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.

    • Katstoy
    • Experience with Small Intestine Cancer
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery could have taken 3-6 hours was done in 1.5

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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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    • Shadi
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Ca...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Positive experience after surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • GiGi2
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Excisional biopsy 3 cm node

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • CRAPPY
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma ...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Speech and occupational therapy

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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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    • Pattilou
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Not O...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Secondary brain tumor removed. Primary site cannot be found.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Ranger1
    • Experience with Adrenal Cortical Cance...
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed one adrenal gland and kidney,a spleen, and has metastasized to spinal gland and possibly a lung

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Wandajoy
    • Experience with B-Cell Lymphoma
    11 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had lymph node biopsy 2 weeks ago. I am having pet scan,bone marrow biopsy this week. Port for chemo will be done next week.

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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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    • Bonkers
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    In the month of November 2005 I had a Radical Neck Dissection done to find the base of the cancer. In December 2005 I had a Peg Tube...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Themizzes
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whipple Procedure 6/14/18. Digestive issues post surgery. Prescribed medication to help digest food.

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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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    • D-14
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft Tiss...
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgical outcome was BETTER than expected: Limb was spared with full range of motion (technically I CAN move it, but hurts like XXX ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Megan75
    • Experience with Medulloblastoma
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    We are lucky in so many ways but this has been the most difficult thing we have ever been through. It was out of the blue. Life will...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • SCB
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    12 months ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    microsurgery to try and alleviate lymphedema in left arm, surgeon was not able to find viable lymph nodes in my arm to connect so op...

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