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What to ask your doctor about surgery for bile duct cancer

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Here are some questions you might want to ask your doctor about bile duct cancer surgery

  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • Will the operation cure my cancer?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • What are the long term effects of this operation?
  • Are you a specialist in this type of surgery?
  • If you are not a specialist in this type of surgery can you refer me to one?
  • How often do you operate on this type of tumour?
  • Will I have pain after this operation?
  • How will I breathe after my operation?
  • How long will I have a drip after surgery?
  • When will I be able to start eating again?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally after this operation?
  • Who will help me with my diet after the operation?
  • What are the possible complications of this type of operation?
  • Will I need any other treatment as well as surgery?
  • Is there any treatment I can have instead of surgery?
  • What will happen if I don’t have the operation?
  • How long will it take me to get better?
  • How can I help myself get over the operation?
  • Is there any choice of treatments?
  • Should I have any treatment before surgery?
  • Should I have any other treatment after surgery?


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Updated: 20 January 2015