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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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Different options include chemotherapy, hormone blockers, radiation therapy, targeted treatments or surgery.

8) Could clinical trials be an option for me?

A well done clinical trial could turn out to be a great treatment option for any stage of breast cancer, according to Cleveland Clinic.

9) How can I learn more about my disease?

MD Anderson Cancer Center recommended asking your doctor these questions to learn more:

- What terms and/or words should I use when seeking information about my cancer?

- What resources do you recommend so I can learn more?

10) What support services are available for me?

Doctors understand that a breast cancer diagnosis is much more than tumors and treatment options. It can be very emotional and many people need help dealing with it.

Two examples of websites that can connect you with support services are Susan G. Komen and CancerCare.

Reviewed October 6, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Catallo, Rosemary. "Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients: Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team." Cancer Treatment & Cancer Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2016.
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