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.

    • vacgirl
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    they went in robotically to get samples of lymph nodes and belly fat looking for more cancer. None found

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Jhk1
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a lot of fatigue about a month after my surgery (hysterectomy) and told my doctor that it felt like a herd of elephants had run ...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Turbt#3

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Turbt#2

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Turbt

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Scheduled for this Wednesday 8/6

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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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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hysterectomy

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Went thru chemo and radiation, along w/ 2 surgeries to remove tumors in the bladder.

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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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    • bellsf
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    22 pelvic and 6 Para aortic lymph nodes removed. All were clear. Still have pain where the pelvic nodes were removed. Post-op infe...

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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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    • mac65
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had colon resection surgery on the 24 th of july was in the hospital until the 28 . still I n p...

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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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    • lj1109
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My fiance had partial nephrectomy 8 days ago. Path reports states RCC, papillary, type 1, Grade 2. He is doing fairly well in terms ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Msc2974
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Extensive surgery. Recovery went well then started 6 months of chemo. Went for 3 month check up after chemo and found the cancer cam...

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