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.

    • chick
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) C...
    over 6 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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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hurray this is my last skull surgery, this time they replaced the flap with a prosthesis.

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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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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was too remove the once more infected skull flap. The flap was then sent away to have a copy made then disposed of.

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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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  3. over 6 years ago
    valleyofroses' Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was too replace my skull flap which they had sterilized.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. over 6 years ago
    valleyofroses' Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery was to remove cyst wall and then became infected.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  5. over 6 years ago
    valleyofroses' Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This surgery was to remove infected skull flap

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Lunarmaven
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a port put in because my veins were bad . It also helped with other types of chemotherapy that didn't mix.

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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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  6. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had another excisional biopsy. There were skin changes and thickening on the same breast as lumpectomy. Nothing appeared on mammog...

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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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    • wcrowley
    • Experience with Papillary, Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Although I was released from the hospital the next day after a partial nephrectomy, the location of the incisions made mobility unco...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    stomach bleeding near end of laproscopic procedure cased surgeon to "open me up" so he could apply compression to stomach manually. ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Eliza
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery on May 2 to remove left scapula - wide margins with no evidence of cancer remaining. Still has use of elbow and wrist. Ble...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery was very dangerous. I had been told it was too dangerous to operate by local surgeon who saw me at first hospital 2 months a...

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