In doing research for this article on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I repeatedly came across a recurring notion of how on earth I would feel if I received a diagnosis of Breast Cancer. Having never been diagnosed with any disease of the sort, I cannot even imagine how many feelings you would experience at once. How many questions would be running through my mind, I asked myself?
At this point, I realized that for someone newly diagnosed, questions can be very powerful. Obtaining answers can help take away fears. The following list is five questions that I hope can help anyone newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer to plan their attack on cancer.
- What is the name of my cancer, where is it, what size is it, has it spread and in what stage is it?
- What is my prognosis and what type of treatment options am I looking at?
- Who does my primary care provider refer to in terms of oncologists, breast surgeons, treatment centers? Does he know them personally? What type of experience do they have?
- What if I don't like the doctor I am referred to? What does my instinct tell me?
- What if my treatment options (Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy) don't allow me to carry on as normal?