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Helpful Tips, Bring a family member or friend to, appointments They can help you. CONTENTS remember what was discussed and, give you support. STEP 1 IF YOU ARE HAVING SURGERY 4, Make notes Write down what you are. STEP 2 YOUR SURGERY 6 thinking and information you have. STEP 3 MEETING YOUR ONCOLOGIST 8 been given, STEP 4 TREATMENT OPTIONS 10 Write down your questions and bring. them to your appointments, STEP 5 THE END OF TREATMENT 11.
You can ask for a copy of reports from, your tests or procedures from. Medical Records, Reach out to family and friends for. emotional support If you want to talk to, a professional you can call Community. Mental Health in your area or talk to your, In Canada the 5 year survival rate family doctor or nurse practitioner. for breast cancer is 88, Source Canadian Cancer Society s Advisory Committee on Cancer.
You may want to share what you and your, Statistics Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015 Toronto ON Canadian surgeon have talked about with your. Cancer Society 2015 family doctor or nurse practitioner. YOUR PATHWAY THROUGH, BREAST CANCER, This booklet will provide you with step by step information on what to expect during your breast. cancer experience We suggest you read the whole booklet early on so that you will be ready to make. decisions along the way, Pre Diagnosis, Just as there are no two people who have the same breast cancer experience your treatment plan will. be as individual as you are Your abnormal mammogram and biopsy provide valuable information to. your doctors A pathology report from your biopsy provides the first information about the type of breast. cancer you have The pre diagnosis phase from your abnormal mammogram to getting a pathology. report from the biopsy could take up to two months. We know this can be a very difficult time for you and your. family We encourage you to use this booklet and the helpful. resources listed to support you along the way, STEP 1 IF YOU ARE HAVING SURGERY. If you are having surgery your first step will be meeting with your surgeon. to plan your surgery Your surgeon will look at your biopsy report pathology. report and the results of any other tests Your surgeon will also look at. images of the size and location of your cancer You and your surgeon will. use this information to decide on the best surgery treatment for you. There are two types of surgery for breast cancer A mastectomy is the. removal of the whole breast A lumpectomy is the removal of the cancer. mastectomy, tumour and some of the healthy tissue around it You may also need surgery.
to remove lymph nodes from your armpit Your surgeon will explain why and. how this is done, Start learning about your type of breast cancer and your surgery options Your. surgery decision may affect your treatment choices later and can impact other. parts of your life Learn everything you can about surgery options and then. decide what is right for you If you will be having a mastectomy a conversation. with your surgeon about breast reconstruction can be done at this time It is. your right to ask for a second opinion about surgery if you would like lumpectomy. Questions to ask, your surgeon, Breast reconstruction surgery. What type of cancer do I have, If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery you will be referred to a. plastic surgeon You and the surgeon will decide if you are a good candidate What choices do I have for surgery. for breast reconstruction what type of surgery you will have and when You will How long will I have to wait for surgery. need to consider the effects of another surgery and recovery as well as your. Where will my surgery take place, expectations of how your new breast will look and feel For cancer patients. breast reconstruction surgery is free however you will need to be financially Will I go home the day of surgery. or stay overnight, prepared to be off work for surgery and recovery.
How long will I be off work, Pre surgery appointment. What will my recovery involve, The hospital will contact you about a pre surgery appointment It is important. How will this affect my daily life, for you to bring all of your medications in their original bottles to this. pain movement at work etc, appointment During this appointment you will receive information handouts. Is breast reconstruction an option for me, about your surgery and contact information that you may need after surgery.
Will breast reconstruction change, You may want to share questions with your my surgery. family doctor or nurse practitioner and to share How do I get a second opinion if I. what the surgeon has discussed with you want one, Do I need more tests. FROM BIOPSY TO VISIT WITH SURGEON UP TO 3 WEEKS, STEP 2 YOUR SURGERY. Before your surgery your surgeon and anesthetist will speak with you and Questions to ask. answer any questions you may have You may need to go to the x ray your surgeon. department Diagnostic Imaging for a dye injection or wire localization if. What did the surgeon do, ordered by your surgeon After your surgery you will be given an information. booklet called A Patient s Guide to Lumpectomy and Mastectomy This Did the surgeon get all of the cancer. booklet will tell you about care for your incision exercise diet medication When will I get my pathology report. and drain care if needed Who will explain the results to me. If I have questions later who can I ask, If you have had lymph nodes removed during surgery you could be at risk of.
How will the course of my treatment, developing swelling and inflammation in your arm To prevent swelling and be determined. inflammation do the recommended exercises as part of your daily routine. Who will be involved in my treatment, Through various treatment options the Lymphedema Management Program. What services such as counselling, will help control swelling and other problems caused by lymphedema. homecare or physiotherapy are available, helping patients to continue activities of daily living You may receive a visit to me. from the Cancer Patient Navigator while you are in the hospital They can Will the surgeon provide me with a. help you and your family understand the many challenges you may face and referral for these services. questions you may have about your journey, You can contact the Cancer Patient.
Navigator at 1 877 511 5177, What is a pathology report Questions to ask. A pathology report provides information about your type of cancer The tissue about your report. removed during biopsy and surgery is examined under a microscope and the. What type of cancer do I have, results will be written in your pathology report More tests may be ordered by. your surgeon or cancer doctor to better understand your cancer What stage of cancer do I have. How many lymph nodes were removed, Your surgeon will review your pathology report with you This report may tell. you the stage of your cancer and help to plan for the rest of your treatment How many lymph nodes were positive. After your surgeon has reviewed your pathology report they may refer you to a What other tests will I need. cancer doctor if they feel more treatment is needed. When will I see a cancer doctor, How will the cancer doctor decide on. my treatment, Who else will be involved in, my treatment.
