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Recommendations for follow-up of women with early breast cancer

Unanswered questions

Important unanswered questions about the follow-up of women following treatment for early breast cancer are outlined below. High quality evidence from randomised controlled trials is needed for all aspects of follow-up care. Some of these questions may be addressed in ongoing trials:

  • optimal duration and frequency of follow-up
  • the use of PET or MRI or ultrasound as part of routine follow-up
  • the optimal model of follow-up care within a multidisciplinary team setting
  • subgroups of women who may have specific follow-up care needs
  • economic implications of different models of follow-up care
  • shared care models of follow-up
  • given newer treatments, impact on survival of early detection of asymptomatic metastatic disease.

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