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Questions to ask about targeted therapies

Listed below are some questions that may be helpful when talking about targeted therapies for breast cancer:

  • Can I benefit from treatment with a targeted therapy? Which one is suitable for me?
  • What are my other treatment options if targeted therapies are not of benefit to me?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • When will I start treatment with targeted therapy if I am having other treatments?
  • How will treatment be given?
  • Will I need to go to hospital to receive my treatment?
  • How often will I have treatment?
  • Will I need any extra tests or follow-up if I am receiving a targeted therapy?
  • What are the possible side effects of the targeted therapy you are recommending?
  • When are side effects likely to occur?
  • Who should I contact if side effects happen?
  • How can I manage side effects if they develop?
  • Can I take part in any clinical trials?