Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Advanced Breast Cancer

Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 16, 2020

Bring this list to your next doctor's appointment.

  1. Where has my breast cancer spread to?
  2. What are my treatment options?
  3. What are the benefits and side effects of each one?
  4. What do you recommend for me, and why?
  5. What should I expect my treatment to do?
  6. How long will each treatment last?
  7. How much experience do you have with these treatments?
  8. What tests will I need?
  9. How will we know if the treatment is working?
  10. Will my insurance cover all of my treatment costs?
  11. What type of exercise, diet, and relaxation methods help during treatment?
  12. Are there any complementary or alternative therapies that would help with side effects? Are there others I should avoid?
  13. Where can I find support for what I’m going through?
  14. Are there clinical trials I should consider?

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Virginia Borges, MD, associate professor, University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine.

Julie Gralow, MD, director of breast medical oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; professor, University of Washington School of Medicine.

American Cancer Society.

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