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. over 1 year ago
    Teachertina's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Kidney and spleen removed

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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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    • NicoleK
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Suffered from bad headaches daily for two months.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Tman007
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On Oct 4, 2018, I entered the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and underwent a 6.5hr open abdominal surgery. My ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • patunia
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    They did not test lymph nodes as they thought it was so small and early that it was just in the tumor but we don't know if it is el...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ellenat190
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery in 2026 went well

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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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  2. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total fatigue, muscle and joint pain, terminal only 1/4 of one kidney left. Mets to pancreas, spleen, lymph nodes, other kidney and...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • glam
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    So far there is no agreement among doctors team if they should start through lung or pancreas surgery so we are under lots of pressu...

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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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  3. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    8 1/2 hour surgery, 3 surgeons. Multiple cancers to remove, but discovered lots of endometriosis to remove first.

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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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    • GokartMom
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney C...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Open nephrectomy NED until 7/2016 diagnosis Stage IV, metastasis to lymph nodes in mediastinum

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Katstoy
    • Experience with Small Intestine Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery could have taken 3-6 hours was done in 1.5

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Positive experience after surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • GiGi2
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Excisional biopsy 3 cm node

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