NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Stage 0 Breast Cancer - page 17

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Stage 0 Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014
Follow-up care
Breast awareness
Examining your own breasts is important. You should
know the feel and look of your breasts so that you
can tell if significant changes have occurred. If you
get menstrual periods, a self exam at the end of your
period may provide the best information.
When you find changes that persist for more than a
month, you should see your doctor. He or she can
decide if you need more tests. Changes in breasts
are often not cancer. But if there’s a problem, having
any changes checked by your doctor will allow you to
get treatment promptly.
Breast MRI
Your doctor may want you to get a breast MRI
maging) if your family has a
strong history of breast cancer. Breast MRI may also
be done if you’ve had radiation therapy near your
breasts. Breast MRI uses powerful magnets to make
pictures of the insides of your breasts.
Before the test, a contrast dye may be injected into
your vein to make the pictures clearer. The dye may
cause you to feel flushed or get hives. Rarely, serious
allergic reactions occur. Tell your doctor if you have
had bad reactions before.
For a breast MRI, you must remove your top and bra
and lie face down on a table. The table has padded
openings for your breasts. In the openings, there are
coils that help to make pictures. During breast MRI,
the table moves slowly through the tunnel of the
MRI machine. A breast MRI is completed in 30 to 45
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