If a woman has breast cancer, is it important for her to have a lot of details about her disease? Or is it best to just leave the details to the doctor?

It is best to know as much about your breast cancer and proposed treatments as possible.  For early cancers some treatments have very little benefit.  Before undertaking such a treatment you should know your options.  It has also been shown that a good understanding of your choices and taking an active role in your care leads to better results.  Believe it or not your immune system which helps you fight cancer is in tune with your sense of control and well being.

Dr. Arbutina