Regular communication with your health care team is important in making informed decisions about your health care. Consider asking the following questions of your doctor:
- What type of breast cancer that I have?
- Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- What is the stage of my cancer?
- Should I see a genetic counselor?
- What are my treatment options?
- What clinical trials are open to me?
- What treatment do you recommend? Why?
- 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 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? Who can help me understand what aspects of my care is covered by my insurance?
- What are the chances that the cancer will come back?
- What is my prognosis?
- How can I keep myself as healthy as possible during treatment?
- What follow-up tests will be needed, 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.