Questions for your doctor

Below are questions to ask your doctor to learn about breast cancer, and your care and treatment options. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification. 

  • What type of breast cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread? If so, how far? How fast is it growing?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • How long will treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • Will I have a lot of pain with the treatment? What will be done about this?
  • Are the latest tests and treatments for this type of cancer available in this hospital?
  • Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
  • How frequently will I need check-ups after treatment?
  • Who should I see for my check-up appointments?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Should I change my diet during or after treatment?
  • If the cancer comes back, how will I know?

This information was last reviewed in July 2016
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