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. 5 days ago
    SINCERE08's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery went as expected. I have some side effects that affect my daily living.

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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
    0 Comments
    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    19 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    10 months after surgery I had to have another one just to go in and see what was happening as I was still bleeding and having leakin...

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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
    0 Comments
    • SaraD
    • Experience with Distal (Extrahepatic), B...
    21 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a Whipple procedure. Very difficult to recover from quickly

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Srojas61
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Ce...
    23 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    surgery schedule for 4/30/19 praying for positive results

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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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  2. 26 days ago
    Cassandrafaye's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was just surgery to remove tumor's

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  3. 26 days ago
    Saturnhartwig's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Femur fracture due to chemical exposure and tumor hollowed out bone. I have a stainless steel rod from my knee to my hip. Plate scr...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 26 days ago
    Ktneckbone's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a total Larnyxgectomy

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Ellen007
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    26 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my whole uterus and everything connected to it removed due to Lynch Syndrome that runs in my family. I was bedridden for 6 we...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • ima164
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    28 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a skin graft for gaping wound left after skin died on underside of one breast. Needed to speed healing to begin chemo.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • male4972
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esoph...
    29 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery was NOT explained to me. I had no idea that I was to have an Ivor-Lewis Procedure and instead after an eleven hour opera...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • NannyK
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Life changing but mansgeable

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    1 Comment
    • Emarie
    • Experience with Papillary Cancer (Adeno...
    about 1 month ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    10 biopsies revealed no malignancy spread beyond gall bladder.

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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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