FROM SURGEON VISIT TO SURGERY DAY 2 4 WEEKS FROM SURGERY TO PATHOLOGY REPORT ABOUT 2 WEEKS 7. STEP 3 MEETING YOUR ONCOLOGIST Questions to ask, A cancer doctor referred to as an oncologist at the PEI Cancer Treatment your oncologist. Centre will review your referral and recommend which treatments they think. What type of treatment will I need, will be best for you You will receive notice of an appointment at the Queen. When will my treatment start, Elizabeth Hospital or Prince County Hospital to meet with your oncologist. How long will it last, Bring family or a friend who you trust to your appointment with the cancer. doctor Ask them to take notes so you can look at them later to help What are the side effects Will I lose. remember all of the details, What would happen if I do not.
On the day of your first visit it is important to have treatment. bring all of your medications in the original Where can I have my cancer treatment. bottles to your appointment Are my family members at risk of. developing cancer, You will be asked to complete some paperwork asking questions about Should they be tested. your past medical history and the level of distress you may have about your. Who do I call on the weekend or evening, health and well being Screening for Distress Cancer can be stressful It. How will my treatment by affected, can affect more than just your body It can affect your emotions your work. by holidays, your finances and your relationships with family and friends Many people. Do I need more tests, experience distress during their cancer journey.
Your cancer team would like to know how you are feeling and coping with. your cancer By answering these questions honestly they can better support. you throughout your breast cancer journey The cancer nurse will review. information with you and provide any needed education direction and. Breast cancer deaths have, The cancer doctor will talk to you about your treatment options Ask. decreased by 44 percent, questions to be sure you understand the benefits and side effects of each. since the peak in 1986 due, treatment It is helpful to prepare your questions before this visit After the to earlier detection through. first meeting you and your cancer doctor will decide on your treatment plan regular mammography. and a schedule will be created Step 4 screening advances in. screening technology and, A clinical trial may be suggested by your doctor Clinical trials are conducted improved treatments. to see if a new cancer treatment works as good as or more effectively than. a current cancer treatment By becoming enrolled in a clinical trial you have. the opportunity to contribute to research which may improve cancer care Source Canadian Cancer Society s Advisory. Committee on Cancer Statistics Canadian, Cancer Statistics 2015 Toronto ON.
You can reach the PEI Cancer Treatment Canadian Cancer Society 2015. Centre Clinical Trials Nurse at 902 894 2027, FROM REVIEW OF YOUR PATHOLOGY REPORT TO VISIT. WITH ONCOLOGIST ABOUT 2 4 WEEKS 9, STEP 4 TREATMENT OPTIONS. Additional treatment is often given after your surgery to help prevent your cancer. from coming back This preventative treatment is called an Adjuvant Therapy Your. oncologist will explain what types of treatment you can have what that means Questions to ask about. and what possible side effects could happen Depending on your type of cancer your treatment. and the surgery you had you may need one or more of the following treatments. What supports do I have, Radiation therapy uses high energy x ray to destroy cancer cells During When will I know if my treatment worked. your treatments a machine rotates around you but you will not feel anything Will I have to pay for my treatment. A booklet by the Canadian Cancer Society called Radiation Therapy A guide How will the treatment affect my life. for people with cancer will be given to you for more information How will it affect my work taking care. of myself social activities quality of, Anti cancer drugs can have many names including chemotherapy hormonal life and fertility reproduction. therapy and targeted therapy These drugs can be taken as a pill injection or Can I continue my physiotherapy. by IV A teaching package will be given to you when you meet with a cancer. nurse This package includes a booklet made by the Canadian Cancer Stay connected to your family doctor. or nurse practitioner when you have a, Society called Chemotherapy and other Drug Therapies A guide for people.
health need that is not related to your, with cancer You will also have an education appointment with the cancer cancer treatment. nurse at the Cancer Treatment Centre or Prince County Hospital. FROM MEETING YOUR ONCOLOGIST TO STARTING YOUR TREATMENT. COULD BE 1 TO 4 WEEKS DEPENDING ON YOUR TREATMENT PLAN. STEP 5 APPROACHING THE END OF TREATMENT Questions to ask when. finishing treatment, As you near the end of your treatment you may start to feel mixed. emotions Knowing what is ahead can help minimize those feelings Once Will I come back to the cancer centre. and how often, you have completed your treatments make sure you know what side. What cancer screening is right for me, effects are expected and know how you can manage them both physically. Which health care professional will I, and emotionally have these appointments with.
What other services such as counselling, Make sure you discuss your follow up care physiotherapy will I have appointments with. plans with your cancer doctor What tests will I have and how often. Who will book these appointments, The Moving Forward Program was created to help people feel confident and tests. How do I check my breasts going forward, about moving on with their lives This program provides educational. and when should I check, sessions about healthy choices coping being proactive and follow up. What can my family do to prevent, care For more information about this program you can contact the Cancer breast cancer.
Patient Navigator Should my family members be screened. for breast cancer, You can contact the Cancer Patient Navigator Who do I follow up with if I m not. One step at a time THE PATHWAY THROUGH BREAST CANCER 2 CONTENTS STEP 1 IF YOU ARE HAVING SURGERY 4 STEP 2 YOUR SURGERY 6 STEP 3 MEETING YOUR ONCOLOGIST 8 STEP 4 TREATMENT OPTIONS 10 STEP 5 THE END OF TREATMENT 11 Helpful Tips Bring a family member or friend to appointments They can help you remember what was discussed and give you support Make notes Write down what you are

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