What should I do if I am diagnosed with invasive cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have invasive cancer, you should take the time to discuss all of your options. Your tumor may be very low risk, in which less treatment can be safe. If your doctor cannot tell you about the risk, ask about molecular tests such as MammaPrint or oncotype Dx as the results may make a big difference in helping you decide which treatments may be right for you. While breast cancer treatment often starts with surgery, sometimes it is better not to. If your tumor is on the large side, you should ask about starting first with the treatments that affect your whole body (hormone therapy or chemotherapy) as they may shrink your tumor, help you learn about how effective the treatments are, and change the type of surgery you need. There are also many opportunities for clinical trials. 

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