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What to ask your doctor about nasopharyngeal cancer surgery

Men and women discussing nasopharyngeal cancer

This page contains questions you may wish to ask your doctor about surgery for nasopharyngeal cancer.

  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • What exactly are you going to do?
  • Could you draw me a diagram to help me understand what you are planning?
  • Will the operation cure my cancer?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • What are the side effects of this operation?
  • Are there any longer term side effects?
  • What are the possible complications of this type of operation?
  • What will I look like after the operation?
  • How will my appearance change as I recover?
  • Will I have pain after this operation?
  • How will I breathe after my operation?
  • How long will I have a drip after surgery?
  • When will I be able to start eating again?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally after this operation?
  • Will I get help with my diet after the 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?
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Updated: 27 August 2014