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What to ask your doctor about lung cancer surgery

Men and women discussing lung cancer

Questions you may want to ask your doctor about surgery for lung cancer

  • Why are you recommending surgery for me?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • Are there any other choices of treatment?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • How safe is the operation you recommend for me?
  • What is the aim of the operation – will it cure the cancer?
  • How many of this type of operation do you do each year?
  • What are the results?
  • Can I talk to anyone who has had this operation?
  • Will I need other treatment as well as surgery?
  • What are the long term side effects of this operation?
  • Will I have any pain after this operation?
  • Will I be able to breathe properly afterwards?
  • How can I help myself get over the surgery?
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Updated: 28 March 2014