• surgery anxiety

    Asked by magdem on Monday, December 10, 2012

    surgery anxiety

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Did you have a question?

      almost 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Are you having the Whipple procedure? My mother had that--at age 88. It's pretty extreme but she's come out of it okay. The thing is, they don't do that unless they caught the cancer early and they don't think it's spread yet. Pancreatic cancer is usually only caught after it has spread. So, it's a good sign that they want to operate.

      But, yes, I would be anxious too. Any surgery is cause for anxiety. With luck you will come out of it okay and they will get it all with clean margins. They may want chemo afterwards to knock out any cells that slipped past the knife.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I don't know exactly what the question is, but the answer is "Yes!" No matter how I tried to mentally prepare I would "freak out" before surgery. The answer for me was a small dose of clonazepam, an anti-anxiety Rx.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Of course you are having per-surgery anxiety - it's normal.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      I have pancreatic cancer and I had surgery, a Whipple. My surgery was dec 29th 2011. They removed part of my pancreas, my spleen, left adrenal gland, 19 lymph nodes, had removed my gall bladder in August . It took me about 3 months to recover from the surgery, but I had lost 30 lbs before they diagnosed me. The better condition you are in physically the easier it will be for you. I also started chemo in February . I have regained all the weight I had lost and am doing much better than my oncologist expected. They originally said I wouldn't survive past a year, it has been a year since I was diagnosed. I just take one day at a time. I hope I have given you some info that helps. If there is anything else I might can help with dont hesitate to ask. One of the reasons I believe I am doing well is the help I receive from this site. If I can give back some of what I have been given I feel better ;-)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      I should have read your wall before I answered. I was terrified of the surgery. after the surgery I had lots of problems with nausea and vomiting also. My oncologist is very proactive and ordered many things for this. I have zofran, Ativan, phenergan, reglan,and scopalimine patches . All of this has kept my nausea under control since June . I will be starting more aggressive chemo next Monday and am expecting the n&v to return . I have been told there are lots of potential side effects but would rather be fighting this than not. Be strong and lean on friends here when it gets rough. Good luck on your journey

      almost 4 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      I am feeling very anxious about Whipple surgery. It's one of, if not, the most invasive surgeries so there is good reason to feel anxious about it. Wwar's solution of clonazepam sounds like a good one. My surgeon told me to do lots of walking and also eating nutritious foods prior to surgery. Get the Bod in the best state possible and then I will cross my fingers.

      almost 4 years ago

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