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.

    • T-Birdie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 2 years ago
    T-Birdie's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Normal recovery.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Doxwyf
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    about 2 years ago
    Doxwyf's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Re-excision because the margins were very close. The anesthesia made me lightheaded and dizzy. They kept me 2 extra hours and gave ...

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • tmorgan
    • Experience with Unclassified, Kidney C...
    about 2 years ago
    tmorgan's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Partial nephrectomy of left kidney- I still have 85% left

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • G0915
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancreat...
    about 2 years ago
    G0915's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Failed Whipple procedure.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. about 2 years ago
    Auntshel1's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    remove tumor from liver

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
  2. about 2 years ago
    rvaldez0977's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancer had spread through my back. Surgery for removal. It had branched and ended up with a scar that was 11in x 8 inches, back fl...

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. about 2 years ago
    caensminger's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Initial tumor removal. Pathology/Lab discovered it was Melanoma. This is the first time anyone told me I had cancer.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Santana
    • Experience with Mantle Cell Lymphoma
    about 2 years ago
    Santana's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    It was very frustrating because they send me to different Surgeons. it got done but because of my hurt back.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • inaJAR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    about 2 years ago
    inaJAR's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Liver resection. Very painful and slow recovery compared to other surgeries

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • BJLR
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    about 2 years ago
    BJLR's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The cancer had spread throughout my reproductive system and into one lymph node.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Nette1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Bladder...
    about 2 years ago
    Nette1's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Prompt removal of bladder tumors, in and out of hospital, was not informed in advance of same day chemo with catheter and go home bag,

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • SK1974
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leuke...
    about 2 years ago
    SK1974's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I HAD A HARD TIME TELL MY LOVE ONE ABOUT IT. BUT THAN LOVE AND THAT ALL WE NEED TO OVER COME IT

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 14
  4. 15
  5. 16
  6. 17
  7. 19
  8. 21
  9. 22
  10. 23
  11. 24
  12. 83
  13. 84