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.

    • drtater
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinom...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    moas

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • gcmx
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Initial neck surgery Nov. 2012 Initial robotic surgery (back of tongue through mouth) Jan. 2013

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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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    • Kebohs
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Left tonsillectomy,partial pharyngectomy,left modified neck dissection

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • txcin12
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hade surgery in 2010 to remove apple sized tumor for my pelvis. It was on a vein so they to replace vein with an artificial one. H...

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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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    • kmartin989
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophage...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I went to Ohio to have my surgery. Great surgeon-Dr. Perry.

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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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    • jennbeam36
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am hot all the time now, I sweat more than the average, when I am sick my neck swells like hulk hogan`s, if your levels are jacked...

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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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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Biopsy of tonsil area. Very painful. It's been a week now and my throat still hurts.

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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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    • Dlesher
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After chemo had open surgery to remove remaining tisse. Also did total hysterectomy. Was all cancer negative

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Darryl1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This is Diane, my husband was admitted to the hospital,he has a tumor on his spine that was pushing against his c6.The tumor was mak...

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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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    • ambo
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Can not regulate medication

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lung biopsy to confirm rcc in lungs.

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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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    • CorinneLP
    • Experience with Sarcoma, Vaginal Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    partial resection of the tumor which was more extensive that expected

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