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.

    • sassi_red
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stom...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The initial surgery went great. The complications afterwards is where it all went down hill. His incision opened which resulted in...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Did not there was cancer until they went in to remove part of the thyroid, found to have stage 3 aggressive thyroid cancer with all ...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    My husband's colostomy was successfully reversed. We expected him to remain in the hospital 5-6 days but they discharged him after ...

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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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    • EmmyD
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Immediately after surgery, I had arterial bleeding - another surgery - then within two weeks developed an abscess and had a third su...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • docschuler
    • Experience with Adenoid Cystic Carc...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery was in Dec. 2012. I felt awful for weeks and have been left with moderate sagging on left side of my face that just keeps g...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Thurman
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Bladde...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    All of the visible tumor was removed. Chemo and radiation completed. However, I experienced severe reactions to the radiation; my sy...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a transurethral resection, bladder tumor..They scraped one tumor out and removed a section of prostate and installed a stent i...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • ICRAMAN
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My tumor location was Left temporal lobe. Surgery went extremely well, I went home in two days, but I had halucinations, nightmares,...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • howie0718
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed inside muscle of my calf

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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
    0 Comments
    • grammynmo
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Liver abalation was done 8/26 and everything went good. I'm still in the hospital because I was having problems having a BM so they ...

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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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  3. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my second back surgery for compression fractures that were most likely caused by the MM. I am a week out and still having majo...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Lynne627
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an abdominal surgery to remove a 11.5 cm retroperitoneal tumor which had connected to my right kidney, which also had to be r...

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