Aug 9, 2018 12:59AM Luckynumber47 wrote:
Are you going to a breast surgeon or a general surgeon. I feel like you get better care with a specialist. Also, if you don't feel comfortable with your dr you can always get a second opinion.
Most likely this will be a teaching appointment. They'll tell you the type of cancer, it's grade (how aggressive it is) if it's ER/PR and Her2 positive or negative. They may not tell you the stage but you can make a good guess if you find out how big it is. You'll want to know if any nodes are involved. I'm guessing they haven't checked them yet so find out how they will be checking. Will you need additional surgery to be sure you have clear margins? Will you need radiation? Your surgeon doesn't decide if chemo is needed, your MO will, but sometimes your surgeon will speculate. These are the "plans" your dr will be talking about.
Take someone with you to write down all the info. They're firing so much info at you it's easy to be overwhelmed. If you have any questions after your appointment come back here. I'm sure we can help you figure out what's going on.
Sending hugs, Lucky