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Surgery means treating illness by cutting away body tissue. It’s one of the main treatments for many cancers. The type of surgery you have and the details of its preparation, side effects and complications will vary according to the type of cancer you have.
For more detail about surgery in your particular case, you can ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital where you’re having your treatment. You may also find it helpful to read our information about your type of cancer|, which will include more specific information about surgery.
In our video Eileen talks about how she prepared for, and recovered from, surgery for colon cancer.
Content last reviewed: 1 January 2013
Next planned review: 2015
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