Choosing Your Doctor
If you have any reservations about anybody on your medical team, go out and find somebody else.

One of the first steps in moving forward after a breast cancer diagnosis is the important task of choosing a team of doctors that you trust. Few breast cancers require emergency treatment. There is often adequate time to get several recommendations, interview potential candidates, review their work and results, and, perhaps most importantly, meet with their previous patients to discuss their experiences and outcome.

I felt like I lived in hospitals and doctors appointments for quite a while. Everybody was unbelievable and I couldn't have had a better team if I wanted one. Everybody made the journey bearable and they made you feel like it was going to be okay. -- Jenny L.

Breast cancer is treated by a team of doctors. This team is often comprised of a surgical oncologist, a plastic surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. Find a cohesive team of doctors that has a history of working together.

It’s important to find a team that fills your needs, physically and emotionally. Of course your physicians should be skilled and knowledgeable, ideally, they should devote the majority of their practice to the specific field of breast cancer surgery and treatment, but it is also imperative that your doctors take the requisite time to explain their recommendations in terms that you understand, welcome your questions, encourage you to interview previous patients, and be willing to show you photos of their results.

Remember, no question is too small or trivial and communication is key. The question is really not who is the best doctor, but instead who is the best doctor for YOU.

"You've got this whole team of doctors that's supporting you. I relied on everything that they told me and I relied on their shoulders to hold me up."
"I'm very confident with my doctors. I have a very good team. I don't hesitate to ask questions."
"I felt like I lived in hospitals and doctor's appointments for quite awhile. Everybody was unbelievable."
"At that point you have to trust in your doctors."
"In talking to plastic surgeons, I talked to several, I was looking for that positive connection."
"It was an eleven hour surgery. I didn't even know it was going to be that long. Who can operate on you for eleven hours?"
"He was wonderful,compassionate, and caring. He walked me through what he could do with reconstruction because I was really afraid with some of the pictures I had seen."
"I went to three or four different doctors. I really tried to do my homework."