Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer

Before your doctor’s appointment, it’s always good to think about what you want to find out. If you don’t, you might forget to ask questions that are important to you.

When you’re talking about cancer, there’s a lot to take in. So have a pen and paper with you so you can take notes during your appointment. That way you’ll be able to remember what the doctor says.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you should find out certain things. Print this page and take the questions with you to your next appointment.

  1. What kind of breast cancer do I have? What stage? What does that mean?
  2. Where exactly do I have cancer? Is it in my lymph nodes?
  3. What treatment options do you recommend for me and why?
  4. How should I prepare for treatment?
  5. Can diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices help me recover?
  6. After I'm treated, what’s my risk of getting other cancers? Are my family members at risk?
  7. Will breast cancer treatment affect my ability to have children?
  8. What are my options for breast reconstruction?
  9. Are there clinical trials that might be well-matched for me?
  10. Are there breast cancer support groups in my area?

WebMD 10 Questions Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on August 31, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society : "Questions to Ask My Doctor About Breast Cancer."

BreastCancer.org: "Your Diagnosis: Questions to Ask Your Doctor."

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