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Questions to Ask Your Provider


Because complementary therapies can have harmful side effects and may interfere with your breast cancer treatment, it is important to talk to your health care provider before using any of these therapies. The following list of questions can help you with that discussion.

  • How do you feel about complementary therapies?
  • Have you ever referred a patient to a complementary therapy practitioner?
  • What’s the best way to find a licensed complementary therapy practitioner?
  • I am using these complementary therapies (name therapies). Should I stop them during and/or after my breast cancer treatment?
  • Should I let you know before I start a complementary therapy? Which therapies should I be sure to avoid?
  • Is this complementary therapy (name therapy) safe? Is there research showing it is safe? Will it interfere with my breast cancer treatment?
  • Are there side effects with this complementary therapy (name therapy)?
  • Is there a clinical trial studying this complementary therapy (name therapy)? 

Learn more about talking to your health care provider.

Updated 05/25/12

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