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.

    • Abdul
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach ...
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    After second Chemotherapy and second Laparoscopy surgery for partial stomach removal. The doctor found more cancer spots on my peri...

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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 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The area that the knot was removed from was cleaned out about 6-7in incision and lymph nodes were removed from the armpit.

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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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    • MaryU55
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    removed spot on liver and reversed ileostomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • sbarb
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    had the whipple procedure which has a long recovery

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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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    • DeniseD
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had thyroid removed. Cancer was confined to the thyroid, doctor reported all has been removed. Spent last night in the hospital and ...

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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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    • rg0855
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a laporascopic (robotic) whipple procedure in June 2011. Eight hour surgery, minimally invasive. Severe problems with narcot...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • mmflynn
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in si...
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Re-excision; still pregnant so this time have to remain concious since we can't risk anesthesia again.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • BillieD
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery consisted on removal of 1/3 of his tongue and floor of mouth. Neck dissection for removal of lymph nodes. In one week al...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • grammy14
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hard to say early since I wasn't involved as much back then.

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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
    • annieg
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orophar...
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    tonsillectomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Starchsr33
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am an extremely complicated medical case because I have multiple things wrong with me, I have 2 blood disorders, Factor V Lieden a...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My left side feels numb. I'm trying to get the use back in my left leg and left arm and hand.

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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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