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.

    • knittyG
    • Experience with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I went to Immunity Therapy Center in Tijuana Mexico, to have the surgery and the alternative therapies that they have. They were am...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JBY
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove ovaries and lymphnodes

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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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    • Menve
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lym...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a mass on spinal cord removed

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgeon removed too much liver and can’t regenerate. Lost 80 pounds.

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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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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Liver surgery ...resection of right lobe of liver.

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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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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Recovery was long as this was an open radical left nephrectomy in 1999.

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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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    • tsmedley
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leuke...
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a right hemicolectomy to remove the tumor located in the cecum of my colon. Four out of eight lymph nodes tested positive for ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Kymmy
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagu...
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removal of esophaguses and made new one out of my stomach. Life changed quickly stomach digestion, food intake, learning ,amounts ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Lindac5125
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangi...
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Resection. Removed lower right portion of my liver.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Sharma8
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Thymu...
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Emergency Appendectomy

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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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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    GBM confirmed...4 surgeries....80% right brain removed

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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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    • ShannonR
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    TRAM flap 5/2020

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