Questions to Ask Before Rectal Cancer Surgery

Questions to Ask Before Rectal Cancer Surgery


You may have many questions if your care team recommends surgery for rectal cancer. This checklist is a good place to start.

  1. What surgery do you recommend for me and why?
  2. Will I need other treatments before or after surgery?
  3. How long will I be in the hospital?
  4. When will I know the results of my surgery?
  5. What are the risks and side effects I might experience? Will any of them be long-term?
  6. Will I be able to go back to normal activities?
  7. Can I receive follow-up care at MSK’s locations in New Jersey, on Long Island, or in Westchester County?

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