A diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and understanding the various treatment options may feel overwhelming. To help women make the best treatment choice for them, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Early Breast Cancer: Hormone Therapy and Chemotherapy – Are They Right for You?
This program is for women with early stage breast cancer that can be treated with surgery, and who have not had chemotherapy or hormone therapy prior to surgery. It may be used as a companion program to Early Stage Breast Cancer: Choosing Your Surgery.
This program is designed to help women choose whether to have additional treatment after surgery and if so, what kind. It offers information on hormone therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy (Herceptin®), both hormone therapy and chemotherapy, and no additional (adjuvant) therapy.
The program includes interviews with real patients who chose different treatment options, and who share their experiences and insights into how they made their choices about treatment. The clinician perspective is provided through interviews with an oncologist and a surgeon.
This program was developed with our production partner, Health Dialog. It is available as a DVD, a booklet and a web-based program (Health Crossroads®) for Health Dialog members.