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Telemedicine for breast cancer

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About Breast Cancer>What is breast cancer? > Telemedicine for breast cancer

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine visits for breast cancer became much more common than they were just a year before. On this page, learn to get the most out of your telemedicine visits. Find out what a breast cancer telemedicine visit can look like, get tips on how to get the most out of a visit, and learn more from doctors and people with breast cancer who have used telemedicine. You’ll hear directly from Stephanie Graff, MD, FACP and Ruth Pfeffer, diagnosed with breast cancer, who offer 5 tips to make your telemedicine visit go as smoothly as possible.

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Firsts can be awkward or scary. Our telemedicine appointment example will help those with little preparation or experience see what a breast cancer telemedicine visit can look like. Our speakers give tips to make it go smoothly, like being prepared, finding a quiet place for your appointment, checking your tech in advance, and staying flexible.

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Telemedicine visits work well for regular follow-up appointments with your breast cancer doctors, to monitor symptoms and side effects, and in some other situations like second opinions. It can’t substitute for a physical exam, and it can’t be used for everything. Find out when telemedicine works best.

Coverage for telemedicine continues to evolve, so check with your health insurance company about payment before having a telemedicine visit.

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