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WebMD's 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer

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 worth asking. 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?

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2. How should I explain my condition to my spouse, family or friends? Are family members also at risk?

3. Do diet, exercise and other lifestyle issues affect my ability to recover from breast cancer?

4. What treatment options are appropriate for me and why?

5. Are there clinical trials in my area that may be helpful to me?

6. After I'm treated for breast cancer, what is my risk of getting other cancers?

7. How should I prepare for treatment?

8. What are the issues surrounding reconstructive surgery, and is it right for me?

9. Will breast cancer treatment affect my sex life or my ability to have children?

10. Are there support groups for women with breast cancer in my area?

WebMD 10 Questions

Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on June 26, 2012

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