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.

    • SJDSLP
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma ...
    about 7 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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    • NatashaT
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a laminectomy done on 4/27/12. The tumor affected my L3, L4 and partial L5. The signs which led me to surgery where sharp, ex...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had surgery on June 26th to remove a well differentiated adenocarcinoma tumor imbedded in my rectis abdominal muscle. ( That is th...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • mrs_m5
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma ...
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Movement and speech centers okay after surgery. Some healing time prior to initiating Stupp's protocol. (Radiation and chemo)

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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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    • Buddy2013
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    SURGERY AT MD ANDERSON 3/4/14- WALKED A QUARTER MILE THE DAY AFTER SURGERY AND MORE EACH DAY. WAS DISCHARGED AFTER FIVE DAYS. WALKE...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Endometrial cancer, fibroids & ovarian non cancerous cysts, I needed no treatments only a total abdominal hysterectomy. My life sinc...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • mauger
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Couldnt walk after surgery. Intense physical therapy for one year to walk again.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • LaurenL
    • Experience with Ampullary Cancer
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Very extensive surgery. Hard to recover

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I should mention that soon after the October diagnosis my friend went unexpectedly into hospital to have surgery to remove a tumor o...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Demi
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Developed blood clot in right leg, currently on blood thinner, not helping

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • chick
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) C...
    about 7 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    removed half of esophagus and half of stomach, rebuilt esophagus with rest of stomach

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