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What to ask your doctor about prostate cancer surgery

Men and women discussing prostate cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What kind of surgery are you suggesting?
  • What is the aim of the surgery?
  • Will the operation cure my cancer?
  • How many of these operations do you carry out in a year?
  • What are your results?
  • What other choices of treatment do I have?
  • Could I be treated with radiotherapy instead?
  • Will I need any other treatment after surgery?
  • Can I see a cancer specialist (oncologist) to talk about alternatives to surgery?
  • Do I have a choice of specialists?
  • is there anything I should do to prepare for my operation?
  • What are the risks of having prostate surgery?
  • Will I be in pain after the operation?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of the operation?
  • Will I lose my sex drive?
  • Will I be able to have sex again?
  • Will I lose control of my bladder after the operation and when should I expect to this to get better?
  • Is there any risk that I might not get bladder control back?
  • Can I speak to someone who's had this type of surgery?
  • How often will I see you after my operation and what check ups will I have?
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Updated: 24 February 2014