Surgery is one of the main treatments for cancer. Surgery usually means having an operation to remove all or part of the cancer. An operation might be the only treatment you need. But sometimes you may have radiotherapy or chemotherapy before or after surgery.
The operation you have depends on the type of cancer and other things like where it is and its size.
Surgery is not only used to remove cancers. You can also have other small operations or procedures. For example, you can have surgery to take a sample of tissue (a biopsy) or to put a central line in.
The thought of having an operation can be scary. Knowing a bit more about what to expect can help you feel more prepared.
This section has general information about surgery. We also have information about operations to treat different cancer types. And we have more information about surgery that is written for people of all ages, not just teenagers and young adults.