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.

    • Cavmom
    • Experience with Liposarcoma
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Abdominal liposarcoma. Huge mass removed along with my left kidney. They got it all, clean margins. But I was told 50 50 chance of r...

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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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    • 42william
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Panc...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had the Whipple. Did well, 3 week recovery ok

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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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    • Sharma8
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Thymu...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hip replacement is a great success. Bye bye limp.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Sharma8
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Thymu...
    11 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    It looks like I tried to slit my throat. Yay. Tumor removed.

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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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    • Sharma8
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Thymu...
    11 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a Sternotomy, and they removed 7 or 8 tumors. That was not a fun recovery.

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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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    • virginiab
    • Experience with Angiosarcomas, Sarcoma
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Mastectomy to remove angiosarcoma on skin that was caused by radiation for breast cancer

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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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    • Mary1313
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tamoxifen irritated ovarian cysts requiring ovary removal.

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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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    • Cats4mamac
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometr...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am 63 years old and had a hysterectomy on March 7 after spotting vaginally for a few months (which was very odd since I hadn't ha...

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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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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my ovaries removed cuz my cancer is estrogen positive.

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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
    0 Comments
    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Bone marrow biopsy and aspirations, both pelvis.

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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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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lymphectomy biopsy.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Kath1971
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    breast excision

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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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