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.

    • Ellen007
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my whole uterus and everything connected to it removed due to Lynch Syndrome that runs in my family. I was bedridden for 6 we...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • ima164
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a skin graft for gaping wound left after skin died on underside of one breast. Needed to speed healing to begin chemo.

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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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    • NannyK
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Life changing but mansgeable

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Emarie
    • Experience with Papillary Cancer (Adeno...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    10 biopsies revealed no malignancy spread beyond gall bladder.

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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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    • Russ
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Stomach ...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed 25% of my stomach and part of my small intestine, and the reconnected my small intestine into my stomach at a different loca...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Terguzie
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total hysterectomy Oct 1, 2018. Also had lymph nodes removed. Was told this may be all I would need, but with it being Grade 3 (ag...

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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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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove tumor inside bladder. Catheter for a week after.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Debunking and HIPEC performed. Doctor was hopeful that it was curative. Very hard recovery. Got a staph infection. Was down for thre...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cytoreductive surgery. Was expecting HIPEC. Could not perform HIPEC because tumors were in removable.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Complete hysterectomy with debunking.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • plook
    • Experience with Thymoma
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a sternotomy, pretty tough, 14 days as inpatient.

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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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