Being diagnosed with breast cancer is one of the most difficult and emotional experiences with which you may ever have to cope. This emotional response can make it difficult to ask your doctor the right questions in order to get the information necessary to protect your health. Make sure you stay on track and get the most out of your appointment by asking your doctor the following:
- What Are My Treatment Options?
Common breast cancer treatment methods include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, traditional surgery, robotic surgery, and CyberKnife technology. Your doctor will determine which one of these treatment options is right for you based on the location and size of the tumor, whether or not the cancer has spread to other areas of your body, and any preexisting health conditions.
2. What Lifestyle Changes Should I Make?
Your doctor may recommend making a number of changes to your lifestyle habits in addition to undergoing a specific cancer treatment. Lifestyle modifications may include eating a healthier diet, maintaining your weight, quitting smoking, and getting certain benign breast conditions under control.
3. Will I Require Physical Therapy?
Many women participate in physical therapy or exercise therapy while undergoing cancer treatment or following surgery. This is because exercise helps maintain muscle strength, promote flexibility, and decrease many of the side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
4. What Resources Are at My Disposal?
Your physician should be able to provide you with access to a number of helpful resources over the course of your treatment. This may include referrals to support groups, reconstructive surgeons, physical therapy centers, and local post-mastectomy supply and apparel shops.
Get the breast cancer care you need by contacting Dr. Marla W. Dudak, MD in Boca Raton at (888) 418-6759. We offer a range of treatment options, including cryoablation, partial breast irradiation, and oncotype DX.