WebMD's 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer
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Going to the doctor can be intimidating. You might feel rushed and forget to ask questions that are important. It's always a good idea to know what to ask beforehand and to take notes when with the doctor. Some of the questions below may be especially relevant to your condition. Print out this page and take it with you to your next appointment.
1. Specifically, what kind of breast cancer do I have, and what stage is it in?
Mastectomy, lumpectomy, and axillary node dissection are fairly safe surgeries. But every surgery has the risk of complications.
You should contact your doctor immediately if you see any signs of:
Infection, including redness and/or swelling of the incision with pus or foul-smelling drainage, perhaps with fever; antibiotics can be used to treat post-surgical infections.
, swelling of the arm and/or hand on the side of the surgery due to the removal...