You have found out that your biopsy is positive for breast cancer

Take some time to carefully determine who needs to know right away, like your spouse, children, siblings and parents. It is sometimes observed that your family may not be as much support as you need, for a number of reasons, they may not handle the news well, they may be preoccupied with illnesses or challenges of their own, they may geographically be distant. Think of four or five other people to include in this inner circle of support, people who you know will provide the emotional stability you will need.
When should you tell people?
Tell the people who think will take the news better because they will see you are in control. Make a game plan. When you feel comfortable, when you think they can help you. You don’t need someone falling apart since you have cancer. Remember you have not caused this. Regardless of your nutritional habits, family history or anything you have read about that might contribute to cancer. No one knows what causes breast cancer.
Professional counselling:
If you find yourself so emotional, that you cannot function, do seek individual counselling. Prolonged feelings of being overwhelmed, out of control, anger, depression or paralysed about making a decision need attention. Find specialists in issues associated with cancer.
Which specialists will treat you?
Surgeon: Your lead doctor through the initial phase of cancer treatment. S/he may suggest an oncologist if you need chemotherapy.
Plastic surgeon: Choose a plastic surgeon who will work with your breast surgeon. They need to agree on the reconstructive surgery appropriate for you.
Pathologist: S/he will conduct several tests on pieces of tumor removed to determine cancer and extent to which it has spread through your body.
Medical oncologist: S/he determines and oversees your chemotherapy regimen, if required.
Radiation oncologists: S/he plans a programme of radiation therapy.
Radiation therapist: S/he runs the machines that administer your daily radiation treatment.
Psychologist/psychiatrist: They help you if you feel apart, paralysed by fear or generally unable to cope.
Nutritionist: While you are undergoing chemotherapy, certain foods may help tolerate chemotherapy and its side effects.
Gynaecologist: S/he may help restore your reproductive cycle to normalcy. Also s/he may monitor you more carefully for other reproductive cancers once if you have had breast cancer.
Questions to ask your doctor about the pathology report:
What type of breast cancer do I have? What stage is my breast cancer? What were the grade of the tumor and the rate of cell growth? What lab tests were done on my tumor? What were the results? What other tests are available?
A second opinion:
If your doctors don’t give you the information or responses you want, get a second opinion or even a third.
Whether to start treatment right away:
You can wait a few weeks to begin your treatment, but check with your doctor. Waiting may get added opinions and information to make a more educated decision.
What if the second opinion is different?
If all the doctors give you the same diagnosis (stage, grade, ER/PR status, etc.), but recommend different treatments, remember, there may be several ways to treat an individual cancer. You could consider another opinion.

Paul Zand is a Medical Student and a freelancer who is specialized in writing. He is associate with many Pharmacies for whom he writes articles based on generic drugs like Zenegra, Generic Viagra, Kamagra 100mg Online and such.


January 27, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Health and Fitness

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