Breast Cancer Questions to Ask Your Doctor Northeast Philadelphia
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Breast Cancer Questions to Ask Your Doctor

If you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, here are some questions to ask your doctor to better understand your diagnosis.

  • What type of breast cancer do I have?
  • What is the grade of the tumor (how aggressive it looks under a microscope)?
  • What is my receptor status (prognostic indicators such as ER, PR, Her-2-neu)?
  • What is the stage of the tumor?
  • Has the tumor spread outside of my breast?
  • What is my risk of the cancer coming back with each treatment (recurrence)?
  • Can you check my Oncotype DX score?
  • What is my risk of swelling in my arm (lymphedema)?
  • Do I need chemotherapy?
  • Do I need radiation therapy?
  • Am I a candidate for the shortened course of radiation therapy (APBI - Accelerated Partial breast irradiation)?
  • What can I do to decrease the risk of my cancer returning?
  • Do I have the breast cancer gene?
  • Am I a candidate for clinical trials?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What are the current treatment options for breast cancer?