What should I ask my doctor about my pathology report?

  • What type of breast cancer do I have?
  • What stage is my breast cancer?
  • Should I get a second opinion from another pathologist? Why or why not?
  • What was the grade of the tumor (rate of cell growth)?
  • What lab tests were done on my tumor?
  • What were the results?
  • Are these the most accurate tests available?
  • What other tests are available?
  • Was my tumor estrogen-receptor positive? What does that mean?
  • Was my tumor progesterone-receptor positive? What does that mean?
  • Was my tumor HER2/neu positive? What does that mean?
  • Are there other tests that I should have (e.g., bone scan, CT scan)?
  • Can you recommend good sources of information (books, websites) for me to read to better understand my breast cancer?
Topic: 
Newly Diagnosed