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.

    • JP316
    • Experience with Small-Cell Carcinoma, Bl...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had kidney removed in December 2018. Spent a week in the hospital and 2 weeks in rehab. Had to have 2 blood transfusions due to exce...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • acrispell
    • Experience with Synovial Sarcoma, Ad...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Leg amputation due to synovial cell sarcoma behind the knee cap

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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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    • kdiamond
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was told the growth was large enough to warrant the total removal of my thyroid and that this was the first step of treatment. I d...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Hmcroc01
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed a lymph node to get diagnosis

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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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    • Luvs
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    2 lymph nodes removed for biopsy, Bone marrow biopsy

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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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    • jiml
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    11 months after the first metastasis, it metastasized into my thyroid gland. Removed the gland and now on thyroid hormone meds for ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jiml
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After 24 years, the renal cell cancer metastasized to my right lung which presented as heart attack like symptoms. Lower lobe of th...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • centered1
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Done with the Divinci method..went home before dark

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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
    0 Comments
  1. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    radical hysterectomy through robotic surgery

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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
    0 Comments
  2. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Final reconstruction and port removal June 2015

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    While putting on a pair of shoes I fractured my back and had to have surgery to repair two vertebrae.

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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
    0 Comments
    • Sara0524
    • Experience with Sarcoma, Vulvar Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery and all the technicalities were all fine. My reactions to the world have been so difficult. I have not had any support from ...

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