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.

    • DinaLynn
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esoph...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Once I complete chemoradiation, I will be having an esophagectomy.

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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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    • lndllee
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The initial surgery went well. I wasn't knowledgeable enough to have expectations.

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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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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had already had a knee surgery and yet just five days later I was having a complete hysterectomy. None of my reproductive organs c...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • BILLY22
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esopha...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    May 17 2003 had laproscopic esophogectomy (T3N1M0) at UPMC. I was in hospital 5 days, had j-tube for 3 weeks, rode bus downtown Pit...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • BILLY22
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esopha...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a port and a fannie pack with carbo and 5fu. I had 2 - 96 hour infusions 5 weeks apart 5 weeks of radiation, 25 sessions MI...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Carole
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    adverse reactions to drugs post surgery ... ended with permanent inner ear complications and ongoing vertigo

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    3 Comments
    • jcbalee
    • Experience with Oligodendroglioma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had to have 2 laminectomy's on my L5 & T 3-5. My cancer was discovered in the T 3-5,

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    port cath

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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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    • shelbygirl
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was diagnosed in July with tongue cancer. I was extremely fortunate to see the Top Head and Neck Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kett...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Bob8
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    No Choice but to have surgery..my husband Donated his other Kidney to his diabetic brother 27 years ago..

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • heddie99
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery was to remove the mass, which was external, and had slightly went into the muscle. Recovery went better than expected.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • ANAGDL
    • Experience with Diffuse Sclerosis
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    It wasn't as scary as I thought. I felt strong, confident, positive.. But then I had a scan and will have to have another surgery in...

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