I Have Breast Cancer, What Questions Do I Ask My Doctor?

It’s important for you to be able to talk openly with your cancer care team. Your doctors are there to answer your questions so you have a clear understanding of your treatment options.

But it can be challenging to get the right answers when you’re unsure of the right questions to ask. Here are some questions you can ask to provide you with a greater understanding of your treatment options.

What do I ask my doctors about breast cancer?

Don’t be afraid to tell your nurses and doctors that you don’t understand them. If you wait until you get home to do research instead of asking your doctors the questions you have, you can end up feeling overwhelmed.

With that in mind, some of the following questions may not apply to you but they can help you get the conversation started. Make sure that you write down questions of your own and ask your doctors to expand on certain answers if necessary.

Here are a few questions to ask when you’ve been told you have breast cancer, when you’re deciding on a treatment plan, and if you need surgery.

 

  • What type of breast cancer do I have exactly?
  • Where is my cancer and how big is it?
  • Has my cancer spread anywhere else?
  • What stage of cancer do I have and what does it mean?
  • Will I need to undergo other tests before choosing a treatment?
  • How soon do I need to start treatment?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What is the goal of my treatment?
  • Which type of treatment do you recommend?
  • How long will my treatment take?
  • Is breast-conserving surgery a good option for me?
  • How do I get a second opinion?

 

Doctors aren’t the only ones capable of providing you with information about your cancer care treatment. Feel free to ask other healthcare professionals, such as social workers and nurses, any questions you may have about your treatment options or where you can find support.

Want a second opinion on your breast biopsy results?

Approximately 50% of women 40 years or older reported having a mammogram within the past year, according to the 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Some 64% reported having a mammogram within the last two years.

Mammography and breast biopsies are optimal for detecting breast cancer before it’s spread so it’s easier to treat. But sometimes you may want a second opinion on your breast biopsy and mammogram results so you know for sure what your next step ought to be.

Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists offer second opinion consultations for breast biopsy results and mammograms so you can feel confident in your results. To learn more about breast MRI interpretations or to schedule a second opinion consultation, contact Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists today.

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