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.

    • LauraB
    • Experience with Glioma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a craniotomy to try and remove tumor but could not remove it

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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. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had brain surgery in June 2010 to remove what appeared to be a cyst and turned out to be terminal brain cancer called Glioblastoma...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an awake craniotomy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in June 2010.

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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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  3. over 6 years ago
    Sand0211's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Craniotomy

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Thess3_13
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocyto...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Biopsy in Dec 2012 confirming Anaplastic Astrocytoma

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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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    • Boombeen
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had some swelling in my brain which caused seizures. After the surgery I have some short term memory loss & sometimes cannot find...

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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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    • Boombeen
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cyber knife

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • mzpepsicat
    • Experience with Intermediate-Grade ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Having resection March 14,2013

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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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    • mzpepsicat
    • Experience with Intermediate-Grade ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had biopsy on March 8,2013

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • bbr54
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma (...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery went amazingly well and I am able to live life as before surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  4. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Glioblastoma multiforme, left temporal lobe. Not expected to live.

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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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    • ChristyC
    • Experience with Medulloblastoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This tumor was on the brain not in it. My neurosurgeon was quite certain that the tumor was a late affect from the radiation treat...

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