Questions to Ask About Treatment for Breast Cancer
If you have breast cancer, it helps to learn all you can about your disease, including what your treatment options are. This will allow you to take an active part in decisions about your medical care. Discuss your choices with your health care providers and loved ones. Your health care providers are the best people to answer your questions about treatment. Make sure you ask how the treatment and its side effects will change your daily life, and how you will look and feel after treatment.
Before beginning treatment, you may want to ask if there are any clinical trials you should consider. These trials test new methods for treating cancer.
At first, the information you get about treatment options may seem overwhelming. Many people find it helpful to make a list of their questions before seeing their health care provider. To make it easier to remember what he or she says, you may want to take notes or ask if you can record the conversation. It may also help to have a family member or friend with you to take part in the discussion, take notes, or just listen.
Use the list of questions below as a starting place, and be sure to write down any others that come to mind: