The adage “knowledge is power” rings true even in the face of something as daunting as cancer. Needless to say, if diagnosed, there is a vital need to become informed on breast cancer. An integral component of this quest for information will be maintaining a strong communication channel with your doctor so that questions can be asked comfortably. To this end, here are 10 important questions to ask your doctor if diagnosed with breast cancer:
1. Exactly what type of breast cancer do I have?
2. How do I get a copy of my pathology report?
3. What’s the cancer’s stage? What does that mean?
4. Has the cancer spread to my lymph nodes or other organs?
5. How does this affect my treatment options and long-term outcome (prognosis)?
6. What are my chances of survival, based on my cancer as you see it?
7. How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
8. Will I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
9. What are my treatment choices? What treatment do you recommend and why?
10. Should I get a second opinion? How do I do that?
Source: The American Cancer Society