By Lisa Minic
You or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. After any cancer diagnosis it is perfectly normal for the patient to feel frightened, overwhelmed and full of uncertainty. Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, it is important to always remember that you are not alone. Never forget one fact: millions of women have had success with treatment and have beaten breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. The great news is that many women survive once diagnosed. With a doctor’s help, they take charge of breast cancer and do not let it control them. “New diagnostic technologies, early detection and customized treatments have helped make great strides in helping woman beat breast cancer.” says Dr. Bada.
You’ve been diagnosed, now what? Allow your-self to accept the kind of strong support that only family and close friends can provide. Don’t be afraid to share any questions or concerns with your health care team. Take time to breathe and remember:
Breast cancer is treatable. The medical field has made great strides in the treatment of breast cancer and patient survival.
You have time. Breast cancer diagnosis is not a medical emergency. In most cases, treatment is not required to begin within a matter of hour or a few days.
Take charge. Educate yourself so you can make informed decisions. Become an active participant on your health care team, ask questions make decisions when planning your care and treatment.
The amount of information available be it from your doctor or through independent research, can be overwhelming. Never hesitate to ask questions to obtain a greater understanding of the specifics concerning your diagnosis. Once you have armed yourself with the facts and have a handle on the type of breast cancer you have, only then can you effectively help your doctor determine the best treatment option for you.