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Survivability of Cancer Surgery

Because surgery can be used as a treatment for many different types of cancer, and because each case is unique, you should talk to your doctor about the risks inherent in your particular surgery. The prognosis for patients undergoing cancer surgery may vary depending on the type of cancer, how far it has spread and the type of cancer surgery being performed (e.g., patients with advanced-stage cancer may undergo surgery to alleviate symptoms, not to cure the disease).

Common risks associated with surgery include: blood loss, adverse reactions to medications and damage to bodily organs. Problems that appear after surgery may include pain or discomfort, blood loss or blood clots, infections and other illnesses, such as pneumonia.

Locations for Cancer Surgery