Doctors asking how much post-surgical follow-up is needed
On Saturday, Reisman, 52, a former New York lawyer who now freelances for the Shoreline Times, held a party to celebrate two decades of survival. Looking back on the years after her surgery, Reisman said the fear that the cancer could return was compounded by the anxiety she felt about the multiple MRIs she was required to undergo to make sure it hadn’t.
Reisman’s experience has buttressed the concern of Dr. Cary Gross, her brother-in-law, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine. With new studies showing that multiple surveillance procedures don’t necessarily improve patient outcomes in at least some cancers, he is concerned about whether aggressive post-treatment testing is really necessary, given the anxiety, cost and even occasional false positive results that accompany it.