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26

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Breast Cancer - Early-Stage

(STAGES I AND II)

, Version 1.2016

3

DCIS

Genetic counseling | Treatment

2

Treatment planning

Review

Review

• A medical history is a report of all health

events in your lifetime. It will include questions

about your family’s health to help assess if

you have hereditary breast cancer.

• Your doctor will examine your body for signs

of disease. He or she will touch parts of your

body, including your breasts, to see if anything

feels abnormal.

• Imaging tests allow your doctor to see how

far the cancer has spread without cutting into

your body.

• An FNA or core needle biopsy of your lymph

nodes may be done to test for cancer.

• Hormone and HER2 receptors can help

breast cancer cells grow. Tests that assess

the amount of these receptors are needed for

treatment planning.

• Blood tests may be done to look for signs of

cancer outside of your breast.

• Genetic counseling may help you decide

whether to be tested for hereditary breast

cancer.

• Fertility counseling may help you plan to have

a baby when you’re done with treatment.

• You should be screened for distress so you

can receive help if needed.