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    Posted: Oct 31 2019 at 7:36am
Can anyone tell me, if the cancer reoccures, is this usual in the breast or can it also be in other parts of the body, even when you have a full response to chemo and no involved nodes?

Will they discover distant re-occurance in standard check ups?

Is there a big difference between people who did radiation and those that did not?
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I donít know about the radiation, but my oncologist says if it reoccurs they catch it by symptoms.  They do not do regular screenings ( like a PET scan) here unless there are symptoms.  That all seems backwards to me but it seems to be standard of care.  In reading posts I would say there are reoccurrences in the same breast, other breast or other parts of the body with no particular pattern.
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My surgeon told me right at the beginning, on giving me my diagnosis, that I'd have the op, the chemo and the radio.

I questioned him about the radio and his reply was, well I don't want you not to have radio and then come back with metastases in a year or two's time.  He said the radio was a belt and braces scenario, to make as sure as we could, that any stray cancer cells would be wiped out and make recurrence LESS likely.  Note he didn't say UNlikely, just less likely so.  Take whatever comfort you can from that because there really are NO guarantees with this as with everything else in life.
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