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.

    • Thycan
    • Experience with Follicular Variant (als...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a PT in November of 1998 and a completion in January of 1999.

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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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    • Deb68
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    2nd Hip replacement in the same hip. They found cancer on the femur.

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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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  1. 6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Scheduled soon , cryo ablation

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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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  2. 6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lung resection

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Kidney and spleen removed

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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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    • NicoleK
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord ...
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Suffered from bad headaches daily for two months.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Tman007
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    6 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On Oct 4, 2018, I entered the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and underwent a 6.5hr open abdominal surgery. My ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Yaarah
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    chemo port was put in

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • patunia
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    They did not test lymph nodes as they thought it was so small and early that it was just in the tumor but we don't know if it is el...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ellenat190
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery in 2026 went well

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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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  4. 7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total fatigue, muscle and joint pain, terminal only 1/4 of one kidney left. Mets to pancreas, spleen, lymph nodes, other kidney and...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • glam
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    7 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    So far there is no agreement among doctors team if they should start through lung or pancreas surgery so we are under lots of pressu...

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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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