Decision Tree – FAQ

Is this medically sound?
Yes. We have taken great care and assembled a fabulous team of experts in the surgical, oncologic (cancer), and plastics fields to help us get it right. Our clinical advisors have carefully reviewed all content, to ensure that the Decision Tree reflects the most accurate and up-to-date information about treatment procedures.

What is a Decision Tree?
It’s a way of visualizing the different treatment options and decision points that come up during the course of illness; from diagnosis to the completion of treatment.

Will this tool tell me what decision to make?
No, it won’t. This tool is designed to help you navigate the treatment options, understand them, and make sense of them. We won’t tell you what decision to make because we believe that this is something that all patients should do in consultation with their medical team.

I’m keen to support the cause, how can I get involved?
Thanks for your interest! There are a few ways in which you can support this project:

  • Most importantly, browse through the tool and give us feedback
  • Donate
  • Sign up for our newsletters. And no, we won’t sell your information to anyone or any company. Promise.
  • Sign up to volunteer (write us at
  • If you are a clinical expert, or you would like to offer your input in any other way, please email us at We would love to hear from you.

I want to donate or I have donated, but where will my money go?
Your money goes directly toward enhancing the Decision Tree and getting the word out to doctors and newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Since the board, experts, and other talent at Be the Choice are donating their time, we can put all of our financial resources into making the Decision Tree better for users.

This site is Canadian, right?
Yes. Be the Choice was developed in Ottawa. But our leadership, experts, and volunteers are from all over the world.

I don’t live in Canada, does the information on this website still apply to me?
Good question. It is true that treatment possibilities can vary from country to country and regionally as well. We have tried to address this issue by outlining general treatment pathways that all patients can reasonably expect, no matter where they live.

I don’t understand some of the terminologies that are being used, what should I do?
We tried to be as user friendly as possible. Please send us any words that we forgot to define. Your feedback is really important to us. Please contact us at and we will be happy to provide more information.

Who do I contact with questions?
We’d love to hear from you. Please write to us at and one of our team members will get back to you.

How to stay up to date
Sign up for our newsletter and we will send you updates on our progress. We take privacy very seriously and won’t sell your information to anyone. Promise!

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Welcome to the BTC Treatment Decision ToolHave you or someone you love recently received a diagnosis of breast cancer?

Whether you received a diagnosis yesterday or three months ago, you are likely dealing with an upheaval in your life as you’ve known it. Perhaps you have also started the process of meeting with your doctors to discuss what treatment options are available, and which therapies (or combination of therapies) will be the best for you. It is a lot of information to sort through and make sense of.

So we’re here to help.

The team at Be the Choice are a diverse group of women and men who have had experiences with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Some of us have undergone treatment for breast cancer, some of us have provided care for a loved one who has been through treatment, and some of us are physicians and other health care professionals who provide treatment to breast cancer patients.

United in our concern that all people who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer should have access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment information in a comfortable and user-friendly format, we designed this interactive treatment decision tool.

How to use:

Your diagnosis of breast cancer has come with an assessment of your unique clinical and hormonal characteristics. These should be carefully discussed with your medical team and deliberated carefully in advance of any treatment decisions.

This tool will enable you to get to know the “big picture” as well as the “individual picture” behind any breast cancer treatment decision, and to become an active participant in determining your own treatment process. You are the ultimate decision-maker in this process. We hope that you will use the information on this website to inform and empower yourself.

What this tool is not designed to do is deliver individual treatment recommendations. It should be used as a way to get a sense of the full range of treatments available to you as well as what your own treatment plan might look like given your unique profile.