What to Expect

What to Expect

It is natural to have many concerns and questions about "major surgery". We feel that the more you know about the process, the less you will worry about the steps necessary to return you to a state of good health. The following are some general guidelines which we hope will help you understand the steps in this process.

For a colorectal cancer surgery, see What to Expect
For a thoracic (esophageal or lung) cancer surgery, see What to Expect

Preparing for your surgery & hospital stay

Side dffects

Contact Information

Swedish Cancer Institute
1221 Madison Street
Arnold Pavilion
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 1-(855)-XCANCER (1-855-9226237) or (206) 215-3600

What to Expect

Prepare for your initial consultation and surgery
Talk to your doctor, preparing for your surgery & hospital visit

Counseling and Support

Help is available for patients and familites to deal with emotions such as anxiety, stress and depression. Counseling and Support


About Nutrional & Herbal Supplements

Some nutritional and herbal supplements can increase side effects or prevent treatments from working as planned. Take special care with nutritional and herbal supplements 


Lymphedema

Lymphedema is swelling of an arm or leg that sometimes occurs when lymph nodes are removed.  Learn about lymphedema prevention & management. 


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