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.

    • maxie
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had some lymph nodes removed that the cancer had spread to. Then had to return to the hospital one week after surgery because of in...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • DarFilley
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangio...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple procedure, hard to recover from. Contacted C-diff which has really been a pain.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Uranus
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Remove port

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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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    • lanie516
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgeon attempted to remove the tumor on my pancreas, but it was (is) attached to the portal vein and the hepatic artery on the ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Started the Chemo today, so far, so good... Positive

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Based on my BRACCA2+ results & a worsening uterine prolapse I ended up having a Total Hysterectomy on March 26, 2014. Way more reco...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Rubyred214
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hysterectomy

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • JRitter
    • Experience with Fibrosarcoma, Adult So...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    At first, the recovery was hard...I could't lift my left leg. But as time when by, things have improved. The scar still hurts mont...

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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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  3. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had incissional hernia repair

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • lilcat
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had open surgery in early May to get properly staged. Biopsied lymph nodes, abdominal wall, etc, and omentectomy. Happy that ovari...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Humbled16
    • Experience with Chondrosarcoma, Bone...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a resection of my brain to remove the 2 in. tumor. Surgery went better than expected and recovery time was short, however follow...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    laparo partial nephrectomy of the left kidney. cancer confirmed.

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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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