American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


A breast cancer diagnosis for you or someone you love can be overwhelming. This program is here to support you, with guidance and information to help you understand and prepare for breast cancer treatment.

This patient guide will walk you through your cancer journey, from diagnosis to recovery. Read each section, watch the videos, explore the interactive tools, and write down any questions or concerns you have. Share these with your doctor as you discuss your treatment options.

This Patient Guide

These options may include surgery—often the first step in treating breast cancer. Based on standards established by the American College of Surgeons, this program contains helpful resources to guide you through each step of your surgical prep, procedure, and recovery, including:

  • Understanding your breast cancer
  • Explaining your tests and exams
  • Preparing for and understanding your operation
  • Healing and recovering from surgery
  • Planning for breast reconstruction, if you choose
  • Considering other therapies beyond surgery
  • Living a healthy life beyond your surgery

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Share with Family and Friends

Share this guide with your family and friends, so they can learn more and prepare to support you in your treatment and recovery. You're all in this together!

Your journey to healing and health starts today. Please watch our welcome video below.