Once your chemotherapy is completed, the medical oncologist will generally meet with you about 4 to 6 weeks after completion of your last dose of chemotherapy. That meeting is often meant to talk about any leftover side effects and how you’re recovering from your treatment. We use that time to talk about hormonal therapy and if it’s appropriate in your situation. We also talk about the importance of followup and who’s going to follow you. It is important after completion of treatment that you undergo surveillance. We’re looking for any evidence of recurrence and we also want to identify any new.
Breast cancer that may arise. So patients are followed by their involved physicians. It may be the medical oncologist, the surgeon the radiation oncologist, or the family physician. And most importantly, it’s about being assessed, having an examination including bilateral breast examination where that’s appropriate and ensuring that you have proper imaging. Typically that would involve annual mammogram. When I finish my radiation treatment then I will be seeing my oncologist here at North York General and the surgeon in a rotation. I don’t see them all the time I see them in a rotation. Once every six months we’ll be doing followup mammography, etcetera.
And again, all of that will be laid out for me, the schedule built and the nurse navigator will likely be the one who lets me know where I’m going next. It’s important for people to feel safe. I don’t believe that you can really heal properly if you’re afraid, if you’re tense, if you’re nervous if you feel vulnerable all the time. And this team here is absolutely wonderful. I think the main advice that I would give to anyone who stands in my shoes and I’m really hoping that nobody really has to but I know it will happen.
PostChemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer at North York General
Ask questions, be part of it. Don’t feel as though you are just a victim. We are not victims, this is a life event. This is something that we have to manage. We have wonderful caregivers to see us through this and take care of us. But they are our caregivers, they are not totally responsible, we are responsible for ourselves and our own healing. If you’re starting this journey, it is just a journey. It’s not your whole life, it’s just part of your life and the key is just.
Be positive. You’ll get through it, you’ll have a lot of us support, a lot of love. There’s a lot of people around, they do have the support groups, just be positive, just be happy. When you’re going through it, it’s all this break in your normal activity. It’s just trying to find a way to get back to normal, whatever normal is yeah. And so normal is going to be different, so it’s coming to terms with that. Alright, okay well we have this, this thing that we have that we’re working our way.
Through. The worst of it is definitely over but okay let’s see now we don’t have as many trips down to Toronto as we did before and we are getting back into a routine. So it’s almost like you’re thankful that, ok, I’m getting back into my daily routines. I’m able to travel with my son’s hockey team again and I’m able to do anything for able to look forward to vacations with the family and plan ahead. I’m just glad I’m back to playing volleyball and playing baseball and you know there’s some things, you.
Know, you go to water ski and it’s a little bit harder and things aren’t working exactly the same but but, all in all, things are the way they were. Attitude is so important and I mean you’re going to have days for sure where you’re going to want to throw something and you’re going to say why me But just let it be that and let it go because it’s just so important to be thankful that it wasn’t any worse. It’s so important. I’ve met so many women that.