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Advanced Breast Cancer: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis To Treatment Decision

Ask All Your Questions Before Agreeing To A Treatment Plan.

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In general, treatment for breast cancer involves surgery to remove the tumor and additional therapy such as chemotherapy, anti-estrogen medications or radiation. (Treatments when accompanying surgery are known as "adjuvant therapies").

Before agreeing to a treatment plan, ask all the questions an informed medical consumer would ask, as well as any additional questions you have. 

If the doctor doesn't have time to answer all your questions during an appointment, ask when you can ask your remaining questions. For example, on what day and at what time should you call? Or, when can you see the doctor again? More and more doctors can communicate electronically with patients so ask your doctor about using e-mails.

For a suggested list of questions see the document in "To Learn More."

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