- Learning about cancer surgery
- How is surgery used for cancer?
- Surgery to diagnose and stage cancer
- Special surgery techniques to treat cancer
- Questions to ask your doctor about cancer surgery
- What will surgery for cancer be like?
- Planning and preparing for cancer surgery
- During the operation
- Recovery from cancer surgery
- Going home after cancer surgery
- What are the risks and side effects of cancer surgery?
- When to call your doctor after cancer surgery
- Does surgery cause cancer to spread?
- Some things to remember about cancer surgery
What will surgery for cancer be like?
Your surgery experience depends on many things, including the disease being treated, the type of operation being done, and your overall health. There are probably as many different surgical techniques as there are diseases to treat, so each case is different.
It’s not possible to get into the specifics of each type of operation here. If you’d like more detail, you can find it in the treatment sections of our documents on specific types of cancer. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or see the “Learn About Cancer” section of our website to get this information.
Still, some parts of the surgical experience are much the same in almost all types of operations. They include pre-operative testing and preparation, the surgery itself (usually including some type of anesthesia to get you through the surgery), and a recovery period.
Last Medical Review: 09/03/2014
Last Revised: 09/29/2014