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.

    • inaJAR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    11 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Liver resection. Very painful and slow recovery compared to other surgeries

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • SFBAY
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, Thy...
    15 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery went smoothly. I have a secondary condition, so I was kept an extra day in the hospital. Nice to have pain meds. At ho...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • BJLR
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    15 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The cancer had spread throughout my reproductive system and into one lymph node.

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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
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    • Nette1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Bladder...
    16 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Prompt removal of bladder tumors, in and out of hospital, was not informed in advance of same day chemo with catheter and go home bag,

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SK1974
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leuke...
    18 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I HAD A HARD TIME TELL MY LOVE ONE ABOUT IT. BUT THAN LOVE AND THAT ALL WE NEED TO OVER COME IT

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Barkdog
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    21 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    JP drain is filling 100 ml in 4 hours. Seems excessive.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Cocomoco
    • Experience with High-Grade, Osteosarcoma
    27 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Double thoracotomy. Lung hemorage followed by more surgery to stop hemorage.

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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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    • Cocomoco
    • Experience with High-Grade, Osteosarcoma
    27 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Woke up from surgery with nerve damage throughout whole body. 4 months in rehab followed to get pain under control

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Sunni1ib
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Stent in common bile duct due to cancer mass blocking it

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Ashera
    • Experience with Poorly Differentiated C...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    October 2015 - axilla dissection removing 20 lymph nodes - 9 had shown response to chemo - so there's been 9 "live" nodes hiding in ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • k80bakes
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Radical nephrectomy.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • k80bakes
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Partial nephrectomy, DaVinci assisted

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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