When you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, getting the right care is essential. Here are 5 ways to ensure you're getting the best care to beat the disease.
Stacey Keen knows how frightening it is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. She was in her 40's when a routine mammogram detected a cancerous tumor. Keen says, "It really gives a new intensity to your life because you realize your days are precious."
As a radiologist, Stacey was used to helping women find good medical care. Now as a patient, she had to learn how to do that for herself.
Keen says, "One big piece of advice is don't be afraid to get a second opinion. You're not going to hurt your doctor's feelings, any good doctor is fine with that. And you want to find someone you're comfortable with, you don't want to feel intimidated, you want to feel comfortable, able to ask any questions."
Second, once you've found the right doctor, don't feel pressured to make a decision about your treatment right away. Keen says, "Take your time, don't feel rushed into any decision making. Your doctor will discuss all the potential consequences, possibilities of treatment, and it can be an overwhelming array of things."
Third, don't be afraid to ask for help. Keen says, "Many good breast centers have nurse navigators who take you through this array of findings and lab tests and path results and help you through the maze."
Fourth, reach out to family and friends for support. Keen says, "As women we're just kind of used to caretaking for others, but there's a time to let yourself be taken care of."
Fifth, keep a positive attitude. For Stacey, that meant keeping up with her martial arts routine and staying fit. She's written a book about her story of healing.
Keen says, "I remember sitting there during my last chemotherapy session asking my oncologist, ok when can I start sparring again. It gives you the fighting spirit and that was very important to me."
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