There is a Japanese proverb which says," If you want to win the battle, then you really have to know about the enemy you are fighting against".
Before treatment, study what kind of cancer you have. What ER, PR, and HER2 status do you have? What was the tumor grade? Was it invasive ductal or inflammatory carcinoma? These things are important to know as it informs you and your doctor what type of treatments you would benefit from.
Ask your doctor for a copy of your pathology report for your records. If the doctor refuses to give it to you, call the pathology or medical records department of the hospital where you had surgery and ask for a copy.
Be proactive! Learn about the specific aspects of your disease and communicate with your doctor. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions. It is the doctor's job to answer them.
Recommended sites below:
Susan G. Koman
National Comprehensive Cancer Network:
Scent of Lavender
Breast Cancer Information Center
2497 Huntington Dr.
San Marino, CA 91108