NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Stages I and II Breast Cancer - page 79

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
Stages I and II Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014
77
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Treatment decisions
Get a 2
nd
opinion
• Cancer treatment – There is no single
treatment practice for all women. The
treatment that you agree to have should be
reported along with all known side effects.
• Symptom control – Cancer and its treatment
can cause mental and physical symptoms.
Treatment of symptoms should be addressed.
• Survivorship care – The end of cancer
treatment is not the end of your health care.
Having a healthy lifestyle, follow-up tests,
and care of your general health are ongoing
concerns.
Get a 2
nd
opinion
Finding the best treatment plan
Your doctor may agree with the recommendations in
this booklet or may recommend another treatment
plan. While breast cancer can’t be ignored, there is
time to choose which treatment plan is best for you.
You can have another doctor review your test results
and recommend treatment. This is called getting a 2
nd
opinion. Getting a 2
nd
opinion may help you feel more
at peace about your treatment plan.
Your test results will need to be sent to the doctor
giving the 2
nd
opinion. You may feel uneasy asking for
your test results to be sent. However, a 2
nd
opinion
is a normal part of cancer care. When doctors have
cancer, most will talk with more than one doctor
before choosing their treatment. What’s more, some
health plans require a 2
nd
opinion. If your health plan
doesn’t pay for a 2
nd
opinion, you have the choice of
paying for it yourself.
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