• What questions should I ask

    Asked by Shock on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    What questions should I ask

    Going to the Surgeon for the First time!

    2 Answers from the Community

    • cllinda's Avatar

      What kind of cancer is this? How is it treated? Do I need chemo and radiation? What kind of chemo will it be? Insurance questions. How much will each treatment be?
      Will it be a lumpectomy or a mastectomy? Which do you recommend? Why? Is it outpatient surgery? Lumpectomy surgery is usually outpatient. What chance do I have for a second lumpectomy if you don't get clean margins? I was told it was a 25% chance and I did have a second surgery.
      What will be limited while I recover? How soon can I exercise?
      There are so many questions when starting breast cancer. I'm sure more people will add to my list.
      Bring someone with you to appointments because it can be overwhelming. I brought my daughter with and she took notes. My chemo doc even spelled out medical words for us so we could look them up at home. Hugs.

      6 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Usually doctors first explain what he or she wants you to know about what he plans to do, and then you ask questions about what you don't understand or have questions about. If your next step is surgery, be sure you understand about recuperation----whether you need someone with you and for how long, plus how long to be off from work.

      Remember the doctor will know more about the cancer and its treatment after the pathology report after the surgery, because they can't tell how far it's spread from a biopsy. Best wishes.

      6 months ago

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