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What questions should I ask about my initial diagnosis of breast cancer?

If you have an initial diagnosis of breast cancer, you may want to ask your doctor the following questions:
  • What type of breast cancer do I have? What stage is it? Is it invasive?
  • What lab tests were done on the tumor tissue and what did they show? Has my tumor spread to my lymph nodes?
  • What are my treatment options for this type and stage of breast cancer?
  • Do I have the option of lumpectomy plus radiation or mastectomy?
  • What are the risks, benefits, side effects and complications of these treatments? How will they make me feel? Will I lose my hair?
  • How long will the treatments take? How will I know if they are helping?
  • Will any of these treatments cause premature menopause or infertility?
  • Are there clinical trials available? Are they covered by insurance?
  • What kind of support is available to me? Is there a social worker who can advise me on how to tell my employer about my cancer?
  • Will I need help around the house during my treatment, such as child care, preparing meals and general housekeeping?

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