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What to ask your doctor about surgery for pancreatic cancer

Men and women discussing pancreatic cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Is it possible for me to have an operation to try to cure my cancer?
  • Why is surgery not suitable for me?
  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • Where is my nearest specialist centre for pancreatic surgery?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • Will the operation cure the cancer?
  • What is the cure rate for my stage of pancreatic cancer?
  • What are the long term effects of this operation?
  • Will I have pain after this operation?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally after this operation?
  • What are the possible complications of this type of operation?
  • Is there a risk of dying because of 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: 7 June 2014