Experiences with Surgery

Reasons for cancer surgery include cancer prevention when there is a high risk of cancer, to determine a cancer diagnosis, to determine the stage of cancer, as primary cancer treatment, to remove or repair a part of the body that has cancer, to check lymph nodes for cancer, to perform debulking to remove as much of the cancer as possible, or to relieve cancer symptoms and improve quality of life. There are many types of cancer surgery; chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or hormone therapy is often done after surgery. No matter what the specific goals of cancer surgery, cancer patients are ultimately losing part or parts of their body. This may feel unnatural, but you must learn to cope with the surgery experience.

Many people with cancer have difficulty hearing the words “You have cancer.”, and find it even more difficult to say the words, “Let’s do it”. It is hard to make treatment decisions; you may feel like you are losing control. A lot of WhatNexter’s ask “What are the emotions that come from having surgery?” or “How will I resume normal activity after surgery?”. Many people say that it is difficult to adjust to a new lifestyle after cancer surgery, and that you must accept yourself despite your loss. Just as it is okay to grieve after a cancer diagnosis, it is okay to mourn your loss whether it is prostate cancer surgery, breast cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, colorectal cancer surgery, or other types of cancer surgery. However, then you must accept the new life you are given because of that loss. There are some outstanding stories shared by WhatNexter’s, read these stories, ask questions, and share your personal journey below.

    • Manulani
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    4 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Just had surgery on the 2nd of Feb , today's the 17th and still have soreness, discomfort. Trying to not rely on pain pills because ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Redeemed
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioc...
    5 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am thankful to God, my family and friends. The POWER of PRAYER! trust in the power of prayer. Prayers help. I would not be here wi...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 12 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had 7cm of small intestine removed due to complete blockage.

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Pinkzilla0
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    13 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Reattached me...no more colostomy!!!

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  2. 17 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    2nd surgery for larger margins of cancer free cells

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • gofigure4
    • Experience with Adenoacanthoma, Endo...
    21 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had the da vinci robotic hysterectomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Suepatsfan
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Full 8 inch incision due to enlarged uterus

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Potta
    • Experience with B-Cell Lymphoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    First off was the pet scan, bone morrow needle aspiration, biopsy, Yada Yada, then the surgeon had to remove the tumor carefully as ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    had my left kidney and adrenal gland removed in July 2016 due to another cancer dx (renal cell carcinoma)

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • vecjr521
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancr...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the Whipple Surgery over 3 years ago still having complication: pain, stomach cramps. hard time digesting food

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • susand
    • Experience with Serous Carcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was already beyond exhausted before my diagnosis and surgery, as I was caring for my husband who had become very ill and disabled....

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • susand
    • Experience with Serous Carcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was already beyond exhausted before surgery. It was much more painful than was explained. No remedy but to wait. Got medication...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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