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.

    • Connie17
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Bowel obstruction surgery

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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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  1. almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancer spread after surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • MelindaN
    • Experience with Peritoneal, Mesothelioma
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Medically retired

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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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    • Lonnie1950
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    He experienced a chyle leak from the surgery and had a drain tube. A fat free diet was prescribed.

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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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  2. almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Growth was removed in January 2017, has now returned so scheduled to again have growth removed...

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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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    • Tbluvr
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft Ti...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tumor romoved from left thigh. Went into sugery not knowing exactly what it was as tumor was wrapped around femeral artery and vein....

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Joshwa
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Second bone marrow biopsy. This time, CT guided. BTW, it sucked! But good results, sort of... Sarcoidosis confirmed, no lymphoma in ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Joshwa
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Bone marrow biopsy. Staging purposes... PET CT lit up areas in chest and bones, including pelvis. Previously suspected pulmonary sar...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Joshwa
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Biopsy July 30th, 2017. Excision of 2 enlarged nodes measuring about 3cm each.

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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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    • karinelsen
    • Experience with Nasal Cavity and Pa...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    3 surgeries through my nostril. However cancer spread quickly and had to have a 4th emergency surgery where cancer reconstructive su...

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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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    • Nyctimes
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leu...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had serious bleeding and was rushed to the hospital and that’s when I was diagnosed with all

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. almost 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My sister had surgery about 10 days ago to put in a colostomy bag. She was rushed to the hospital two days ago riddled with infectio...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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