Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or gynecologist. It's a good idea to prepare for your appointment. Here's some information to help you.

What you can do

  • Be aware of pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet.
  • Write down symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to your breast changes.
  • Write down key personal information, such as past illnesses or current medical conditions.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
  • Bring a family member or friend along, if possible. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor, listing them in order of importance in case time runs out.

For a fibroadenoma, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What do you think this lump might be?
  • What kind of tests might I need? Do I need to do anything special to prepare for them?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Do you have brochures or other written materials about this topic? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions as they occur to you during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did you notice the lump? Has it gotten bigger since then?
  • Does the lump change in size around the time of your menstrual periods?
  • Have you or other family members had breast problems?
  • What date did your last menstrual period begin?
  • Is the lump tender or painful?
  • Have you had nipple discharge?
  • Has anyone in your family had breast cancer?
  • Have you ever had a mammogram? If so, when?
May 02, 2014