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.

    • kallee1987
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophage...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Dad was able to get in to get the tumor removed from his esophagus and stomach. I was afraid he was going to die on the table he did...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had congestion on left side of sinus's for months. Finally went to ENT, he snaked a scope up and ordered an MRI. Detected mass in le...

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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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    • KimberlynJ
    • Experience with Non-Seminoma, Testi...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove / improve location of nephrostomy tubes. Kidneys are not functioning well...

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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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    • mamoose
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Full abdominal hysterectomy

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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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    • mamoose
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Started with gall bladder removal. Doctor noticed mass on ovary and enlarged uterus. Had to go to second hospital to have stray ga...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Sherron
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    When tumor was removed, immediately on waking up all coughing was gone. I was so happy to have kidney and tumor out. Felt amazingl...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Things did not go well, a planed 7-10 day hospitalization turned in to 45 days. Pathology error led to a 2nd surgery, then a fever...

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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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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had GIST in 2003, and a tumor was removed. I had GIST in 2014 and a tumor was removed. I still have several tumors, which are grow...

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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
    0 Comments
    • Ohhellno
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am adjusting to being a diabetic and trying to regain strength, but all in all I can't complain.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Vicboy123
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just lost 1 inch of my right kidney.

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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
    0 Comments
    • CPolizzi
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My mom's hysterectomy went well. The medical team at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse did a great job taking care of her. Her actual sur...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • dxdiva2
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Time to try again. The tissue expanders are going back in today. I am hoping this time will go more smoothly than the initial bilate...

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