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.

  1. 2 months ago
    Birdwatcher2363's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    10/2016. Fractured rt hip. Surgery to repair with plate and cortical XXX.

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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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  2. 2 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    06/2016. Rt femur collapsed. Surgery to put in plate with 7 screws. Damage to sciatic nerve. Foot drop. Neuropathy. Unbearable nerve...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 2 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Biopsy of femur. Was very hard or walk afterwards. Did months of PT No definitive 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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    • Orchid06
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had brain surgery to remove a tumor.

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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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    • GGP
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas, ...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    biopsy inside my throat to determine if cancer had returned or a new 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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    • GregP_WN
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    A detailed scope and biopsy of tissue in my throat

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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
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    • cjr
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    my husband is still healing on the inside from surgery, hes suffering from severe nausea and no appetite

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Uintah
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Diagnosis after hysterectomy was worse than predicted. Caught mild infection in hospital that still recurs from time to time.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • GregP_WN
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    3 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    A couple of months ago I felt a small blister on my gumline. A dentist determined through xrays that I had an impacted wisdom tooth ...

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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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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    fast recovery for the most part. It is a radical hysterectomy using robotic assistance. I recommend this type of surgery. It is a...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Pearlcrev
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orop...
    5 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Exposure to radiation, had right palate and upper right jaw and teeth removed, now have an obturator.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 5 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Pathology report after D&C diagnosed Endometroid Adenocarcinoma of Endometrium...recommended complete hysterectomy asap! Had surgery...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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