When considering hormone therapy and how you'll manage side effects, it’s important to have open conversations with your care team.
Who's on your care team
In addition to your doctors, nurses and other specialists, your care team should include a dietitian and exercise physiologist. These diet and exercise experts are key in making sure you’re treating your body well. Proper exercise and nutrition can help reduce side effects and help you feel better during treatment.
What should I talk to my team about?
Before visiting your care team, it's useful to make a list of all your questions. You can write them down, take notes on your phone, whatever works for you.
Here are some questions to ask your care team:
What type of hormone therapy are you recommending for me and why?
How do I know if my hormone therapy has worked or needs to be continued?
How long will the side effects last?
What will happen if I stop my treatment?
Are there any clinical trials I can take part in?
Are there other treatments I’ll need to stop my cancer from growing or if hormone therapy is ineffective?
You can also ask about any upcoming workshops or info sessions at your local cancer centre, that will tackle these questions. This will help make sure you have all the details you need to make the best decisions for you.