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. 9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Feb 2019 cancer returned... Surgery again

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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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  2. 9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Liver surgery 0ct 2014 it had spread from my colon

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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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    • jeffcole
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    MM attacked my left humerus causing the bone to become so weak I broke the bone throwing a tennis ball or the neighbor dog. 6 weeks ...

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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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    • PookieR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple, Northside Hospital staff not well trained for patients after this surgery. Dietician not trained.

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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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    • swoozey56
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This is my third bout with cancer, my second with esophageal cancer. I had to have a laryngectomy as well as a gastric pull up with...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Dkatsmeow
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    9 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went fine, but they did not tell I would never eat again. That was glossed over. I wish they had given me worse case scena...

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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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    • Bearymore
    • Experience with Transitional Cell Ca...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Robotic laparascopic radical right nephrectomy.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery - Delays chemotherapy.

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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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    • Christi
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Feeding peg tube. Helped but I had a lot of complications with it

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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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    • Christi
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removal of tonsils

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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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    • Christi
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removal of three lymph nodes on Left side of neck

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • RuthV
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery for tongue, throat and neck cancer not HOV related on 2-14-19

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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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