When your breast biopsy results in a diagnosis of cancer, you may want to ask a lot of questions. Knowing the answers to the questions will help you make good treatment decisions. Here is a list of questions to ask after a breast biopsy. You may want to print this out and bring it the next time you see your doctor.
invasive, ductal or lobular. Some people may have a type of breast cancer that does not yield a palpable lump, and some may have another type that just affects the skin of the nipple. Your treatment options will be tailored to the type of cancer you have, as well as several other factors.
Tumor size is an important part of staging breast cancer, and it affects your treatment decisions. Breast imaging allows for an estimation of tumor size, but the final measurements will be determined by a pathologist after the tumor is removed surgically.
3. Is there only one tumor?A mammogram is often the first test that shows an abnormality in one breast. Before treatment for breast cancer begins, both breasts should be carefully imaged to ensure that the diagnosis and plan for treatment is appropriate and comprehensive. Sometimes a breast MRI will be done to get a different kind of image of the breasts, which can sometimes find abnormalities missed on a mammogram.
tumor marker test. Your score on this test helps predict the way your tumor will respond to chemotherapy, and what your chances of recurrence after treatment may be.
estrogen , progesterone, or both of those hormones. Understanding the test results is important, because this information affects your treatment as well as your follow-up care. If your hormone tests come back negative, you may have triple negative breast cancer, for which new treatments are being developed.
Herceptin to your treatments to target the HER2 receptors on the cancer cells.
breast-conserving surgery or a mastectomy. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer, as that may affect your choices.