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.

    • dmarussell
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Ca...
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I have not been able to return to my typical workout yet, no chest exercise.

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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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    • mmang
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Very painful surgery. Had to go to rehab facility for 3 weeks. The pain was unbearable at times, but doable with pain meds.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • SoniaM
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The emotional impact of the diagnosis followed a week and half later was overwhelming more so than the surgery itself

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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
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    • Joan1
    • Experience with Undifferentiated Carcino...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had surgery on 8/7 to remove residual cancer and parotid gland, two other salivary glands on the right side and the facial nerve. ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total hip replacement due to cancer spread to bone

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Was told they got it all, 6 months later stage 4

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Janus
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancreat...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple procedure, released from hospital 6 days later totally unprepared for the pain and digestive issues.

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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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    • ReneeBee
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    biopsy of tumor that protruded through my chest wall

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Lori4926
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocar...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total hysterectomy including cervix. One night in hospital. Better to get home as soon as possible.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Paulab
    • Experience with Pleomorphic Undifferent...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Happy to have both the tumor (named Pearl) out & pain gone!

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • 1957
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    So much swelling in neck ! Swelling down but still with discomfort

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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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    • gertie22
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    robot

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