Breast Cancer: 16 Questions to Ask
Your mind is likely swirling with questions. That's perfectly understandable. You may also have trouble listening to, understanding, or remembering what people tell you as you attempt to digest all the information you are hearing and reading. That's why it's a good idea to bring someone to your doctor appointments to help you remember important information. Here are some of the questions you may want to ask:
- What type of breast cancer do I have?
- How advanced is my disease?
- What types of additional testing will I need?
- What are my treatment options?
- Will I need a mastectomy?
- Should my lymph nodes be removed?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- How soon can I undergo breast reconstruction (If mastectomy is warranted?)
- How will my breast cancer impact my level of physical activity going forward?
- What about follow-up care?
- Will I need to stop taking hormone replacement therapy?
- What is my risk of the breast cancer returning in my breast or elsewhere in my body?
- Will I still be able to work while having my treatments?
- How long will each phase of treatment take?
- Are my children now at higher risk of getting this disease?
- What can I do to best prepare myself for each phase of treatment?