To try to ensure you’re getting the best care possible after a breast cancer diagnosis, experts say there may be a few things in your personal control.
1. Reach out to family members, friends, and peers for support. 2. Research your diagnosis. 3. Don’t be afraid to find a new doctor if you don’t feel heard. 4. Get a second professional opinion if you can.
5. Ask what kind of patient services your hospital or treatment center provides. 6. Ask about financial assistance programs. 7. Try to seek care at hospitals connected to research centers and clinical trials if possible.
See “7 Ways Black Women Can Advocate for Themselves After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis” by Tiffany Ayuda (above) on the Self website (November 5, 2021)