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Breast Cancer In Situ: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis To Treatment Decision

Think About Your Goals.

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Consider what is important to you. Prioritizing your goals will help when it comes time to make medical decisions.

There can be as many goals as there are people. Some common goals to consider relate to:

  • Beating breast cancer
  • Keeping a clear head because of work
  • Minimal time off work 
  • Preserving your breast
  • A treatment covered by your health insurance
  • Minimal out of pocket expense
  • A treatment close to home
  • Minimal amount of pain
  • Treatment by a particular doctor
  • Treatment in a particular hospital or treatment center
  • Quality of life
  • Length of life

It may help to list your goals on Survivorship A to Z's prioritizer. You can save the document and add to it over time. With the press of a button, your list will be reordered to your priority. 

Stay open to change. Goals may change as time progresses and you try various treatments.

Discuss your goals with your health care team both when making a treatment decision and on an ongoing basis. If your goals change, let your team know.

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