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.

  1. over 6 years ago
    Frankieleon's Avatar

    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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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Recovery was pretty standard, no complications. Total Radical Hysterectomy plus lymp nodes

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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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    • BadBabs
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery has finally been rescheduled for May 22, 2014. I'm more scared this time than I have for previous surgeries. I'm not sure wh...

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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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    • kbachmey
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Biopsy on neck

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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
    0 Comments
    • ellensnapp
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a partial mastectomy & node removal. My margins weren't clear so they had to operate again. Still numb & shooting pains a year...

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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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    • theweasel
    • Experience with Chronic Lymphocytic ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Chronic B-cell CLL plus hemolytic anemia and just had acute gall bladder episode with gall bladder removed. Feeling better due to s...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • clz101
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Resection of descending colon surgery went well. Minimal lymph nodes were affected, thus 5FU chemotherapy treatments were part of th...

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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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    • clz101
    • Experience with Intraocular Melanoma (a...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Initial treatment was radiation plaque applied to eye, then plaque was removed 1 wk later; after 18 months of monitoring, the tumor ...

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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
    0 Comments
    • Froggie
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    It is only one day after surgery. Not a painful surgery. Will rate Recovery, side effects and Impact to Daily Life when I feel can...

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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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    • mdouglas
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stoma...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Stomach was removed. TPN feeding was started. Regained weight over the next couple of months.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • rpro
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I thought I was having surgery to clear my sinuses. They found a tumor in my sinus and it was lymphoma.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • yumolita
    • Experience with Poorly Differentiated...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Went in on April 18th for radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal plus removal of my omentum. Unfortunately I had to do it the ...

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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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