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What to ask your doctor about breast cancer treatment

Men and women discussing breast cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Has the cancer spread?
  • What stage is the cancer?
  • What grade is my cancer and what does that mean?
  • What is the likely outcome (prognosis) of my cancer?
  • What type of treatment do I need?
  • What is the aim of the treatment
  • Is there any choice of treatments?
  • Is there a specialist nurse I can see?
  • Is there a counsellor I can talk things through with?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of the treatments?
  • What can I do to help with side effects?
  • What written information can you give me about my treatment?
  • How often will I have to go to the hospital for treatment?
  • Is any transport available?
  • Is it possible to have help paying my fares?
  • How long will the course of treatment be?
  • Could you arrange for me to have a second opinion?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or trials you would recommend for me?
  • What happens if I decide not to have treatment?
  • How often will you want to see me after my treatment is finished?
  • What will happen at the follow up appointments?
  • Are there any signs of the cancer coming back that I should I be looking out for?
  • Is there a number I can call if I'm worried between appointments?
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Updated: 2 August 2014