Breast Cancer Questions

Questions to Ask Before Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

You may want to ask your doctor these questions before receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer:
 
  • Why do I need chemotherapy?
  • What drugs do you recommend? How successful is this treatment for my type and stage of breast cancer?
  • What are the benefits and risks of taking these drugs?
  • Are there any research studies that I should consider?
  • How will we be sure that the drugs are working?
  • Where and how will I receive these drugs? Will someone stay with me during treatments?
  • How many treatments will I need, and how long will I be on chemotherapy?
  • What are the common side effects of these drugs and how can I manage them?
  • What side effects should I report to you?
  • Are there any restrictions? Will I be able to maintain my normal activities?
  • How should I prepare for the treatment?
  • Will I be able to drive myself home afterward?
  • Will there be long-term side effects? Will I need follow-up care?
  • What if I choose not to have chemotherapy?
     

Questions to Ask Before Hormonal Therapy for Breast Cancer

You may want to ask your doctor these breast cancer questions before undergoing hormone treatment:
 
  • What benefit might I get from hormonal therapy?
  • Which would be better for me: hormone medication or surgery to remove my ovaries? Why?
  • What drug will I be taking? How will I know it is working?
  • What are the side effects and how can I manage them?
  • What side effects should I report to you?
  • How long will I be on hormonal therapy?
  • Will I need follow-up care?
  • What if I don't have breast cancer hormone treatment?
     
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