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.

    • Skyemberr
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    5 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just had my first colonoscopy since being diagnosed, and the area that was supposed to have clean margin had a giant precancerous ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  1. 5 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had 2 surgeries and they felt differently. The first one was not too bad. The second one I had several difficulties.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • ElfT
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian Tub...
    6 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was surgery to repair an umbilical hernia and several other smaller hernias, about 2 years after my initial Radical Hysterectom...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 12 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had 2 lymph nodes excisionally relieved from the right side of my neck.

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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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    • myork38
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    12 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had to have two surgeries to have my whole thyroid taken out.This was in Dec. 2011- I had my first surgery. March 2012- my second ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • JoeTEMT
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    21 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After head and neck surgery in 2012 I had prostate cancer surgery in 2017! I am so lucky that everything worked out fine!

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 22 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Remove ovary

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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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  4. 22 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Remove nodules from lung

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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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  5. 22 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hysterectomy

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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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    • Laurieu
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    23 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Revision surgery due to capular contracture. Replaced implant.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a successful wedge resection with clean margins. When they operate on the right upper lung there's a possibility of messing wi...

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Deni56
    • Experience with Granulosa Cell Tumor
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Did 2 rounds of chemo first, then had the surgery...They removed a tumor that was the size of a large orange from my right ovary...T...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
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