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. 5 months ago
    Momafranz's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Resection and reconstruction left gluteus muscle with flap.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. 5 months ago
    SkyFlyer's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My Mother's colon was completely blocked by time for surgery, so she got extremely sick after taking the Miramax prep. She started t...

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Macvic1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Small ...
    5 months ago
    Macvic1's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a bowel blockage wasn’t expecting cancer or to have an illostomy

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • sandy24013
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    5 months ago
    sandy24013's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had pancreas cancer in 2012 they removed most of pancreas spleen and 14 lypm nodes now they found two places on liver had those ab...

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. 5 months ago
    AuburnAngel's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had robotic-assisted radical hysterectomy.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    5 months ago
    Countrygal's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total hysterectomy performed, negative lymph nodes. Told cancer was contained to uterus.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • ginger50
    • Experience with Neuroendocrine Carcin...
    5 months ago
    ginger50's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    post op bleed, post op atrial fibrillation

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • PitbullDad
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    5 months ago
    PitbullDad's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total laryngectomy and total glossectomy

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 5 months ago
    Daiharleygirl2's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tumor removed from vocal cord, woke up with half my tongue numb which was a real pain, hard to eat, brush teeth, and once I was able...

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    5 months ago
    Tracee's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had to have chest wall surgery. No cells detected. Chemo did it's job.

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Hurting
    • Experience with Acute Panmyelosis with...
    5 months ago
    Hurting's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I never expected what I am going through, I really wish I had not had the surgery and dealt with the cancer

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Nannette
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Bladd...
    6 months ago
    Nannette's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    High and low grade stage 1 tumors. Then temporary inability to pee. Then catheters until flowmax rx’d

    Read More

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 4
  4. 6
  5. 7
  6. 8
  7. 9
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 83
  11. 84