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Breast Cancer - Inflammatory

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 4/2010
Questions to Ask the Doctor

Regular communication with your doctor is important in making informed decisions about your health care. Consider asking the following questions of your doctor:

  • What type of breast cancer do I have?
  • What is the stage of my cancer?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What are my options for treatment?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
  • Who is going to help coordinate my treatment and follow-up care?
  • What treatment do you recommend? Why?
  • What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short term and the long term?
  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
  • If I'm worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • Could this treatment affect my fertility (ability to have children in the future)? If so, are there other treatments available that do not pose as high a risk to my fertility but are equally effective?
  • What are the chances that the cancer be successfully treated?
  • How can I keep myself as healthy as possible during treatment?
  • Now that you have examined me, am I a good candidate for reconstruction?
  • What types of breast reconstruction options do I have?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type?
  • What are the chances the cancer will come back after treatment?
  • Whom do I call for questions or problems?
  • What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
  • What support services are available to me? To my family?

For additional questions, see the Guide to Breast Cancer.

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