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.

    • KLuk
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancreati...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was lucky to have laparoscopic removal of tumor in John Hopkins hospital. It happened that two lumps were removed too. I was fine ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Lex88
    • Experience with Large Cell Neuroendocrin...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I underwent a radical hysterectomy including ovary removal. This was not initially planned as my oncologist had hoped "only" chemoth...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Hopkins
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a hysterectomy and then the 2 surgeries and ileostomy after the second colon surgery. Had many problems while dealing with the...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Patti55
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Having surgery July 9

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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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    • TinaJung1
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    13 hours in surgery. I finally wake up in icu. Extreme pain and I can't breathe properly. People who walk by stare and a couple eve...

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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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    • valeriet
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Oroph...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    1999 Two surgeries, radiation, side effects remain long term. Founded and facilitate OHNC support group

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Fridges
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On Friday 6/1/07, 14 days after being diagnosed with Laryngeal Cancer, I went into surgery for about 10 hours, the following week wa...

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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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    • Ohjoy61
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed left upper lung lobe, 17 nodoes biopsied, 2 had cancer located close to lung......starting chemo Thrusday..

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Deana1
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my biopsy in December and surgery in January. 2 days after surgery I was going home and feeling good

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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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    • FayLynn
    • Experience with Chronic Lymphocytic Le...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Has some skin cancer removed from shoulder

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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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    • Tangojo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Sentinel node plus two removal, re excision after removal of large mass but unable to clear margins

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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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    • Cavmom
    • Experience with Liposarcoma
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    These treatments didn't work and all tumors grew. Decision made to remove mass from abdomen first. This was done between chemo type...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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