What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
lumpectomy and SNB all went well had trouble with drainage and had to have it drained a few times. Now having problem with fluid in breast
double mastectomy lymph nodes
October 2012, bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
June 18th Biospy of right breast. Sore July 29th Biospy of left breast with marker. Sore, exhausted from the long procedure. Next day very painful. January 25th Double mastectomy with tissue expander and DIEP Tram Flap from the back. Also lymph node removal. Pain from the tissue expanders, difficulty moving from the Tram Flap incision. Waiting for date in May for removal of tissue expanders.
Excision 11/2, then re-excision 11/15, then bilateral mastectomy 12/15 when they couldn't get everything. Also had port placement in my left subclavian.
Surgery after 4 months of Chemo. Mastectomy on 1-22-2009, followed by 4 more months of Chemo (oral chemo this time around - Xeloda 150mg 16 pills a day) and 40 weeks of Herceptin & 5 weeks of Radiation.
2/6/03 ~ wake up not initially that fun, adjusting to meds, draining weird to me, scary.......but, determined to use my left arm!
August 27 is my surgery Date at 8:30am
lumpectomy On Sept. 15 2009. Bilateral Salpingo oophorectomy. Pain not too bad went away after a week or so.
Lumpectomy Oct. 2004 Chest Tube July 2008 I've had 2 ports- one currently- I had the first one taken out just as soon as we were done with it because it was so tender. The current one doesn't bother me at all, thank goodness.
Double masectomy 11/10/2011 Transflap 5/2012
2001 Lumpectomy, 2009 Mastectomy
got to do it, accept it, move forward each day, little by little
Lumpectomy with 2 lymph nodes removed. 4-14-2009. Caused menopause.
May '05 right mastectomy 27 lymph nodes & 2 sentinel lymph nodes removed all cancer free...horrible pain for a long time. Discharged from hospital w/2 drains. Was not prepared for this at all!! What a nightmare! Having drains removed was a special event for me! What a strange sensation that was to put it mildly!
Breast cancer No. 1. Surgery left me with some lymph oedema in the left arm, but the exercises helped and this is now barely noticeable. Leiomyosarcoma 2009: Can still sometimes feel the 'join' where my guts were resectioned and this can be a little uncomfortable. Breast cancer No. 2 2011: The nature of the reconstruction made it really hard to stand straight for about 3 months after the op. Also a tiny part of the new boob 'died' as it lost its blood supply temporarily - its taken 6 months to heal fully but is ok now.
Dec 10, 2010: Lumpectomy, breast reduction Side effects: Pain, can't pick up anything over ten lbs, I don't have to cook or clean house and walk dogs.
Had a double mastectomy and expanders inserted in August. Side pain, side effects of pain meds, and dealing with the drains was the most uncomfortable. Then had my ovaries & tubes removed in September. Didn't feel quite like myself for 2 weeks. Was worried about menopause, but nothing too bad. Just hot flashes, but I've had those for years! They just happen more often.
1st was 3/12/2010. Lumpectomy. 2nd was 6/8/2011. Lymph node removal. 17 was removed and 9 was positive. 3rd was 7/12/2012. Lymph node removal. 5 was removed, then found out metastasis in spine.
March 17th, 2011: single mastectomy (skin saving) with immediate reconstruction - silicon implants. Only 2 weeks in, so hard to say! Going well so far...
Lumpectomy and ancillary dissection: right breast in 1991, left breast in 1992. Lung biopsy in 2002. No significant side effects with breast surgeries, lung biopsy was difficult and I had problems healing.
No surgery date scheduled yet. Started with systemic chemo a/c followed by (now) taxol and herceptin. Hope to have surgery in October 2011
Biopsy, mass removed 12-21-10 Sentinal Node Removal, eight nodes, 12-29-10 Port installed, 1-17-11
Mastectomy 1/2011 Nodual removed part of tyroid takem in 1974 the rest takem out 1996 ROI 3 months later
surgery was april 4,2008 ,,i didnt have any side effects besides depression
What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
attempted prostate removal in Dec 2010, it was abondoned due cancer already found outside the capsule, lymph nodes imlications
Open radical retropubic prostatectomy, Sept. 11, 2007
Retropubic Radical Protateclocy December 16 2008, Scaring and some pain when walking. Not much at all.
