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Surgery Choices for Women with DCIS or Breast Cancer

  • Posted: 03/01/2013

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Talk With Your Doctor


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Talk with a breast cancer surgeon about your choices. Find out:

  • what happens during surgery
  • the types of problems that sometimes occur
  • any treatment you might need after surgery

Be sure to ask a lot of questions and learn as much as you can. You may also wish to talk with family members, friends, or others who have had surgery.

Get a second opinion

After talking with a surgeon, think about getting a second opinion. A second opinion means getting the advice of another surgeon. This surgeon might tell you about other treatment options. Or, he or she may agree with the advice you got from the first doctor.

Some people worry about hurting their surgeon’s feelings if they get a second opinion. But, it is very common and good surgeons don’t mind. Also, some insurance companies require it. It is better to get a second opinion than worry that you made the wrong choice.

If you think you might have a mastectomy, this is also a good time to learn about breast reconstruction. Think about meeting with a reconstructive plastic surgeon to learn about this surgery and if it seems like a good option for you.

Check with your insurance company

Each insurance plan is different. Knowing how much your plan will pay for each type of surgery, including reconstruction, special bras, prostheses, and other needed treatments can help you decide which surgery is best for you.