What can a breast cancer patient expect at their first visit to a breast surgeon? How can they prepare?

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DrAttai (Physician - Surgery - Breast (Verified) ) - 05 / 09 / 2012

Most of the time the breast surgeon will want to review all of your records, so make sure you have all reports from mammograms, ultrasound, MRI exams, and any biopsy pathology. In addition, most breast surgeons will want to view the actual films (often they are provided on a CD), not just the reports. Your history will be taken and questions will be asked not only about the current problem, but of any other breast-related problem. Other medical history and family history will also be reviewed. A breast examination will also be performed and additional imaging such as ultrasound may also be performed.

When you make the appointment, ask if there is paperwork that you can fill out ahead of time; many of our patients find it helpful to fill out their paperwork in consultation with another family member so that important medical conditions and family history are included. Providing your surgeon with as much information as possible will ensure that you receive a thorough consultation.
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