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Questions for your Doctor: About the RPLND


This list of questions is intended to help you make the most of your visit to the urologist in discussing an RPLND. It is not an exhaustive list of questions, so be sure to look it over before you see the doctor and add any others that might apply to your specific situation.

The RPLND is a complicated procedure that is done less often today than in the past. These days it is far more likely to be done after chemotherapy to remove residual masses than it is to be done as a primary treatment. That said, this list of questions is pretty generic and might be biased a bit towards a "virgin" RPLND (aka before chemo). Suffice to say that if you have already had chemotherapy and you have many or large residual masses, then you need to have this surgery and your questions should concentrate on what they will be doing and their experience in doing this type of operation. If you have not had chemo or you have had it and there are few or no residual masses, then also ask questions about why the surgery is needed in the first place.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this list, please feel free to send me an email!


INITIAL QUESTIONS

THE RPLND OPERATION

AFTER THE RPLND SURGERY

RPLND SIDE EFFECTS

RPLND SUPPORT

RPLND MISCELLANEOUS


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