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.

    • Beamer
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma ...
    4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery, although necessary, had complications/bleeding, and because of the deep location of the tumor caused more swelling and reco...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right ovary was removed on January 31. On Feb. 4th emergency surgery for a herniated bowel, a complication

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SSmith5780
    • Experience with Low-grade Astrocytoma
    4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had "Awake Brain Surgery" to remove as much as they could. I got really sick during surgery and the first 12 hours after surgery. ...

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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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  2. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My whole right side has been effected

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    DaVinci went almost TOO well! Took one pain pill and that was it. Most of the circle scars have disappeared (less than one year late...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Messed-up throat biopsy following "lighting up" the PET scan. Also had a billion mammograms--all for UTERINE cancer!

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • abrub
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinoma ...
    4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove the latest new met from my appendix cancer; went more easily than I could ever have anticipated, despite being ope...

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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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  5. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed my ovaries and tumors which were attached to my pelvic wall. Cancer was the same as original cancer. Now, I am metastatic.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had 6 surgeries to remove fat from my body and transfer it into the flap to make a breast.

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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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    • Neri
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Prior to diagnosis, had a spinal fusion of 4 levels which has greatly impacted on basic acts of daily living

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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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  7. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancer is back... Surgery is set for Feb 27. Odd in a way as my first surgery was on Feb 27 2014. Waiting till after surgery to ...

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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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  8. 4 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Anxiety overwhelming. Surgery happened without notice so had no expectations. P E T scan shows no cancer but doctors say no studies ...

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