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.

    • PitbullDad
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    16 minutes ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total laryngectomy and total glossectomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 5 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tumor removed from vocal cord, woke up with half my tongue numb which was a real pain, hard to eat, brush teeth, and once I was able...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    5 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had to have chest wall surgery. No cells detected. Chemo did it's job.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Hurting
    • Experience with Acute Panmyelosis with...
    9 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I never expected what I am going through, I really wish I had not had the surgery and dealt with the cancer

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Nannette
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Bladd...
    11 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    High and low grade stage 1 tumors. Then temporary inability to pee. Then catheters until flowmax rx’d

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • joanna1112
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    13 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total thyroidectomy; after surgery, the impact on my daily life while trying to find the right dosage of thyroid hormone was pretty ...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 14 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My body is definitely not the same following surgery. I was still having periods every month prior to surgery and landed in instant ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 18 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    First diagnosed with kidney cancer.. in surgery found liposarcoma Tore duodenum during surgery. 12 days in hospital . No other trea...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JohnnySP
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    19 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Hama knife treatment which was subsequently followed by an 8 hour crbrain surgery. Surgery was a successful little or no side effect...

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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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    • JohnnySP
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    19 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancer ate away my hip bone, extensive surgery to repair. Was advised “No Cure” for my type of cancer.

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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
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    • JohnnySP
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    19 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Doctor did not shut off blood supply feeding the tumour. Consequently gave the cancer to access my body. Since then cancer has masta...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 20 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had surgery in 1999 to remove the tumor and half of my thyroid and again in 2007 to remove the new tumor and the rest of my thyroid.

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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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