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A new baseline mammogram of the affected breast is often done six months after completion of initial therapy. For breast cancer patients this is called a surveillance mammogram. Many patients are able to go back to a yearly schedule of imaging their breasts soon after treatment. Have a conversation with your doctor to determine if additional surveillance or breast screening imaging techniques (like ultrasound and/or MRI) are necessary. In most cases, women will only need mammograms for surveillance after undergoing a lumpectomy.
Imaging is still needed for the unaffected breast to detect any possible changes in your breast tissue. We recommend yearly surveillance mammograms on the unaffected side.
Women who undergo a bilateral mastectomy (the removal of both breasts) with or without reconstruction will not receive any routine imaging since essentially all of the breast tissue has been removed.