What to ask your doctor about surgery for 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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