Diagnostic tests for male breast cancer are usually performed if a physician suspects male breast cancer. Since screening mammograms are not recommended for men, it’s important men speak with their physician about any symptoms of breast cancer.
Second Opinion for Male Breast Cancer
If you were diagnosed at another health care center, and are coming to Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center for treatment, or for a second opinion, additional diagnostic tests may be necessary.
That’s because, we use specific diagnostic imaging tools, tests and procedures that are often more modern than what is available elsewhere. The results of these tools help us to develop your personalized treatment plan.
In advance of your second opinion, we may request:
- Pathology slides
- Copies of recent images (CT scans, for example)
- Health records
- A list of dates and facts about your past treatments, personal health history, or any other facts and dates relevant to your current diagnosis
Come to your appointment with a list of as many questions as possible. Sometimes, it can be difficult to think of or remember everything during a visit. A list of questions prepared in advance will ensure you get the information you are looking for.
If you forget a question, or have more questions after your appointment, you can communicate with us via www.myPennMedicine.org, our secure patient portal. The portal allows for fluid communications with your entire team of health care providers.
Finally, plan to have a friend, family member or support person come with you to your diagnostic appointment. He or she can help take down information, recall the conversation and be of general support throughout the process.