What to ask your doctor about bladder cancer surgery
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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