What to ask your doctor about surgery for 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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