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.

    • Kath49
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After diagnosis I was to have my Myeloma stabilised through Chemotherapy and the mass in my left hip treated with Radiotherapy to re...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • carlie
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orophar...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Pain in my jaw so surgeon removed scar tissue. Glad to have support from a great medical team.

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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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    • Theresa7
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    kidney stent nephrostomy tube

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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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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Mom had a 10-hour Whipple, early February 2014. Unfortunately, some of the tumor had wrapped around arteries and could not be 100% ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • WilliamW
    • Experience with Lung Carcinoid Tumor
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery done laproscopicly. Recovery and lasting impact was minimal.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • fetzers
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Drain fluid from pleural effusion. Oct 2013

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • JulieBug
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery to remove a lower lobe in his right lung.

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • JulieBug
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was delayed a week so he could have testing done by a cardiologist due to his cardiac history. This meant switching his...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • CEGriffin
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a complete hysterectomy, both ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. I also had a bowel resection - no ostomy bag - which I am g...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Johnswife
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Neck Dissection surgery (zones 2-5) to remove various lymph nodes on the right side of the neck, region 2 was determined cancerous a...

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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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    • Johnswife
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    First surgery was exploratory to find primary tumor and resulted in tonsillectomy to remove right tonsil where the small primary tum...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • chris64
    • Experience with Liposarcoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My sister found a Dr. in a top rated hospital that deals strictly with my type of cancer. They asked me to fax over all of my repor...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
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