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What to ask your doctor about surgery for bone cancer

Men and women discussing bone cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Is it possible for me to have an operation to try to cure my bone cancer?
  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • What happens if limb sparing doesn’t work?
  • Will the operation cure the cancer?
  • What size is the area (margin) of normal tissue that you remove around the cancer?
  • What are the long term effects of this operation?
  • Will I need any more surgery in the future?
  • When I wake up, will I be in intensive care?
  • Will I have pain after this operation?
  • How long will I have a drip after surgery?
  • 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?
  • Who will help me learn to manage with my false limb?
  • Where is the nearest limb centre to where I live?
  • If the cancer comes back – can I have more surgery or chemotherapy?
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Updated: 7 January 2015