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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Early-Stage


, Version 1.2016

Doctors plan treatment with many

sources of information. These sources

include tests of your health and the

cancer. Part 2 describes who should

receive which tests before treatment.

Some of these tests are repeated

after treatment. Besides tests, Part 2

describes other types of care that are

important to receive before cancer


Medical history

Your medical history includes any health events and

medicines you’ve taken in your life. Your doctor will

want to know about illnesses, breast biopsies, prior

treatment with radiation, and if you are pregnant. It

may help to make a list of old and new medications

while at home to bring to your doctor’s office.

Breast cancer and other health conditions can run in

families. Thus, your doctor will ask about the medical

history of your relatives. About 1 out of 10 breast

cancers are due to abnormal genes that are passed

down from a parent to a child. Such cancers are

called hereditary breast cancer.

A medical history is one of the tests needed for

treatment planning.

See Chart 2.1

for a complete list

of care that is recommended prior to treatment. Some

types of care are for anyone with stage I or II breast

cancer while others may be useful for some women.


Treatment planning

16 Medical history

17 Physical exam

17 Blood tests

18 Imaging tests

21 Lymph node biopsy

22 Receptor tests

24 Genetic counseling

24 Fertility counseling

25 Distress screening

26 Review