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What to ask your doctor about surgery for oesophageal cancer

Men and women discussing non oesophageal cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Is it possible for me to have an operation to try to cure my cancer?
  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • What is the aim of the surgery?
  • How many of these operations do you do each year and what are the results?
  • Can I speak to someone who has had this type of surgery?
  • Will I need any other treatment as well as surgery?
  • Is there any choice of treatment?
  • What will happen if I don't have this surgery?
  • What are the short and long term effects of this operation?
  • 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?
  • When will I be able to start eating again?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally after this operation?
  • Who can help me with my diet after the operation?
  • How long will it take me to get better?
  • How can I help myself get over the operation?
  • How often will I see you after the surgery and how long will these follow up appointments go on for?
  • Is there a number I can call if I'm worried between appointments?


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Updated: 14 April 2014