Newly Diagnosed: Questions to Ask your Doctor
Have you just received a diagnosis of breast cancer?
You probably have a thousand questions, concerns and feel overwhelmed and confused. Please see other blog entries for more detailed information on these topics.
The following are some important questions to ask your doctor which will help with decision making:
What stage is my breast cancer?
Is my breast cancer invasive?
Am I a candidate for Oncotype DX®, or other diagnostic tests?
Will I have further testing to determine if my cancer has metastasized?
What is my lymph node status?
How large is my tumor?
What grade is my tumor?
What is my hormone receptor status?
What is my HER2 status?
How quickly is my cancer growing?
What are my chances for a recurrence?
Is there a way to determine the likelihood that I will benefit from chemotherapy? Ask about OncotypeDx profile.
How can I get a copy of my pathology report and testing information?
Obtain a copy of your pathology report from your doctor to help you stay informed about your breast cancer and treatment options.