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.

    • azgold56
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had brachy therapy in January 2014. I won't know if the surgery was successful until I have my follow up bloodwork in July, and I ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Jalemans
    • Experience with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Full hysterectomy + ovaries & fallopian tubes

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Laparoscopic hysterectomy and oophorectemy on June 18 as I am brca1 gene variant positive.

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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

    NO COMMENTS as of yet....still trying to navigate thru this site.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Emergency surgery to remove tumor on spine causing paralysis on Thursday, June 12.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    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

    Port removed

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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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    • alfwells
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    One kidney and associated adrenal gland with 3 nodules were removed. The nodules were malignant.

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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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  4. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After surgery had pneumonia and severe urinary infection

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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
    0 Comments
    • califgalhh
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a hysterectomy on May 14, 2014

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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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    • tstrazz
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    March 2006, thyroid removed.

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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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    • tstrazz
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Feb. 2006, lump in neck removed.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Open abdomen surgery in February went according to Hoyle, thank goodness. In retrospect, recovery was not so bad. It certainly could...

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