The doctor will ask about any symptoms since the last visit and will do a physical examination of both breasts (or the chest area if the woman has had a mastectomy), the arm and other parts of the body if relevant.
The frequency of these tests will depend on a woman’s individual situation and how long it is since she finished treatment.
In general, the recommended timing for physical examination/history is:
- years 1–2 after treatment: every 3–6 months
- years 3–5 after treatment: every 6–12 months
- more than 5 years after treatment: every year.
Physical examinations could be more or less often than this.