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.

    • ebeach
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My husband and our five children sat on the hospital bed as the doctor broke the news. We were proud of his decision to fight and ha...

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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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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    having a problem with soreness, swelling at the site of the incision under the breast

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Diagnosed with stage IV , lymph nodes, small intestine, small bowel, ovarian, and stomach lining.

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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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    • mcmillan
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    6 weeks of radiation and 2 weeks of chemo in the hospital followed by 13 hours of surgery and 2 weeks in hospital for recovery and 6...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am still trying to recover financially and get back to work from Round One that began in 2007. After 6 yrs and 11 months, a tumor ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Gopher
    • Experience with Carcinoid tumor, Small ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    October of 2012 had surgery to remove mass in small bowel and messentary, 40cm of small bowel along with gallbladder and appendix. ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SarahM
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had hysterectomy removing uterus and cervix. Surgery went very well using Davinci system. Pathology however revealed stage 1 cancer ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Zonda71
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Unable to speak. Skin flap on arm got infected.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • bgf50
    • Experience with Vulvar Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went well and recovery is less painful than expected. I don't enjoy waiting for pathology.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Antika
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I'm remaining neutral about the side effects because my surgery was less than a month ago. There are a few issues that are still ch...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    1 Comment
    • Mamooaug
    • Experience with Follicular Variant (a...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Other than having trouble with my voice every now and then, I'm doing well after the thyroidectomy. I am still emotional at times a...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Gmomcath
    • Experience with Vulvar Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This is a very difficult surgery and I am still recovering 2 years later.

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