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.
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.