R. J. Bell MBBS, PhD, MPH, FAFPHM; M. Schwarz MBBS, FRACP, FACP, FAChPM; P. Fradkin MBBS; S. R. Davis MBBS, PhD, FRACP.
Use of imaging in surveillance of women with early stage breast cancer
Article first published online: 17 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Authors. ANZ Journal of Surgery © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
ANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume 83, Issue 3, pages 129–134, March 2013
How to Cite
Bell, R. J., Schwarz, M., Fradkin, P. and Davis, S. R. (2013), Use of imaging in surveillance of women with early stage breast cancer. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83: 129–134. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2012.06229.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 17 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 MAY 2012
- BUPA Health Foundation
- National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Grant Numbers: 219279, 490938
- Novartis Oncology Australia
- L.E.W. Carty Trust
- Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation
- Connie and Craig Kimberley and Roy Morgan Research
- breast cancer;
There is no evidence of benefit in terms of survival or quality of life for intensive surveillance of women with early breast cancer (BC) and current guidelines reflect this. We have examined whether Victorian women, nearly 4 years from a diagnosis of localized BC, were being managed according to these guidelines.
Participants are women in the BUPA Health Foundation Health and Wellbeing after Breast Cancer prospective cohort study. All participants completed an enrolment questionnaire within 12 months of diagnosis and then completed follow-up questionnaires every 12 months thereafter. In the third follow-up questionnaire, completed nearly 4 years from the time of diagnosis, women were asked about imaging tests they had in the previous 12 months.
The analysis was completed on 673 women who were stage 1 at the time of diagnosis and had not reported evidence of recurrence or a new BC since diagnosis. Of the 673, 603 (89.5%) reported having had a mammogram in the previous 12 months and 319 (52.9% of those having a mammogram) reported a breast ultrasound. Seventy-one per cent of women reported no other imaging investigations in the previous 12 months.
Our study shows that, nearly 4 years from diagnosis, Australian practitioners are generally adhering to guidelines about imaging surveillance of BC survivors. Practitioners could use the guidelines for the education of BC survivors about appropriate health surveillance.