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.

    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Complete hysterectomy with debunking.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • plook
    • Experience with Thymoma
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a sternotomy, pretty tough, 14 days as inpatient.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. over 1 year ago
    Momafranz's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right lung pneumonectomy.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. over 1 year ago
    Momafranz's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Open heart surgery to remove tumor thrombus from left atrium.

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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 1 year ago
    Momafranz's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    2nd wedge resection. This time by RATS.

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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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  5. over 1 year ago
    Momafranz's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    First of two wedge resections to right lung using VATS the first time.

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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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  6. over 1 year ago
    Momafranz's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Resection and reconstruction left gluteus muscle with flap.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  7. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My Mother's colon was completely blocked by time for surgery, so she got extremely sick after taking the Miramax prep. She started t...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Macvic1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Small ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a bowel blockage wasn’t expecting cancer or to have an illostomy

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • sandy24013
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had pancreas cancer in 2012 they removed most of pancreas spleen and 14 lypm nodes now they found two places on liver had those ab...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  8. over 1 year ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had robotic-assisted radical hysterectomy.

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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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