Seeing a New Doctor After Treatment for Breast Cancer in Men

At some point after your cancer diagnosis and treatment, you may find yourself seeing a new doctor who does not know anything about your medical history. It is important that you be able to give your new doctor the exact details of your diagnosis and treatment. Gathering these details soon after treatment may be easier than trying to get them at some point in the future. Make sure you have this information handy:

  • A copy of your pathology report(s) from any biopsies or surgeries
  • If you had surgery, a copy of your operative report(s)
  • If you were in the hospital, a copy of the discharge summary that doctors prepare when patients are sent home
  • If you had radiation therapy, copy of the treatment summary
  • If you had systemic therapy (hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or targeted therapies), a list of your drugs, drug doses, and when you took them
  • Copies of your x-rays and other imaging studies (these can be put on a DVD)

The doctor might want copies of this information for his records, but always be sure to keep copies for yourself.

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Last Medical Review: October 10, 2014 Last Revised: January 26, 2016

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