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What Are the Risks and Potential Side Effects of Surgery for Cancer Treatment?
Risk is a part of any surgery. Though science and medical technology have made surgery a safe and reliable treatment option, there is always the risk of potential problems and side effects. In many cases, however, the positive effects of surgery outweigh the risks. This is one of the reasons why learning about your cancer and cancer treatment is important. The more you know about surgery for cancer, the more informed your choices will be. Be sure to discuss the following potential complications with your cancer care team prior to undergoing treatment:
Problems during surgery may include:
Damage to organs in the body
Adverse reactions to medication
Problems after surgery may include:
Pain or discomfort (a common problem following surgery that can often be relieved with medication and with the help of your cancer care team)
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