Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Breast Cancer

The doctors, nurses, and other members of your care team at the UMC SWCC Breast Center of Excellence are the best source of information about breast cancer. They will explain your diagnosis, treatment options, and progress. We encourage you to take an active role in your care by learning about your cancer and its treatment by asking questions.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some questions that can help get you started.

  • Will I need any other tests before we decide on treatment?
  • Do I need to see any other doctors or health professionals?
  • Should I think about genetic testing? If so, what are the pros and cons of testing?
  • Should I think about taking part in a clinical trial?
  • Will any of the treatment be done by other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have in treating this?
  • What would the goal of treatment be?
  • What symptoms or side effects should I tell you about right away?
  • What would we do if treatment doesn't work or if the cancer comes back?

If you're undergoing surgery:

  • Are you exclusively focused on breast?
  • How many breast surgeries a year do you perform?
  • How many surgeries like mine have you done?
  • Can I have reconstruction at the same time as the surgery to remove the cancer?
  • What level of plastic surgery are you trained in?
  • What is your rate of second operation?
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