Most women feel a sense of shock and disbelief following an initial diagnosis of breast cancer and have many concerns and questions. A breast cancer diagnosis is usually made after a series of diagnostic tests. The test results provide information about the type and stage of breast cancer which help with planning future treatment. It’s important to talk through the diagnosis with family and health professionals. Take a friend or whanau member to any follow-up consultations. Talking to other women who have had breast cancer can also be insightful and reassuring.
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Receiving a diagnosis
The feelings of shock, numbness and fear are all common responses to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Read more>
Questions to ask after diagnosis It may take a while for a diagnosis of breast cancer to sink in. If you need help understanding your biopsy results, download this leaflet. Here are some questions to ask your health professional. Read more>
Telling people How and when you decide to tell family, friends or work about your diagnosis is up to you. Here's some tips>
Taking it Step by Step Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition are a network of breast cancer survivors. They have used their experiences to produce "Step by Step", an information pack aimed at helping newly diagnosed women and men make informed choices about treatment and care. To order a free copy of "Step by Step" visit their website here