NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Stage 0 Breast Cancer - page 36

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
Stage 0 Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014
34
5
Treatment
decisions
34 Have a treatment plan
35 Get a 2
nd
opinion
36 Questions to ask your doctor
38 Websites | Decision aids
Having carcinoma in situ can be very stressful. While
absorbing the fact that you are at risk for or have
cancer, you have to learn about tests and treatments
and accept a treatment plan.
Parts 2 through 4 gave the treatment
recommendations of breast
cancer experts from NCCN. These
recommendations are based on science
and agreement among NCCN experts.
Part 5 has useful information on getting
the best care for you.
Have a treatment plan
Learning that you have carcinoma in situ starts an
unplanned journey to an unknown place. A treatment
plan is like having a roadmap for your journey. It is
a written course of action through treatment and
beyond. A treatment plan for carcinoma in situ often
has the following parts:
• Your treatment team –
Cancer care is a
team effort. It’s helpful to have the names
and contact information of all your health
providers.
• Test results –
Since breast cancers can
greatly differ, test results that describe the
cancer or other breast disease are included.
• 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.
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