What to Expect During Recovery from Cancer Surgery

Learning that your aging parent needs surgery to treat cancer is unnerving, to say the least. Of course, you worry about their prognosis. But, you might also be wondering what happens after surgery. How will your parent feel? What kinds of side effects should you watch out for? What can you do to make recovery easier? To ease your worries, the best thing you can do is to learn as much as possible before the surgery, so you can be prepared for what comes after.

Elder Care in Jupiter FL: Cancer Surgery Recovery

Elder Care in Jupiter FL: Cancer Surgery Recovery

Factors that Affect Recovery.

How well your parent recovers from surgery will depend on several factors, such as:

  • Overall Health: How healthy your parent is in general will affect their ability to bounce back after surgery. If your parent is generally healthy, you can expect them to recover more quickly and have an easier time.
  • The Cancer: The location and type of cancer will make a difference.
  • The Surgery: There are several kinds of surgery that doctors may perform. Be sure to ask questions about the procedure and what to expect afterward.
  • Other Treatments: The treatments your parent has received for cancer before the surgery, such as chemotherapy or radiation, may also affect recovery.

Your parent’s doctor will go over the procedure and how to care for the surgery site afterward. They should also tell you what to watch for and when it is necessary to seek medical care.

Common Side Effects.

Depending on the type of surgery and the surgery site, there are several possible side effects. Some of the things you can expect your parent to experience are:

  • Pain: The surgery site is likely to be sore. Of course, the location and size of the incision will affect how painful it is. The doctor should explain how to manage the pain and may prescribe medications.
  • Loss of Appetite: Following the surgery, your parent may not feel like eating. This can be a result of the type of anesthesia used. Usually this side effect wears off soon after the surgery.
  • Fatigue: Feeling extremely tired following surgery is normal. This is especially true if the surgery site was the chest or abdomen. Fatigue usually resolves within two to four weeks of the surgery.


If your parent will be undergoing cancer surgery, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for their after-surgery care. An elder care provider can be an important part of a senior’s recovery team. Elder care providers can remind your parent to take medications to help control pain. They can also prepare meals that are easy to digest. An elder care provider can also allow your parent to rest while they recover, taking care of household tasks and caring for any pets in the home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Jupiter, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.








About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.