I am a four-year breast cancer survivor, and can I ever understand this question! My lump was a 3A--my oncologist said he classified it as a 2, and that he expected it to be fully cured. Because I went thru chemo before my mastectomy, any evidence that the cancer might have spread (when the mastectomy was done) was erased. I see my oncologist every six months and blood work is done every time. My oncologist (the #1 doctor in his practice) is the only one in his practice who does not order body scans to see if the cancer has returned. When I asked why he doesn't order the scans, he said that the scans come up with many false-positives, and he doesn't believe the potential stress from doing additional testing for false-positives is worth it. It may be that your oncologist has decided that the stress of getting false-positive readings isn't worth it. I am like you, though, it's difficult to accept that this is normal when, if there were a recurrence, there may be a treatment that would extend your life, whereas if you find out very late, there may be little that can be done. If this is really bothering you, get a second opinion, or switch doctors. Every day is precious when you are a survivor! God bless you!