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.

    • azsuper
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery took 6 to seven hours total. Which was 2 -3 hours than plan. There were surgery issues. And I lost half of my blood. O what ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • higuerv1
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Da Vinci Hysterectomy awesome recovery.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Pepsiw
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Gallbla...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Chemo port put it. Pretty lump!

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Abigail
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Open partial nephrectomy and removal of tumor second surgery wedge resections of 2 lung nodules right lung Carcinoid Tumors Stg 1

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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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    • myronbob
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    hello ,back from liver resection ,whole right lobe . surgeon great . described margins as good [one 4.2 cm ,one .6mm . rest of l...

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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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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Brain surgery is not for sissies

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    to the emergency room thinking I was having a gall bladder problem and ended up having a 12 pound GIST removed from my abdomen. I f...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • AnnieS
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had had a hysterectomy in 2006 so my surgery for ovarian cancer removed a large tumor, my omentum, my appendix, my ovaries, and a ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • merijoi
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarc...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    total radical hysterectomy

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had outpatient surgery on Thursday to remove the thyroid and two nodules. One nodule the size of a woman's fist had several large ...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Every day the impact of these surgeries is felt in my life.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • BadBabs
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery...FINALLY...took place on May 22, 2014. Things did not go as expected at all because the doctors were planning to fix a lar...

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