The time is takes for an individual to return to their normal activities depends on a variety of different factors, such as age, treatment and type of cancer. The MDT are there to help.
Some patients find complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies and counselling helpful.
Although complementary therapies maybe helpful, it must be recommended that patients discuss this with their doctors and/ or nurses as some remedies will interfere with certain treatment regimes.
Once primary treatment has ended, a written care plan will be agreed. The aim of treatment follow up over a short-term is to make sure the cancer has not recurred locally (returned in the breast or scar tissue). The team is also able to check on any issues relating to treatment, for example lymphoedema. The plan includes regular mammograms for five years after surgery, then follow up by NHSBSP
Anyone who has had treatment for breast cancer should have access to a breast care nurse for an indefinite period. The nurse can provide telephone advice service or face to face advice, information,and support and arrange appointments at the breast clinic if there is any cause for concern.
Women prescribed tamoxifen or other drugs will be looked after by their GP. If a GP suspects any problems they can refer the woman back to the breast clinic without delay.
Adapted from: wwww.breakthroughcancer.org.uk, http://www.cancer.gov/, http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/