Treatment plan for breast cancer

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Hello everyone,

When diagnosed, how much did your doctors include you in your treatment plan? How does your plan look? Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy - or maybe a combination?

Good day to you all,

Marina

Beginning of the discussion - 24/09/2014

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I was very much included. The doctors told me everything I needed to know about the different options, so i felt comfortable with the solution. Of course the doctors had suggestions as to what they believed to be the best options for me, but I definitely felt that they listened to me. I had breast-conserving surgery followed by chemo and then radiation and just finished. I was very pleased with this solution.  

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Hello guys!

Don't forget this conversation which is really interesting and share with others! 

All the best,

Gilda 

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I was amazed that people had treatment plans.  I was told what I was going to have and that was basically that. I feel like I am just going along with things and if I ask any thing I get the feeling that I am being stupid or not listen too.  So much so I no longer say anything. I almost feel like I have been forgotten.  Care Plan does not exist.  

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I was involved and given choices regarding surgery. I opted for mastectomy and reconstruction. I look better now than I did before, dropped a dress size:) 

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I wasn't given a treatment plan! I was told what they thought and never once was I actually included in discussions. I've spent 6 years arguing with just about everyone connected with cancer treatment to get my point across. I know I've been branded as difficult because I have opinions and am determined to express them!

I get the impression the so called treatment plan is actually a guideline for the doctors, patients are supposed to just turn up and be calm , compliant, accepting and above all grateful. I'm sure that's covered on page one !!

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@maddoglady I know what you mean about being branded difficult. I too get that feeling, because I have been fighting this cancer, since it came back, six years. I know a lot more then I did, and I get the feeling that they don't like it. That doesn't stop me, so don't let it stop you. 

Keep fighting.

Shirley.

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Hi Shirley, I certainly won't!! Good luck, stay well and above all keep answering back! xx

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You're both right to fight for the treatments that you need; best of luck with everything.

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I keep hearing stories about women being left without support or direction after their diagnosis! This has got to change! It's terrible.