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11 Questions to Ask the Medical Oncologist

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    1. Why are you recommending this therapy?
    2. What are the risks?
    3. Are there other ways to treat the cancer?
    4. Where do I go for chemotherapy or hormone therapy?
    5. Is chemotherapy given through the vein or as a pill, and will I need anti-nauseamedications?
    6. Will I be able to drive myself home after treatment, or do I need help?
    7. How long does the treatment last?
    8. What are the risks and side effects?
    9. Will my hair fall out? Will it grow back?
    10. What about premature menopause and infertility?
    11. What should I avoid during treatment? Should I change my diet or lifestyle?

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    Incidence Breast cancer is the most common cancer in pregnant and postpartum women and occurs in about 1 in 3,000 pregnant women. The average patient is between 32 to 38 years of age and because many women choose to delay childbearing, it is likely that the incidence of breast cancer during pregnancy will increase. Pathology Breast cancer pathology is similar in age-matched pregnant and nonpregnant women. Hormone receptor assays are usually negative in pregnant breast cancer patients,...

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    Reviewed by Angela Jain on August 01, 2014
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