Planning Breast Cancer Treatments
Many breast cancer patients desire to actively
participate in choosing their own healthcare.. They want to learn all they can about their
disease and their choices of breast cancer
treatments. But it can be challenging for patients to come up with all the questions they want to
ask the doctor because of the shock and stress they frequently experience after receiving a
diagnosis. A question list that has been prepared in advance is frequently beneficial. To help remember
what the doctor says, patients may take notes or ask whether they may use a tape recorder.Some people
like to bring a friend or family member with them when they visit the doctor in order to participate in
the conversation, take notes, etc.
The patient can request a recommendation from her doctor or from another physician who specializes in treating
Treatments for breast cancer typically start a few weeks following the diagnosis. There will be time for
the woman to talk with the doctor about her treatment choices, to get a second opinion, and to prepare herself and
her loved ones.
The patient might seek a second opinion on the diagnosis and treatment strategy prior to beginning breast cancer therapies. Some insurance companies require a second opinion
; others may cover a second opinion if the woman requests it. It may take a little while to arrange to see another
doctor. In most cases, a brief delay (up to 3 or 4 weeks) between biopsy and treatment does not make
breast cancer treatments any less effective. There are a
number of ways to find a doctor for a second opinion:
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