Usually treatment for breast cancer begins a few weeks after a diagnosis. That gives you time to do these things:
- Get more tests, if you need them.
- Talk with your doctor about treatment choices.
- Get a second opinion, if you want one.
- Decide about treatment.
- Make plans for your work and home-life, which may include hiring extra help while you are undergoing treatment.
Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan based on your type of cancer, its stage, hormone-sensitivity, your health and personal preferences. Most treatment plans include surgery followed by additional treatments, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation.