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Treating Breast Cancer Early

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At Your Appointment

Breast Cancer Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Is this the first time you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, or is it a recurrence?
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of cancer?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • Have you reached menopause?
  • How would you feel if mastectomy is recommended?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with breast cancer?
  • Are you experiencing any side effects from the cancer treatments?
  • Is this the first breast abnormality that's been spotted?
  • Do you feel a lump in your breast? If so, where is it and when did you first notice it?
  • Have you previously been told you have fibroids in the breast?
  • When was your last mammogram?
  • Do you have a family history of breast cancer?
  • How are you tolerating the medications and treatments for breast cancer?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the treatment plan that was initially proposed to you?
  • Is there some form of treatment you'd like to avoid, if possible?
  • How will my breast lump be evaluated?
  • How long will it take to find out if I have breast cancer?
  • How will you know which type of breast cancer I have?
  • Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of breast cancer?
  • What type of breast cancer do I have?
  • What is the stage of my breast cancer?
  • Has the breast cancer spread to my lymph nodes or anywhere else?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • Are there alternative treatments that can get similar outcomes?
  • How long will it take to treat my breast cancer?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • How long will I need to have chemotherapy or take medication for breast cancer?
  • If I am having bad side effects from my treatments, are there other options for me?
  • Are my new symptoms a direct result of my breast cancer treatment?
  • How aggressive is my breast cancer?
  • Are there any new breast cancer treatments that I'm a candidate for?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 16
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  1. Breast Cancer - Metastatic: Questions to Ask the Health Care Team. American Society of Clinical Oncology.
  2. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer. American Cancer Society.