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.

  1. about 7 years ago
    RennFaireMom's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had two/thirds of my large intesting removed along with an abcess that formed. I was going to have the ileostomy reversed at the s...

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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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    • PaulaT
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    over 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had 55% of my liver removed, all metastasized cancer was removed. The recovery from this surgery was extremely difficult, I was tota...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. over 7 years ago
    Christiana3's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove gallbladder and do hysterectomy since I had tumor the size of a soccer ball on my ovary. lost 15 pounds on table l...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    2 Comments
    • CarolLHRN
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    over 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the reversal to my ileostomy on June 14. It is so nice to be free from the bag. I am healing well and thankful that I live w...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    4 Comments
  3. over 7 years ago
    daniel_heskin's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    had to have a power port put in to receive chemo.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  4. over 7 years ago
    daniel_heskin's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    about 1 week after original surgery got an abscess infection, needed surgery to place 2 drainage tubes. recovered and removed in 3 w...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. over 7 years ago
    daniel_heskin's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    about 1 week after original surgery got an absess infection, had surgery to place 2 drainage tubes. took 3 weeks to heal and remove.

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Kathyer1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    over 7 years ago
    Kathyer1's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The first time they removed half my colon, and part of my small/large intestines. This time the mass was rather large they had to re...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Suempg
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Stage 2 colon cancer. Robotic surgery removing about 1 foot of my sigmoid and both overies/fallopian tubes.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Salgal
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 7 years ago
    Salgal's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery was so easy. My surgeon did it Laproscopy and I had no pain after surgery and was released to work after 2 weeks

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • agrogan
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The right side of my liver was removed. The surgery went fine. I was given an epidural for the pain before surgery and was kept in p...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  6. almost 8 years ago
    MichelleCoffee's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    First procedure was a hysterectomy, because they thought I had ovarian cancer. It turned out to be colon cancer, stage 4 after I h...

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