Help Me Choose My Tree

DCIS

DCIS is a high-risk non-invasive lesion that is “in place” and cannot spread. It has not yet turned into true breast cancer.

Take me to the DCIS tree

Small Tumor/Early Stage

If your tumor is less than 5cm in diameter and multiple lymph nodes are NOT involved you have early stage breast cancer. Up to 3 positive lymph nodes in your breast or axilla (armpit) with a small tumor, is still considered early stage, as is a larger than 5cm tumor with negative lymph nodes.

Take me to the Small Tumor Tree

Large Tumor/ Locally Advanced

Any tumor over 5cm is considered large in size and if combined with positive lymph nodes is locally advanced or Stage III. A tumor less than 5cm with a large palpable  lymph node, or with 4 or more positive lymph nodes, is also considered locally advanced.

Take me to the Large Tumor Tree

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

If you have an unusual rash, redness, thickening of the breast skin that is progressing rapidly, or other symptoms such as orange peel indentations on the skin, it is likely that you have inflammatory breast cancer.

Take me to the IBC Tree

High Risk

If you have a history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene in your family, or if multiple family members have had breast or ovarian cancer, you will be considered at high risk for getting breast cancer.

Take me to the High Risk Tree

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.