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What to ask your doctor about carcinoid surgery

Men and women discussing carcinoid cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • Is there any other choice of treatment?
  • What will you do when you operate?
  • What are the risks and benefits of surgery?
  • What will the side effects be?
  • Will there be any long term effects?
  • Will I need other treatment as well as surgery?
  • If I have bowel surgery, will I have to have a colostomy?
  • Will my colostomy be temporary or permanent?
  • If I have a colostomy, who can help me cope with it?
  • How should I prepare for the operation?
  • Will I be in pain after the operation?
  • How soon will I be able to eat and drink after my operation?
  • Can you arrange for me to talk to someone who has had a colostomy?
  • Will the operation affect my sex life?
  • Will I have to change my diet after the operation?
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Updated: 10 June 2016