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Managing Your Medical Care: Breast Cancer: Once A Treatment Decision Is Made

Choose A Doctor To Be In Charge Of The Medical Team

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Treatment for breast cancer usually involves more than one cancer doctor plus your primary doctor who takes care of all other medical matters.

Hopefully your doctors will work together cooperatively. Still, there needs to be a leader. Which doctor is leader can vary from time to time as treatment and your situation change. Many times the medical oncologist will act as team leader.

Do not assume that a particular doctor is in charge. Confirm with the doctor you think is in charge that he or she has taken on the role. As your situation changes, check again.

If the doctor who takes the position is not the one you want to be in charge, ask another doctor to fill the role.

Who is in charge generally depends on:

  • The nature of the illness
  • Which doctor you need to see most frequently
  • Who knows you well
  • Who is willing to act as leader

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