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Questions to ask your doctor about cancer surgery

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why do I need an operation?
  • What are you going to remove?
  • What are the risks?
  • Is there any preparation I need to do beforehand?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Where and when will I have these tests?
  • Are there any other treatment options?
  • What effect will the surgery have on my body?
  • Are there any long term side effects?
  • When will I be able to go home?
  • When will I be able to do normal activities such as work and housework?
  • When can I have sex again?
  • When can I drive again?
  • Will I have to take any medicines afterwards?
  • Will I need to have any stitches taken out?
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Updated: 21 March 2014