About surgery

Find out when you might have surgery for cancer, including to diagnose it, treat it, or reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Before your operation

Your guide to preparing for surgery, including what to expect on the day.

Immediately after your operation

What to expect immediately after your operation.

The first few days after surgery

What to expect for the first few days after your surgery and anaesthetic.

Going home after surgery

Your guide to what to ask doctors and nurses before you go home and possible problems after surgery.

Possible long term problems of surgery

Find out about possible long term complications after an operation.

Last reviewed: 
20 Mar 2019
Next review due: 
20 Mar 2022
Coronavirus and cancer

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