What are some of the important questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer?
Hey loves !
I hope everyone’s had a good week ! I managed to go to university this week (after 7 weeks of time off to recover from my laparotomy) so i’m feeling super AWESOME ! Yayyy to being able to go back to uni !
This post will be focused on questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer when you are first diagnosed. When my breast surgeon (Dr Harjit Kaur), sat me down and broke the news to me, I didn’t know what to say, or even what to ask. The words cancer treatment, chemotherapy and surgery was used a lot that day. I remember just wanting to get it all over and done with ! I didn’t know anyone else going through breast cancer, so when it came time to understand more about my diagnosis and breast cancer treatment plan, I turned to Mr/Dr/Sheikh/Encik/Uncle Google.
Here are the top 10 questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer:
- What are the types of breast cancer? Which do I have?
- How big is my tumor?
- What stage & grade of breast cancer do I have? What is the difference between breast cancer stages and grades? How are they determined?
- What is my treatment plan? In what order will the cancer treatment commence?
- Are there other tests that need to be done? If yes, what will it determine?
- What is an ER, PR, HeR2 test? How does it affect my cancer treatment?
- Do I need chemotherapy? If yes, will chemotherapy be done in the same hospital? Is neo adjuvant chemotherapy an option?
- Do I need surgery? If yes, what type and is a lumpectomy an option?
- Do I need radiation therapy?
- I would like to see an oncologist (assuming that a doctor other than your oncologist is giving you the news). Can you refer me to one to discuss my options?
These questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer helped me tremendously to understand my diagnosis, and will hopefully help you too. This is only a guideline and is only for the initial diagnosis. There are many parts to cancer treatment, but the best thing I have learned is to take information in small doses to fully understand what it is you are or will be going through.
Remember, it is absolutely normal to feel scared, shocked and overwhelmed when your doctor first tells you that you have breast cancer. It’s okay to feel sad and it’s okay to cry. It’s also okay to take a breather, take some time to digest the news and then come back to ask the questions. More often than not, doctors will understand.
Everything will be okay. Take things one day at a time.
“Life is tough my darling, but so are you.”