Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Mastectomy | Haymarket, Virginia
If you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is likely that you will require a mastectomy.
Haymarket based doctors are always available to ease your burden during this stressful time to answer all of your questions.
Below are three questions you should always ask your doctor about your upcoming mastectomy.
Is a Mastectomy My Only Option?
A full breast mastectomy is not always required in order to eliminate a cancerous tumor in the breast.
In some cases, your surgeon may be able to remove only a portion of the breast.
Additional treatment alternatives that do not require a mastectomy include chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy.
Your doctor should be able to present all of your cancer treatment options before you make a final decision.
What is My Timeline?
There is usually less pressure to decide on a treatment option immediately after diagnosis than you may think.
Ask your doctor if it is ok for you to take some time to consider your options.
Will a Mastectomy Reduce My Recurrence Rate?
Removing the entire breast does not affect the rate that cancer can spread throughout your body.
In fact, your recurrence rate should stay the same whether you have a mastectomy or not.
Always speak with your doctor about the benefits of a mastectomy for your individual case.
At Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists, we understand that finding out that you have cancer in the breast can be a scary and uncertain time for you and your loved ones.
That is why we always take the time to speak with you in depth about your recovery options, and possible outcomes.
We will always take the time to answer all of your questions about your treatment options, including the mastectomy.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified and trusted surgeons, please call Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists today at (540)347-2805.