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What to ask your doctor about surgery for kidney cancer

Men and women discussing kidney cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Will I need surgery?
  • What kind of operation will I need?
  • What is the aim of the operation?
  • Will I have my surgery done by a specialist urological surgery team?
  • Will all of the cancer be taken out during the operation?
  • Is it possible for me to have part of my kidney removed instead of all of it?
  • Is it possible for me to have keyhole surgery (laparoscopic or robotic surgery)?
  • How many of this type of operation do you do each year?
  • What are the results?
  • Is there any other choice of treatment?
  • Will I have any pain after my operation?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of the surgery?
  • Are there any things I can do to help myself get better after my surgery?
  • Will I need any other treatment after surgery?
  • How often will I have to go for follow up appointments and how long will they go on for?
  • What are the chances of my cancer coming back?
  • What will happen if my cancer comes back?
  • Is there a number I can ring if I am worried between appointments?
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Updated: 27 January 2016