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What to ask your doctor about cervical cancer surgery

Women discussing cervical cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Can I have surgery to cure my cancer?
  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • Can you do an operation that will still allow me to have a baby afterwards?
  • Will you take my womb and ovaries out?
  • What else will you remove?
  • What are the risks and benefits of this operation for me?
  • Will the operation cure the cancer?
  • Do I have a choice of treatments for my cancer?
  • When I wake up, will I be in pain?
  • When will I be able to eat and drink normally afterwards?
  • What are the possible complications?
  • Will I need any other treatment, as well as the op?
  • What are the long term effects of this operation?
  • What will happen if I refuse surgery?
  • How long will it take me to get over the operation?
  • Is there anything I can do to help myself?
  • Can I take hormone replacement therapy afterwards?
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Updated: 2 June 2014