Three Questions To Ask Your Doctor After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis
October 7, 2014
PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE, PARADISE VALLEY AND NEARBY AREAS OF ARIZONA
Cancer in and of itself can be one of the most frightening words any of us can hear. As we move into October, breast cancer is something that we are more aware of ways to prevent it, early detection tips, how you come back from breast cancer, and honoring the memory of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we take time, not only in October, but all year, to support those who are affected by breast cancer through a compassionate patient experience.
When women receive news of a breast cancer diagnosis, there can be a lot of questions that they may want to ask, or there may be no questions that they can even come up with because of being overwhelmed. There are also many specific questions that should be asked that you may not come up with on your own.
What kind of breast cancer do I have? What are the specific details of that type of breast cancer?
Understanding exactly what type of breast cancer you have will help you research it and understand your treatment options and outcomes. Your doctor will be able to tell you where in your breast the cancer is located, and any other details you will need to know.
What stage is my cancer? What does that mean?
This is an extremely important question, as the stage of the cancer will indicate the extent of your cancer. It will also let you know if the cancer is invasive or not, the size of the tumor, and if it has affected lymph nodes or other parts of the body. The stage of your breast cancer is the most important factor for your doctor to know to accurately determine your treatment options and your prognosis outcome.
What is my prognosis?
This will let you know what your expected outcome is both with treatment and without treatment. Your prognosis can help you and your doctor make decisions on treatment programs and lifestyle choices.
At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we understand the impact breast cancer can have. It is our goal to treat every breast cancer patient with compassion and understanding during this overwhelming time.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.