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.

    • Nana212
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    3 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    digestive issues continue

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple which has altered my life but not so much that i cannot have one

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Topher
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Sarcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    https://youtu.be/6x42BHnINpQ

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Ian
    • Experience with Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Remove remaining cancerous lymph nodes.

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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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    • Michinslim
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Laryngectomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • 1BowHunter
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Was expecting to have tonsils removed and the mass the behind one of them. Only one could be removed, the mass and associated tonsil...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JCPV
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was lucky and recovered pretty quickly. My Dr. did have me on an epidural for a couple of days post surgery which I think helped ...

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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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    • Zonda71
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The most horrendous 4 weeks of my life. 16 hours of surgery to remove his Pharynx, Larynx, Thyroid, Parathyriods, Oesophagus, 1 rib...

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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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    • alexislwk
    • Experience with Adrenal Cortical Can...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I've had 4 TACE procedures on my liver and just had surgery to cut off the blood supply to my right lobe of the liver in preparation...

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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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    • Cbuckson
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft ...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a radical resection of my left shoulder. 1 muscle (teres minor) was completely removed and parts of 3 other muscles. Lots les...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • wyde1340
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery was to place a rod in femur because I broke it just sitting on the couch

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • DLA1965
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cancer, ...
    4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On May 1st , I underwent surgery to have a 7 cm mass removed from deep in my abdomen. The procedure was supposed to take five hours...

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