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General Cancer Videos
What does NED mean for a cancer patient?
I feel uncomfortable talking to my doctor, what should I do?

Health Insurance Videos
What should I do if my health insurance company denies my claims?
If my health insurance denies my claims, can I pay out of pocket for the tests anyway?

General Breast Cancer Videos
What are the potential causes of breast cancer?
Do you advise your patients to share with others that they have breast cancer?
How does a doctor determine statistics for breast cancer recurrence and survival?
How is the type of breast cancer determined (IDC, ILC, DCIS, IBC, etc.)?
What does it mean to have metastatic breast cancer?

Breast Cancer Process
I just found a lump in my breast, what do I do now?
What if I feel a lump and the mammogram and ultrasound are negative?
If a biopsy came back positive for breast cancer, what are the next steps?
What are the next steps after being diagnosed with breast cancer?
How do you tell a woman she has breast cancer?
At what point is the stage of breast cancer determined?
At what point are tests done to determine if breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body?
How soon after being diagnosed with breast cancer do I need to have breast surgery?
What are the next steps after having a lumpectomy or a mastectomy?
How soon does radiation or chemotherapy begin after breast surgery?
Why are breast cancer patients seen by breast surgeons before oncologists?
At what point in the process does a breast cancer patient see the breast surgeon?

Breast Cancer Risk
What factors determine if a woman is at high risk for breast cancer?

Breast Cancer Prevention
In what cases should a prophylactic mastectomy be considered?
What can a woman do to decrease her risk of breast cancer?

BRCA Mutations
What are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations?
Who should be tested for BRCA mutations?

Mammograms and Breast Cancer Screening
If I am at high risk for breast cancer, what imaging tests should I have annually, and at what age?
How do I find a good breast imaging center? Does it matter where I go?
Does it matter what radiologist reads my mammogram?
What can a patient do to prepare for their screening mammogram?
How can I make my mammogram or other breast imaging tests more tolerable?
If a screening mammogram looks suspicious, what are the next steps?
What are you looking for in a mammogram that might indicate cancer?
If I have a negative mammogram, does that mean I definitely don't have breast cancer?
What does it mean if microcalcifications are found on my mammogram? Should I be worried?
What does it mean if nodules are found on my mammogram? Should I be worried?
Why can't my mammogram be read while I'm waiting?
What is the difference between a diagnostic and screening mammogram?
What can a patient do to prepare for their diagnostic mammogram?
What is 3-D mammography or tomosynthesis?

Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound, and BSGI (Breast Specific Gamma Imaging)
What is a breast MRI and how is it performed?
In what situations should a breast MRI be performed for breast cancer screening?
What is a breast ultrasound or sonogram and how is it performed?
In what situations should a breast ultrasound be considered for breast cancer screening?
Why can't I just do an ultrasound instead of a mamogram?
What is breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI), and how is it performed?
In what situations should breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI) be used for breast cancer screening?

Dense Breasts
Why is it important that women know if they have dense breasts?
How can I find out if my breasts are dense?
What should I do if I have dense breasts?
Is breast density the same as lumpy breasts?
Which states have laws regarding giving breast density information to woman? Why is this?
As we age does breast density change?

Breast Surgery
What do you recommend we ask or do to determine if a surgeon is "good"?
What is the breast surgeon's role on the medical team for a breast cancer patient?
What does a breast surgeon do to plan and prepare for breast surgery?
What questions should I ask when selecting a breast surgeon?
What qualities should I be looking for in a breast surgeon?
Prior to breast surgery, what do you say to the patient to give them reassurance?
What are the different types of breast surgery?
What is oncoplastic surgery and can it be used in breast surgery?

Breast Biopsy
At what point will a woman have a breast biopsy?
What can a woman do to prepare for a breast biopsy?
What can a patient expect when having a biopsy?
What do you tell a woman waiting for biopsy results?
When doing a breast biopsy, how is it assured that an adequate amount of tissue is obtained?
What is the difference between a surgical biopsy and needle biopsy?
What are the different types of breast biopsy options?

Lumpectomy
What can a patient expect when having a lumpectomy?
What is the recovery process and timeframe for a lumpectomy?
What is the recommended amount of breast tissue removed during a lumpectomy?
What happens if all of the cancer is not removed in the lumpectomy?
I had a lumpectomy, but need additional surgery. Why didn't the doctor get it all the first time?

Mastectomy
What can a patient expect when having a mastectomy?
What can a patient expect when having a bilateral mastectomy?
If cancer is found in one breast of a young women, is a bilateral mastectomy ever recommended?
What is the recovery process and timeframe for a mastectomy?
What do you tell a woman to expect when she wakes up after having a mastectomy?
What is a nipple sparing mastectomy?
What are the benefits of having a skin sparing mastectomy?

Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy
How do you guide a patient when selecting between a lumpectomy versus mastectomy?
What is the difference in recovery time between a lumpectomy and mastectomy?
When deciding between lumpectomy & mastectomy, what are differences in survival & recurrence rates?

Lymph Node Biopsy
What is the purpose of the sentinel lymph node biopsy?
When is a sentinel lymph node biopsy typically performed?
Is lymphedema still a problem in the era of sentinel lymph node biopsy?

Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)
What is ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia)?
Does having atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) increase the risk of breast cancer?
How is ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia) usually identified?
How is ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia) typically treated?
I have ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia). Should I be worried?

Stage 0, Non-invasive Breast Cancer
What does it mean if the breast cancer is non-invasive?
What does it mean to have Stage 0 breast cancer?
What is LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ)?
How is LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) typically treated?
What is DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ)?

Other Breast Cancer Questions
What is a thermogram?
What are breast cysts, and do they increase the risk of breast cancer?
What is cryoablation and how is it used in breast cancer?
What is the new breast cancer test, HALO, and how do you use it in your practice?
What is lymphedema?
In what situations do you advise neoadjuvant therapy prior to breast surgery?

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