Be sure to ask this question to your surgeon well in advance of the surgery, as there may be specific preparations unique to your condition. In general, preparation for breast cancer surgery is similar to many other surgeries. For example, your physician may advise you to not take any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin for at least one week before the procedure. Also, you will probably not be allowed to eat or drink for about six hours before your surgery. This amount of time does vary based on the type of surgery, age, medications, and anesthesia, so most importantly, follow your surgeon’s directions. Make sure you have completed all the necessary testing, such as general health tests and ECGs, and attend you pre-assessment appointment. Finally, arrange to have someone pick you up after surgery. As you begin to make your preparation, go through this pre-surgery checklist.