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Hi everyone,    I am looking for some advise.   I have been cancer free for the last four years and I am due to get my final check up in April this year.  As I have just moved in November from Scotland  I don't really know where to start.   I made an appointment to see a GP, whom I found to be  very pleasant but not too helpful.   The GP said I could go see a specialist, get a mammogram then go back to see her or go see her first then get a referral.  Can anyone tell me the best procedure, recommend a good specialist, tell me how much it costs etc?     Any advise would be appreciated.  

Many Thanks

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  • socoda
    socoda Member Posts: 1,767
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    Hi @maggie101, First Congratulations on being cancer free for the last 4 years, that's excellent! So which area do you live in? This will help others who also live in that area assist you with either gp's or specialists in that area who are good. And yes you are correct gp first and then a referral for a mammogram or to Breast screen depending in if you have an implant. Breast screen provides the service through medicare (so if you have a medicare card it's free) and they are specialists in the breast cancer area so are a great service. Hope this helps and let us know how you get on. Xx
  • Mira
    Mira Member Posts: 678
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    @socoda I was under the impression Breastscreen is only for those who haven't had cancer.
  • Lisa_BCNA
    Lisa_BCNA Staff Posts: 140
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    Hi Maggie101,

    It's Lisa from the Policy Team. I just wanted to jump in to let you know that in most states and territories in Australia, women affected breast cancer are now able to return to BreastScreen five years after diagnosis, and earlier in some states. It might be worth contacting a BreastScreen service in your state to talk about whether you may be able to receive a mammogram through BreastScreen. 

    Though, to find a specialist who will be able to manage your follow up care in an ongoing way, you may like to get a referral from your GP to see a breast surgeon or breast physician, or a breast clinic in your area if there is one.

    Best wishes,
    Lisa
  • maggie101
    maggie101 Member Posts: 2
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    Thank you very much  secoda, mira and lisa  for your help.  Very much appreciated.   I live in the  Rockingham area so I am sure I will be able to get a clinic no problem.

    Thank you

    Maggie

  • socoda
    socoda Member Posts: 1,767
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    Hi @Mira, I was sent a letter from breast screen after I had mastectomy advising that I was able to return to them for my screening if I got a referral from my gp. I'm assuming that it is because I had a single mastectomy rather than a double. Probably is a case by case basis but it's only a phone call to find out and they are such a fantastic service  ;) Xx Cath
  • iserbrown
    iserbrown Member Posts: 5,565
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    I was told I couldn't return to Breastscreen after my mastectomy.
  • socoda
    socoda Member Posts: 1,767
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    Hi Christine @iserbrown maybe its different depending on which state you are in? My letter did not have a 5 year term mentioned in it either and it was only sent in the latter part of last year.
  • mum2jj
    mum2jj Member Posts: 4,331
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    Hi maggie101. My hairdresser moved here from the UK. Her GP referred her to a breast surgeon who oversaw her checkups etc. 
    hope this helps. 
    Paula xx
    PS congrats on 4 years. Awesome xxx
  • iserbrown
    iserbrown Member Posts: 5,565
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    Hi Cath - here is a link to our site talking of this topic - it seems it depends which State you are in whether you can return to Breastscreen after the 5 year mark
    https://www.bcna.org.au/about-us/advocacy/position-statements/breastscreen-australia/
  • Romes4
    Romes4 Member Posts: 1
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    Just a question , on weather this is normal or not , diagnosed 3 years ago for a ductal carcinoma , lumpectomy removed, radiation for 6 weeks horrific burns , then hysterectomy , then another surgery as scar from lumpectomy attached to chest wall , besides that , every time I go for a scan ultrasound , I always have to go through the painful experience of having biopsies , I have lost count of them but last week had my usual scan and required 4 biopsies then you have the horrendous wait of 3 to 4 days , just wondering if this is the norm for everyone else?
  • Afraser
    Afraser Member Posts: 4,388
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    Can't say I have had that experience. I did have a biopsy when I discovered a lump under my arm (other side from my mastectomy) and the wait for that was a bit anxious (it was all fine, totally benign) but haven't had biopsies as a standard test.