Talking with doctors

You may want to see your doctor a few times before making a final decision on treatment. It is often difficult to take everything in, and you may need to ask the same questions more than once. You always have the right to find out what a suggested treatment means for you, and the right to accept or refuse it. Before you see the doctor, it may help to write down your questions. There is a list of questions at the end of this booklet, which may help you.

Taking notes during the session can also help

You may find it helpful to take a family member or friend with you, to take part in the discussion, take notes, or simply listen. Some people find it is helpful to record the discussion. Make sure you understand the reasons for your doctor’s advice. Ask for a second opinion if you want one.

Talking with others

Once you have discussed treatment options with your doctor, you may want to talk them over with someone else, such as family or friends; specialist nurses; your family doctor; the Cancer Society; the hospital social worker or chaplain; your own religious or spiritual adviser; or another person who has had an experience of breast cancer.