Worries about breast cancer coming back
Most people worry about breast cancer coming back (recurrence). These worries are normal, and the fear and anxiety usually lessens with time.
Knowing how to continue to be breast and body aware after treatment and the symptoms you should report can help manage your feelings of uncertainty.
The treatment you received will have been given to reduce the risk of the breast cancer coming back at its original site or elsewhere in the body.
While most people have no further problems, sometimes breast cancer can return after treatment.
Staying breast aware after treatment
Whether you have had breast-conserving surgery or a mastectomy (with or without reconstruction), it’s important to be aware of any changes to the breast or surrounding area, even if you’re still having follow-up appointments or regular mammograms.
It can be difficult to know how your breast or scar area should feel after treatment. The area around the scar may feel lumpy, numb or sensitive. You’ll need to get to know how it looks and feels so you know what’s normal for you.