Understanding your cancer diagnosis, treatment plan, prognosis and the associated side effects and implications is important for making informed decisions about your health. The best source of information is usually your doctor, and compiling a list of what you want to know in advance is a useful way to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity to have your questions answered.

We've developed the following list of questions specific to breast cancer for you to ask your doctor and we suggest you add your own too.

  • Exactly what type of breast cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread to my lymph nodes or other organs?
  • Is breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) an option for me? Why or Why not?
  • Can I have reconstruction at the same time as the surgery to remove the cancer? What are the pros and cons of breast reconstruction?
  • What is lymphedema and am I at risk of it? What can I do to reduce my risk for lymphedema?
  • Will I experience premature menopause and infertility?

More general questions for your doctor can be found here.

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