As you put together your list, you may also want to take the time to re-evaluate some of your life plans and priorities. Share these with your doctors. These may include wanting to start a family of your own in the future, opting for breast reconstruction surgery, etc. Your doctor can take note of these and consider these when putting together the best treatment plan for you.
Seeking a Second Opinion
Before committing to undergoing any treatment, you may also want to seek a second opinion. You may approach another doctor or specialist for their diagnosis and treatment plans. They can provide their own expert opinion on the risks and complications of breast cancer treatments.
By getting a second opinion, you can
- Be more informed about your condition
- Learn about other possible treatments that are available
- Decide whether one treatment plan is better for you than another
- Confirm your primary doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan
Mental Health Support
In addition to consulting a breast specialist, you may want to consider approaching a mental health specialist. Breast cancer treatment does not only affect the physical, but also the emotional and psychological well-being of a person.
According to a study, depression can affect a woman’s survival rate. Mortality rates were 39 times higher in patients who had been diagnosed with major depression, while it was 26 times higher in patients with depressive symptoms.
Another study underlined the importance of psychological support and intervention. Breast cancer patients who participated in group sessions that offered guidance on how to reduce stress and improve mood, while undergoing treatment showed a 45% lower risk of cancer recurrence and 56% lower risk of dying from cancer.
Breast cancer is a curable disease that can be addressed by numerous treatment options. But one should be prepared and ready for the possible complications of breast cancer treatments.
In order to achieve better outcomes, it is best that you consult your doctor and be proactive in understanding your treatment. Having the best medical intervention as well as psychological support can significantly improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Learn more about Women’s Health here.