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. about 22 hours ago
    schweetieangel's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Cancer is back... Surgery is set for Feb 27. Odd in a way as my first surgery was on Feb 27 2014. Waiting till after surgery to ...

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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. about 22 hours ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Anxiety overwhelming. Surgery happened without notice so had no expectations. P E T scan shows no cancer but doctors say no studies ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 7 days ago
    Marilyn1962's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Radical hysterectomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  4. 7 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had a chunk of bone missing in the femur chasing the fracture. Titanium rod was placed in the femur and bone biopsy taken. Lots of p...

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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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    • Onecent
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    10 days ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Robotic surgery

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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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  5. 10 days ago
    November's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Can be feel worse in ICU, but don’t tired to straggling on your conditions.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  6. 12 days ago
    ChesterBenn's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Went BETTER than expected. Took one pain pill, then no need. Went out to lunch with sisters a couple of days after surgery.

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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
    0 Comments
    • Gram321
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    15 days ago
    Gram321's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my left kidney removed

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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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    • yumolita
    • Experience with Poorly Differentiated...
    17 days ago
    yumolita's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On 1-7-19 I had laparoscopy to biopsy tumor but my oncologist was able to remove scar tissue and reach the tumor between my bladder ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Cine5
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocarc...
    18 days ago
    Cine5's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Broke my femur the day before I was to be told my diagnosis from biopsy.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Clementina
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Sto...
    21 days ago
    Clementina's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Having problems with foods

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • JodyByrne
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    23 days ago
    JodyByrne's Avatar

    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a partial neck resection.

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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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