WHEN BREAST CANCER IS DIAGNOSED
to these questions will help you understand your diagnosis.
did my biopsy show?
kind of breast cancer do I have?
were the results of my estrogen and progesterone tests? What were
the results of the other tests
tests will I have before surgery to see if the cancer has spread?
I get a copy of the pathology report of the biopsy for my records?
would you classify the stage of my cancer at this point?
to these questions below will help you determine the best type
of treatment for you.
are my treatment options? What procedures are you recommending
for me and why?
are the potential risks and benefits of these procedures?
3. Will my lymph nodes be removed and tested at the time of my
surgery? Am I a candidate for sentinel node biopsy? Why or why
this question if the tests were not done during the biopsy: Will
estrogen and progesterone receptor tests be done on the tissue
removed during surgery? What will these tests tell you? Will other
special tests be done on the tissue?
I a candidate for breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy/partial
a mastectomy is recommended, am I a candidate for reconstructive
I need additional treatment with radiation therapy, chemotherapy,
and/or hormonal therapy following my surgery? If so, can you refer
me to a medical oncologist or a radiation oncologist? If I do
need chemotherapy and/or radiation, will this affect the timing
of my reconstruction?
breast reconstruction be done at the time of the surgery, as well
as later? What would you recommend for me?
potential risks and benefits are involved?
I choose not to have reconstruction, how can I find out about
breast prostheses? Will my insurance cover this?
long do I have to make a treatment decision?
is a clinical trial? Is there a clinical trial that is enrolling
patients with my type of breast cancer? If so, how can I learn
you recommend a breast cancer specialist at another hospital for
a second opinion?
to these questions below will help you prepare for the results
of your surgery.
will the surgical scar(s) be? Can the incision be done with
cosmetic consideration, re: the location of the scar?
physical and emotional side effects can I expect after the operation?