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What to ask your doctor about bladder cancer surgery

Men and women discussing bladder cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Why do I need surgery?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • What is the aim of the surgery?
  • Is there any other choice of treatment?
  • Is it possible for me to have only part of my bladder removed instead of all of it?
  • What does the surgery involve?
  • Will you take anything else out as well as my bladder?
  • Will I have to wear a bag to pee into?
  • Is it possible for me to have a bladder reconstructed?
  • Is it possible for me to have continent urinary diversion?
  • How many of this type of operation do you do each year?
  • What are the results?
  • Can I talk to someone who has had the type of operation I'm going to have?
  • Is there a stoma nurse I could talk to?
  • Where do I get the stoma equipment from?
  • Do I have to pay for stoma equipment?
  • Is there anything I should do to prepare for the operation?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of the operation?
  • Will I have any pain afterwards?
  • Will the operation affect my sex life?
  • Is there any other treatment I need to have after my surgery?
  • How often will I have follow up appointments and how long will they go on for?
  • Is there a number I can call if I'm worried between appointments?
  • What happens if my cancer comes back?
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Updated: 13 May 2015