Help! How do I decide what breast cancer treatment is best for me?
We’ve prepared some questions to ask your doctor to help you pick the breast cancer treatment option that’s best for you.
Making sense of all the information
With so much information coming in at once after a breast cancer diagnosis, it can be hard to decide on the best way forward. It’s good to know all the options so that you can feel empowered and find the solution that’s right for you. It may help to write a list of questions that you can take with you to your next appointment.
Questions to ask your doctor:
- What type of breast cancer do I have? What exactly does this diagnosis mean?
- What are my treatment options?
- Is there one treatment option that would be better than the others for me?
- Are there any other therapies that could help me? What would happen if I didn’t have treatment?
- Do I need to have my breast removed?
- Could I just have surgery to remove the tumour without losing my breast?
- Will I need to have radiotherapy or chemotherapy?
- Will I need to take tablets? For how long?
- What are the side-effects of the different treatments? Do they last long-term?
- With surgery, what are the pros and cons of breast reconstruction surgery versus a breast prosthesis?
- What happens after the treatment? What follow up care can I expect?
Your medical team will usually be happy to answer these questions but if you’re not satisfied with the answers, or feel you could do with another discussion to get things straight in your head, do ask for another appointment. You may also want to ask about any relevant literature or online resources that they would recommend.