A Guide to Cancer Surgery

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When to call your doctor after cancer surgery

At this time, you’re probably more in tune with your body than you’ve ever been in your life. You notice every physical change. Don’t take any physical symptoms you may have lightly.

Some surgery side effects are fleeting and minor, but others may be a sign of serious problems. You should not be the judge. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you suffer from any of the following symptoms after surgery:

  • A fever of 100.5°F or greater when taken by mouth
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Intense (shaking) chills
  • Pain or soreness at the surgical site that’s getting worse or not relieved with the pain medicine
  • Unusual pain, including intense headaches
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Having trouble urinating; pain when you urinate; or bloody, bad smelling, or cloudy urine
  • Any other signs mentioned by your doctor or nurse

Don’t hesitate to let your doctor know about any new problems or concerns you have. It’s always best to find out the cause of a problem so it can be dealt with right away.


Last Medical Review: 09/03/2014
Last Revised: 09/29/2014