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.

    • Diansky
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Small ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After surgery in February to remove the tumor, I was back in surgery last week for a bowel obstruction. The obstruction is a pretty ...

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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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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed tumor on right kidney, and about 10% of that kidney. That was last summer. Told only 5 to 10% of kidney cancers happen in bo...

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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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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed only 30% of left kidney

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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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    • rasmitty
    • Experience with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had minimally invasive laprascopic hysterectomy and then was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma on Dec. 12, 2012. Once the cancer was d...

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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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    • Joshirj
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Post surgery for a few months prior to radiation and chemo was decent. Some general work was reduced.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    April 2014 - Had tumor removed, along with 7 inches of my colon. Also removed 30 lymph nodes, cancer was found in 2 of them. In ho...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    I'm just 3wks into recovery from my Whipple surgery. Healing quickly and learning to adjust to changes in my eating habits.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KimGawitt
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Str...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Partial Hysterectomy. At first they thought I had stage 2 B ovarian cancer

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had double mastectomy,hysterectomy,a few biopsys,and a port put 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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    • Shauntae
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a full thyroidectomy in 2013. Now I'm due for a full lumpectomy since it spread to all my lymph nodes on my left side. We're n...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • middlesue
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Str...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Wonderfully gifted surgeon saved my life. Mine was a very difficult procedure for even the best of the best.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery Scheduled August 11th

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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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