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.

    • suelynn
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Uro...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Outcome of surgery was different than what was planned, but has worked out very well for me. Received an ileal conduit and external...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Twny
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went well in March 2018

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Gina02
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right upper love 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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    • Jannylt12
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Col...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Unfortunately this FIRST surgery was for the removal of my appendix (in May) and that’s how they found the tumor/cancer.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Ps8285
    • Experience with Endometrial Stromal Sar...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    More extensive than expected. Attached to a major vein leading from my aorta

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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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    • Ps8285
    • Experience with Endometrial Stromal Sar...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Abdominal wall

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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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    • Mcgruff
    • Experience with Large Cell Neuroendocr...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Small bowel resection with removal of primary and secondary tumors plus positive in 20 of 32 lymph nodes checked.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • asn2212
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell L...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Resection in Dec 2016, ileostomy in June 2018

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Connie17
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Bowel obstruction surgery

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancer spread after surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • MelindaN
    • Experience with Peritoneal, Mesothelioma
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Medically retired

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Lonnie1950
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    8 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    He experienced a chyle leak from the surgery and had a drain tube. A fat free diet was prescribed.

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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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