Questions foryour specialist

Make sure you fully understand the planned procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent. Your doctor will ask you to sign a consent form.

You should also ask about:

  • What are the success rates and potential side-effects of my treatment? 
  • The likely out-of-pocket medical expenses. (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you will incur – this is known as Informed Financial Consent.)
  • Preparation
  • Follow-up appointments (write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your doctor)
  • Aftercare

Most medication should be taken as usual, but some may interfere with the procedure. Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop. This could include:

  • Aspirin (or any related products)
  • Blood thinners (warfarin, heparin)
  • Arthritis medication
  • Pain medication
  • Insulin

Don’t forget to mention any homeopathic or herbal remedies you’re taking, as these can have interactions and side-effects too.

Treatment options

Your treatment will depend on the type of tumour and whether it has spread.


Information is provided by HCF in good faith for the convenience of members. It is not an endorsement or recommendation of any form of treatment nor is it a substitute for medical advice, and you should rely on the advice of your treating doctors in relation to all matters concerning your health. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however HCF takes no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage or other consequences of the use of this information.