Selam Ogbalidet

Selam Ogbalidet is a MD candidate at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Selam’s clinical interests lie in plastic and reconstructive surgery, while her research interests range from facial cosmetic surgery to immediate and delayed breast reconstruction. Selam is the co-investigator of a pilot study examining the effects of a clinical decision tree on patient confidence, empowerment, and health literacy in breast cancer patients. Since joining the Be the Choice team, Selam has been privileged to learn about the personal narratives of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and how medical trainees can better assist them throughout their breast cancer journey. With this valuable insight, Selam has gone on to empower patients with breast cancer while educating their loved ones and members of their care team in the process.

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.