Here is a list of DO’s and Don’ts for Breast Cancer
- You get a call back for a suspicious mammogram
Do not totally freak out. Go have another mammogram as soon as possible, early in the day as possible and ask if an ultra sound would be prudent. Ask for a read on your film.
- If it is a breast cancer diagnosis
Do not totally freak out. Slow down. Do not make quick choices and decisions.
- Talk to all your friends and or family who have gone through breast cancer.
If you know someone who had a mastectomy or a lumpectomy ask them about their experience, doctors they used and what was their diagnosis grade.
- Review your health insurance coverage
Check to see if the doctor you chose if you need surgery is in network!
There are in some cases social workers for breast cancer patients. There are many resources available for childcare, eldercare, etc.
- Check your company’s policy on leave of absence
You may or may not need or want it but it is good to know what is available.
- Examine your prescription drug policy
Cancer drugs are not cheap. You do not want to be considering the cost of the drug to help with a side effect!
- Do not research the internet indiscriminately
There are great sites that are bonafide. Don’t be lured into others’ drama or wacko discussions!
- Bring a friend or spouse with you for any consultations
2 sets of ears are better than one. Sometimes we don’t hear everything but only the word cancer!
- Don’t Over-React
This is easier said then done. (See #2.) There are many misconceptions about breast treatments. Some are wishful thinking. Consult your oncologist before you make any surgical choices!
- Become your own Advocate
Know yourself enough to choose following your doctor’s recommendations or asking for more alternative choices. Decide for yourself what works best for you!
As a breast cancer survivor I know the worst time for me was right after my diagnosis. I had to make my choices and second-guess myself that I was doing the right thing leading to the best outcome.