Think About What Is Important to You
After you have talked with a breast cancer surgeon and learned the facts, you may also want to talk with your spouse or partner, family, friends, or other women who have had breast cancer surgery.
Then, think about what is important to you. Thinking about these questions and talking them over with others might help:
About Surgery Choices
- If I have breast-sparing surgery, am I willing and able to have radiation therapy 5 days a week for 5 to 8 weeks?
- If I have a mastectomy, do I also want breast reconstruction surgery?
- If I have breast reconstruction surgery, do I want it at the same time as my mastectomy?
- What treatment does my insurance cover? What do I have to pay for?
Life After Surgery
- How important is it to me how my breast looks after cancer surgery?
- How important is it to me how my breast feels after cancer surgery?
- If I have a mastectomy and do not have reconstruction, will my insurance cover my prostheses and special bras?
- Where can I find breast prostheses and special bras?
- Do I want a second opinion?
- Is there someone else I should talk with about my surgery choices?
- What else do I want to learn or do before I make my choice about breast cancer surgery?