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
    kibbysgirl54's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Along with my cancer diagnosis, I had necrotizing fasciitis which also required surgery also. I was in the hospital for over 3 month...

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    After chemo there was a shadow on my mammogram so they did a needle localized biopsy and removed my port since it was not a cancerou...

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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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    • keahemalie
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cance...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lymph node resection, right axilla, Feb 2013.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • dizzy
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Went to pre-test for surgery Monday. Everything went well.

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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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    • ZeldaUK
    • Experience with Undifferentiated (High...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hystorectomy, no further treatment.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Further biopsy of tumour a month after the first operation. A proper diagnosis was not made yet.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • ZeldaUK
    • Experience with Undifferentiated (High...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Admitted to hospital for emergency surgery due to heavy bleeding

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Colon resection

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    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

    Nodes removed in neck. 8 removed, 5 positive.

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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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    • dani1011
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My doctor was only planning on removing the left side of my thyroid, but during surgery realized that my entire thyroid had cancer. ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Tsahvan
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Before finding out for sure what the lump in my lungs was, doctors said it had caused the lining of my heart to fill up with fluid a...

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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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    • dafritz
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removal and biopsy. From January 2013 to August 2013 had 26 weeks straight of 3 different types of chemo.

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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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