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What to ask your doctor about living with breast cancer

Men and women discussing breast cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • How long will it take for me to get back to normal life?
  • Is there any counselling available to help me with the emotional side of breast cancer?
  • Are there medicines to help reduce menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes?
  • Will the medicines cause side effects?
  • Is there any practical help I can get?
  • How can I reduce tiredness?
  • Would complementary therapies help me to cope with depression, tiredness or anxiety?
  • Is there anyone who can help me with financial issues, including claiming benefits?
  • What kind of birth control is best for me?
  • How well does this type of birth control prevent pregnancy?
  • What problems might I have if I get pregnant before my treatment is finished?
  • How long after my treatment should I wait before trying to get pregnant?
  • Are there health and other risks of being pregnant once the breast cancer treatment ends?
  • How much exercise can I do?
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Updated: 29 October 2012