Questions to ask


Listed below are some useful questions that may be helpful when discussing surgery to the armpit:

  • Do I need surgery to my armpit?
  • What type of surgery to the armpit do you recommend?
  • When will I have surgery to the armpit? Will I have surgery to the armpit at the same time as my breast surgery?
  • How long will the operation take?
  • What can I do to make myself more comfortable during the procedure?
  • What are the risks and benefits of the surgery you are recommending?
  • What kind of training and experience do you have in sentinel node biopsy? How long have you been undertaking sentinel node biopsy?
  • Can you refer me to someone who has training in sentinel node biopsy?
  • Will I need further surgery if you find cancer cells in my sentinel node?
  • Are there any clinical trials I can join?