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What to ask your doctor about brain tumour surgery

Men and women discussing brain tumours

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What type of operation do I need?
  • What do you expect the surgery to achieve?
  • Will the operation cure my brain tumour?
  • Will I need any other treatment after surgery?
  • Is it possible to completely remove my tumour?
  • How much of the tumour can be removed?
  • How likely is it that the tumour will come back at some time in the future?
  • What are the risks and benefits of this operation?
  • What are the likely long term effects of this operation?
  • How can I best prepare myself for this operation?
  • When I wake up will I be in intensive care?
  • How long do you expect me to be unconscious after surgery?
  • What are the possible complications of this type of operation?
  • What will happen if I don’t have surgery?
  • Is there any other type of treatment I could have?
  • How long will it take me to get over this operation?
  • How can I help myself recover?
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Updated: 27 December 2013