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.

    • Chrisg51
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had to have breast re-excision surgery and now I Finally have clear margins. Next step meeting with Medical Oncologist Team

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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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    • mtindall
    • Experience with Oligodendroglioma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had surgery on 2 June; recovery went very well, considering this was a major craniotomy that removed a baseball-sized tumor from my ...

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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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    • mtindall6
    • Experience with Oligodendroglioma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Recovery went better than expected, considering this was a major brain surgery that removed a baseball sized tumor from right fronta...

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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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    • mtindall6
    • Experience with Oligodendroglioma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Recovery went better than expected, considering this was a major brain surgery that removed a baseball sized tumor from right fronta...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Nephrostomy tubes inplanted due to poor kidney function.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Multiple surgeries to clean leg wounds of sudemonis infection so that chemo treatments could restart asap.

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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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    • mssoup67
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometria...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a hysterectomy and a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. The surgery went fine, but it took a while to find out the pathology. In...

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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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    • KiscoKid
    • Experience with Fibrosarcoma, Adult S...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I did not take the surgery seriously enough when deciding which hospital to go with, I was lulled / lulled myself into thinking I h...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • KimberlynJ
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Crainiotomy to remove egg sized lung cancer metastasis in the brain. Excellent results and recovery!

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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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    • billyc1800
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After my initial diagnosis, I had a needle biopsy of a swollen lymph node under my chin. While doing this biopsy, the doctor found P...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Phoenix76
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a full hysterectomy (including ovaries & tubes) via the da Vinci robot. Very fast recovery!

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    The initial neurosurgeon declared the tumor was inoperable. The neurosurgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania decl...

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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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