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.

    • Blue38
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Originally scheduled for cyst removal from right ovary, turned out to be cancer spread from colon to ovary.

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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. over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    spinal laminectomy and tumor removal , spinal cage between L4 and L5 after tumor was removed

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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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    • Janet53
    • Experience with Carcinosarcomas
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Still recuperating from complete hysterectomy

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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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    • Boomerinaz
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had umbilical hernia repair with mesh Jan 2017. Tumor found in omentum. Later, within 2 weeks, 2 tumors grew and were embedded in my...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I’m 2 years cancer free . I’ve had body scans and ultra sounds enough to last me a lifetime.

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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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    • Amarie128
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma,...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The thyroid controls so many functions, I thought I was dying from all the symptoms I was experiencing.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • BobbyZ
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Biopsy for tumor, small surgery on local anesthesia. Results in 7 to 10 days, on pins and needles

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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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    • yaba
    • Experience with Liposarcoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    We did not know it was cancer when the surgery was preformed

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Journey
    • Experience with Bronchioloalveolar Car...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a lung biopsy which showed that I had Adenocarcinoma.

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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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  3. over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Heart attack in 2010, 2 stents placed in heart. Open heart surgery in Oct. 2017 to repair mitral valve, replaced mitral valve ring &...

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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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  4. over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a resection of the tumor within the spinal cord and the syrinx that ran the length of my spine. 10 hour surgery. Needed emergenc...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • scinphilly
    • Experience with Chronic Lymphocytic...
    over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lymph node biopsy went as planned

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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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