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The Voice of People With Breast Cancer

helping you understand your surgical options


Welcome to CBCN's SurgeryGuide

Breast surgery is one of the key tools in the management and treatment of breast cancer. It can also be one of the most feared. It is our sincere hope that this tool will help alleviate some of that fear by arming you with knowledge. This decision aid is meant to navigate you through the various surgery and post-surgery options and provide you with the information that you need to make a decision with your doctor.

Depending on the size of your tumour, grade, stage and how aggressive it is, your surgeon may recommend various options for managing your specific cancer. Most of these options may be presented at the time when you are most vulnerable and emotional; immediately after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Although you may be presented with a lot of this information at the time, you may not be able to retain or process the information right away. This tool gives you the ability to browse the info at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home, so you can decide what is right for you. Your surgeon will be able to provide additional information about the various procedures and options that are right for you.

I had to make a decision very quickly with very little information. When I received the surgery information in the doctor’s office, I wasn’t in a receptive mode because I heard I had cancer. As soon as you hear the word ‘cancer,’ you just shut down. To have a tool you can go to later to research and get all the information would be so helpful.”

SurgeryGuide was created to offer another resource at the time of diagnosis and beyond. It is not meant to take the place of a medical advice, rather to be used as an educational tool to help support you, the patient, in making a more informed decision for yourself.

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Making Decisions






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