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

Telemedicine for breast cancer

4 Min. Read

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

A patient talks to a doctor on a video call on a laptop

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.


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.


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.

3 Tier Sponsors

Made in collaboration with


Related resources

Can a breast cancer diagnosis be wrong?

05/04/21 | BY: Marion Brody

It is unusual but possible for a breast cancer diagnosis to be incorrect. Learn more about the different ways to be certain about a new diagnosis.

Read More | 10 Min. Read

Getting a second opinion

02/26/21 | BY: Pallav K. Mehta

Learn about the process of getting a second opinion on your breast cancer diagnosis and the many reasons it could be helpful on your journey.

Read More | 13 Min. Read |

Questions to ask an oncologist

01/05/21 | BY: LBBC Staff

Asking the right questions of your doctors and oncologists can improve your comfort and understanding, and lead to stronger care plans.

Read More | 12 Min. Read

Healthcare providers

08/19/20 | BY: LBBC Staff

LBBC can help healthcare providers strengthen relationships with patients and improve their satisfaction. Our trusted, expert-reviewed resources can offer a greater depth of knowledge and understanding for your patients. Sharing our resources not only enhances the quality of care healthcare providers are able to administer but also saves time.

Your medical team

07/26/19 | BY: Carey Anders, Jennifer Simmons, Hester Hill Schnipper, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, Andrea Pedano, Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, Lillie D. Shockney, Page Tolbert, Frank Vicini, Larry Wickerham

Your healthcare providers are a key part of your support team. Many hospitals take a team-based approach to care, meaning your providers work together to follow your case and meet regularly to discuss your treatment.

Read More | 7 Min. Read

Recovering from surgery

06/20/19 | BY: Roni Nelsen, Bert Petersen

Everyone recovers in their own time. It can take from weeks to months to feel fully recovered. The type of surgery you have can affect your recovery time, and your experience may differ even from others who had the same surgery.

Read More | 14 Min. Read

Improving bone health

05/15/17 | BY: Adam Brufsky, Kanu Sharan

There are some factors in bone health that you cannot control, like your build, your family history and medicines you have taken for breast cancer or other conditions. But there are things you can do on your own to improve your bone health.

Read More | 6 Min. Read

Making treatment decisions throughout your care

08/31/15 | BY: Pallav K. Mehta

There are many reasons you might change treatments for metastatic breast cancer. If you and your doctors find that one medicine isn’t right for you anymore, you’ll talk about other therapies that are available.

Read More | 6 Min. Read

Goals of treatment

08/31/15 | BY: Pallav K. Mehta

The goal of treatment in metastatic breast cancer is to prevent or slow progression of the disease while easing your symptoms and treatment side effects. Your healthcare team will be focused on enhancing your overall well-being while working to reduce the amount of cancer in your body.

Read More | 5 Min. Read

Talking with your healthcare team about sex

08/31/15 | BY: Don S. Dizon, Michael Krychman, Anne Katz, Helen Coons, Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, Susan Kellogg-Spadt

Your healthcare team is focused on treating the cancer, but they can also address quality of life issues, including sex. Many providers are sensitive to this issue and want to help you if you have concerns or issues.

Read More | 4 Min. Read

Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to create a world that understands there is more than one way to have breast cancer. To fulfill its mission of providing trusted information and a community of support to those impacted by the disease, Living Beyond Breast Cancer offers on-demand emotional, practical, and evidence-based content. For over 30 years, the organization has remained committed to creating a culture of acceptance — where sharing the diversity of the lived experience of breast cancer fosters self-advocacy and hope. For more information, learn more about our programs and services.