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What to ask your doctor about surgery for salivary gland cancer

Men and women discussing salivary gland cancer

This page has suggestions for questions you may want to ask your doctor about salivary gland cancer surgery.

  • Why do I need an operation?
  • What exactly are you going to do?
  • Could you draw me a diagram to help me understand the operation?
  • Will the surgery cure my cancer?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • What are the long term effects?
  • What will I look like after the operation - do you have any photos?
  • Will I have pain afterwards?
  • How long will I have a drip?
  • When will I be able to start eating again?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally once I’ve recovered from the surgery?
  • What are the possible complications of this type of 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: 26 June 2014