Thanks for your post, hopefully your wound problems are settling.
You don’t say what additional treatment you’ve been offered following your mastectomy. However, a DEXA scan is usually requested when someone has started hormone therapy (also called endocrine therapy) with an aromatase inhibitor drug (either anastrozole, letrozole or exemestane) as part of their treatment for early breast cancer.
A DEXA scan measures bone density (strength). It isn’t used to detect any signs of spread of breast cancer. As the aromatase inhibitor drugs can affect bone density and in some cases cause osteoporosis (thinner, weaker bones), it’s usual practice for people starting one of the drugs to have a DEXA scan in the first few months of taking it and after 2-3 years of taking it to monitor their effect.
Our booklet Osteoporosis and Breast Cancer explains more about breast cancer treatment and bone health.
You might find it helpful to ask someone here on the forums or through our Someone Like Me service about their experience of a DEXA scan.
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I know you have posted on the ask our nurses who won't see this until tomorrow. A Dexa scan is an xray to check your bone density, are you going to be on hormone blocking tablets?
A dexa scan gives them a bench mark on your bone density so that they can monitor it. It is not painful at all and only takes about 10 minutes to do, they take an xray type image of your spine and hips. If your on hormone blocking tablets like tamoxifen or letrozole you should have it every two years. I have osteoporosis of the spine and because I am on them I take a combined vit d and calcium tablet twice a day xx
I had a right breast mastectomy 6 months ago with quite a lot of problems with the wound. I have now been told to have a Dexa scan is this normal