After the Diagnosis


What Are My Options?

Once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you will be asked to participate in decision making about a number of different treatment modalities used against breast cancer. In broad categories, these treatment regimens involve combinations of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. You will work with a surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist to come up with a treatment plan that is particular to your cancer and your situation. To do this well requires a high level of communication with and among your various physicians and is best carried out with a “team” approach. Other members of your team include breast cancer support services, genetics counselors, oncology nurses, and clinical trial coordinators along with your primary care doctor.

Copyright 2008 by Janet Grange, MD