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.

    • Joshwa
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    about 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...
    about 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...
    about 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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    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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    • HDW
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Kyphoplasty repair of disc fractured from cancer. It really helped with the pain.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Pat14
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right axillary lymph node removed. Neg for cancer

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Essie
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went well, at the time we were told they got it all, been clear for almost 3yrs then a bomb hit us in 2014 and was told it m...

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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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    • Ajprov
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tired!!

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • KLuk
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancreati...
    about 2 years 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
    0 Comments
    • Hopkins
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    about 2 years 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
    0 Comments
    • Patti55
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    about 2 years 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
    0 Comments
    • TinaJung1
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    about 2 years 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
    0 Comments
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