Asking the right questions is the first step to finding the best treatment for your triple-negative breast cancer. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

General Questions

  • What is the stage of my cancer?
  • What are the options for treating my cancer?
  • What treatment do you think is best for me?
  • Can I get other opinions about treatment?
  • Can treatment cure my cancer?
  • Can treatment control my cancer?
  • Can treatment relieve my symptoms?
  • When should I start treatment?
  • What changes can I make to help treatment work?
  • Will I need more than one type of treatment?
  • Where is the treatment given?
  • What are the benefits and risks for these treatments?
  • Are there long-term side effects?
  • Will my treatment interfere with any drugs I'm taking now?
  • Could my treatment affect my sex life or fertility?
  • Are support services available to help me through treatment?
  • Are there any clinical trials of new treatments for my cancer?

Surgery Questions

  • Do I need other treatments before or after surgery?
  • Do I need a mastectomy or just a lumpectomy?
  • Do I need to have lymph nodes removed?
  • Will I need breast reconstruction surgery afterward?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the possible risks and complications from surgery?
  • How will pain be treated?
  • How long is the recovery?
  • Will I have numbness in my arm?
  • Are there arm exercises to prevent stiffness?
  • When can I start wearing a bra again?

Chemotherapy Questions

  • Will chemotherapy be a treatment option?
  • Will there be other treatments before or after?
  • How often will I need treatment?
  • How will the treatment be given?
  • Where will the treatment be given?
  • How long will my treatment last?
  • What are the side effects of chemotherapy?
  • What can be done to relieve the side effects?