National Breast Cancer Coalition

Myth #17: Once diagnosed with breast cancer, it's very important to make treatment decisions immediately

FALSE. It is normal to feel a treatment decision must be made right away, but taking time to decide on an appropriate course of action may be time very well spent.

A breast cancer diagnosis is terrifying, and new patients often scramble to start treatment immediately. But there's no evidence that taking some time to learn about the diagnosis and to select the right health care providers will adversely affect the outcome. There is a lot to learn—the details of the diagnosis, surgery options, drug dosing and scheduling, possible side effects, etc. Second opinions can be extremely valuable. There is enough time for you to gather the information you need to make an informed decision.

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