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.

    • 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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    • sailorman
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove what was thought to be a cyst/possible BCC

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • DoctorLee
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenoca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Bowel problems, mostly diarrhea, started the day after surgery. I never had to take a stool softener after my surgery.

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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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    • Moe1999
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a stent placed in my bladder during surgery to remove my colon tumor, it was only supposed to stay in there for 3 days, but my...

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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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    • sarahw
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My headaches were so severe and I was throwing up so much that when an MRI discovered the tumor and I was told I could have surgery ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Moe1999
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    October 2013 had surgery to remove tumor. Surgery went extremely well. Stayed in the hospital for 3 days, finished recovery at hom...

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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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    • atlixco
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a bowl obstruction and 2 weeks later I was in the hospital again with same problem. The 2nd time I had the operation and a few...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • starry1982
    • Experience with Synovial Sarcoma, A...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    July 17, 2014. Had second surgery to remove margins - any tissue around initial tumor site.

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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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    • starry1982
    • Experience with Synovial Sarcoma, A...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    June 25, 2014. Had initial surgery to remove mass - originally suspected to be a benign soft tissue mass. In-surgery cross-sectiona...

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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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    • gr8ful2u
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    At year 5, CT Scan found one small tumor near skin, just next to scar from year 4 surgery. Evidently surgeon dragged tumor cells out...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • gr8ful2u
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Small, single tumor in left lung found 4 years after kidney was removed. Had the tumor removed via surgery. A year later and still h...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • gr8ful2u
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Kidney removed. No side effects once healed

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