NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early-Stage
(STAGES I AND II)
, Version 1.2016
Genetic counseling | Treatment
• 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
• Imaging tests allow your doctor to see how
far the cancer has spread without cutting into
• 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
• 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
• 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.