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.

    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    about 2 years 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
    about 2 years 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...
    about 2 years 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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    • Cajundago
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Lung Cancer
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I've had non Hopkins lymphoma stage 3 for 8 years i had it return 3times i went through 6surgeries removing the cancerous tumors

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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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    • LindaC
    • Experience with Adenoacanthoma, Endomet...
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went as planned. Tumor was larger than expected. They took more lymphnodes than expected. One of the lymphnodes that was ...

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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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  1. about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my entire stomach removed and they told me it would be like a gastric bypass, but there are a lot of,issues,they did,not,discuss. ,

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Cookie48
    • Experience with Mantle Cell Lymphoma
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removal of lymph node in upper leg. I was surprised by three in incision goin unto my leg.I thought it was a half inch bump in groin.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • arlenematz
    • Experience with Adenosquamous Carci...
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Half pancreas and spleen removed laparoscopically.

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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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    • wendyp1000
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I thought the surgery went well. The surgical scar (from cervix to above belly button) healed well and I was feeling optimistic. Was...

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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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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    about 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Partial Vulvectomy

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Splinter
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had most of lower lip removed (thanks Florida sun) a flap made from upper lip followed by 30 radiation treatments and several recon...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Butterfly7
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocyt...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was upset about the diagnosis, but chose to keep a positive attitude.

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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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