Breast Cancer Questions

Questions to Ask Before Treatment for Breast Cancer

You may want to ask your doctor these questions on breast cancer before your treatment begins:
 
  • What did the hormone receptor test show? What did other lab tests show?
  • Do any lymph nodes show signs of cancer?
  • What is the stage of the disease? Has the cancer spread?
  • What is the goal of treatment? What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment? How can side effects be managed?
  • What can I do to prepare for treatment?
  • Will I need to stay in the hospital? If so, for how long?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost? Will my insurance cover it?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me?
     

Questions to Ask Before Breast Cancer Surgery

Consider asking your doctor these breast cancer questions prior to having surgery:
 
  • What kinds of surgery can I consider? Is breast-sparing surgery an option for me? Which operation do you recommend for me? Why?
 
  • Will my lymph nodes be removed? How many? Why?
 
  • How will I feel after the operation? Will I have to stay in the hospital?
 
  • Will I need to learn how to take care of myself or my incision when I get home?
 
  • Where will the scars be? What will they look like?
 
  • If I decide to have plastic surgery to rebuild my breast, how and when can that be done? Can you suggest a plastic surgeon for me to contact?
 
  • Will I have to do special exercises to help regain motion and strength in my arm and shoulder? Will a physical therapist or nurse show me how to do the exercises?
 
  • Is there someone I can talk with who has had the same surgery I'll be having?
     
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