NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early-Stage
(STAGES I AND II)
, Version 1.2016
Breast cancer recurrence
• Breast cancer may return in or near the
breast, near to where the breast was
removed, or in distant organs.
• Treatment planning is needed for a
• Treatment for a local recurrence is based on
prior treatment. Surgery is advised if possible.
Treatment should also include radiation
therapy if not received before. Systemic
treatment may be part of your treatment.
• Treatment for a recurrence in your lymph
nodes depends on which lymph nodes have
cancer. Surgery with radiation therapy is
advised for a recurrence in axillary lymph
nodes. Recurrences in other lymph nodes
should be treated with radiation therapy.
Systemic treatment may be received after any
type of lymph node recurrence.