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.

    • ovsyanne
    • Experience with Adenoid Cystic Carcin...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Disartria

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Cam18
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The bottom half of my dad's left lung was removed at this point. No chemo or radiation was given because the doctor was confident th...

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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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    • Cam18
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    His prostate was removed via surgery with no complications. He was fine after this point and we thought the cancer was in remission.

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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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    • Eliza
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removal of entire scapula

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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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    • CindyH
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Completed two TURB's the first was to remove 6 bladder stones and a large tumor T1G2 covering 2/3rds of my bladder. Two weeks later...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • spzzonk
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a tumor removed from back and a three level fusion in my lower back. So have a three month recovery. Am in the final month of ...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my thyroid removed. Had to be intibated after surgery so had a little longer recovery. But overall went well.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a tear from pulling the uterus through. Actually hurt worse than the robotic incisions.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Russ
    • Experience with Adenosquamous Carcinoma, ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    They remove 40% of my pancreas, my entire spleen, a slice of my left kidney, and 5 lymph nodes. Cancer spread to my lymph nodes.

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • FROG1210
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On April 25, 2014 I had the HIPEC surgery. This was a very difficult decision for me. My husband and family didnt really want me t...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hysterectomy!!! Prescribed since I was not yet post hormonal and my cancer was estrogen positive. No more happy patches!

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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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    • njflower
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    tumor debulking and HIPEC

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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