Invasive. Post op issues : mild incontenence, ED and depression
Side effects: some scare tissue in bladder, stress incontinence
Had three gold markers inserted around April or May, 2113, followed by some bleeding and soreness that passed in a couple of days.
attempted removal of prostate, found adjacent lympnodes involed, abandoned removal....started hormone theraphy 01/06
Schedule May 2007
Have not chosen treatment. Leaning towards removal of the prostate
catheter--pain--relapse 2nd week--rushed to hospital--blood sugar drop to 40/60--death immenient --wife arrived in time--more treatments
Radical Prostatectomy, 27th October 2011.
Da Vinci Robotic Controlled prostatectomy, November 2012. Cathererized 1 week. Regained full bladder control almost immediately. Kegel exercises highly recommended
What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
No surgery is available in my Father's case.
lower left lung lobe removed, 9/12/14, still in lots of pain 3 1/2 months later
Removed Kidney, 1990, Tumor regrew by 2000, Cancer Matastized to Lungs, Kidney removal 2000, Lung Hot spot removed 2006. Exercise counteracted side effects.
9 yrs ago-ipsilateral thyroidectomy, radical neck dissection, 2 thyroplasties. Jun-08-pnuemonectomy w/ part of my pericardium and diaphram removed. OUCH!!!!!!
The surgeon, an excellent surgeon, recommended a lobectomy on the right lung. Surgery was performed on July 13, 2009. The surgeon found the nodule was cancerous and had grown in an area of the lung damaged by a fungal infection, cryptocaucus. My recuperation period in the hospital was twelve days, the release prolonged due to a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). The treatment for this was the most painful thing I have EVER encountered. It's called Pleurodesis and consists of putting one of any number of chemicals (sclerosing agents or sclerosants) into the pleural space by way of the existing chest tube. The sclerosant irritates the pleurae which results in inflammation (pleuritis) and causes the pleurae to stick together. I don't recommend this to cure boredom but it did work!!
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
broncospy, spitting up blood the first few hours, sore throat and some moderate pain. Needle biopsy - caused a 4 day hospital visit because of air in lung. Chest tube was placed for 4 days.
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
I had fluid drained off of my lung 2x in late October and then had pulmonary effusion closed off during surgery as well. Got blood clots in my legs and lung after surgery.
My surgery date was on October 6, 2010. The surgeon did a lobectomy on my right lung, where the two spots were located. My side effects were that I had extreme pain in my side, difficulty breathing, and even pain in my right arm. The pain from the surgery went away after about two weeks, but I still have shortness of breath because I am missing part of my lung- go figure.
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
2009 hysterectomy cancer "leiomyosarcoma" found in muscle wall. drs said no treatment needed just follow up in 6 mo. 2012 went in to er for rib and stomach pain, shortness of breath had mri and biopsy done diagnosis stage 4 lung cancer leiomyosarcoma 10/2013 my cancer has spread to pelvic region
lobectomy 9/24/09,massive infection removal & lobectomy 11/3/09
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
lymph node removel
removed my left lung on 12/17/2008,i was in surgery for 8 hours and had some complications with low blood pressure the first 12 hours and had to taken off morphine because of the low BP.I had the operation on wed. and they had me walking around on friday morning and i left the hospital on sunday morning. to be cont.
Upper right lobe lobectomy on 2/25/14. Pathology done during operation. Stage 1a, size 1.8cm, no lymph node involvement, no pleural involvement. Thyroidectomy 7/17/2014.
Mediastinoscopy/bronchoscopy 4/5--No side effects
She havent had any surgery yet,.
removal of the tumor in my pelvis and the superior remus bone of the pelvis (july '07), side effect is continuing pain in left hip, removal of left adrinal gland (sept '09)- no side effects
june 2014 ..none
Surgery for fracture of femur
What Bladder Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
They removed the tumor by going throught the urethral tube. October 30th 07 was my surgery date and I had a great doctor. I had chemo injected into my bladder right after surgery as a preventive method. I had a hysterectomy in Feb 08 as a preventive surgery because of where the tumor had been removed from. The recovery for this was 12 weeks long and very painful. Still have side-effects from that last surgery.
First Surgery 3.5 years ago to remove two tumors. BCG treatments to follow. Not much pain other than the catheter. Second surgery on the bladder to remove a tumor November 18, 2010
TURBT Cath five days, burning when voiding once removed ach in bladder regions urgency to 4 minutes or less at times for 24 hours. blood and clots when voiding
Went in for a biopsy, stayed for the removal, never looked back. God is good! Now every 6 months I get scoped. After the last check up Doc says every 12 for a scope every 6 for a pee test. Boy am I gonna miss getting scoped. The thing looks like a straw and feels like a sewer line.
Removal of cancer6 weeks rest
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Biopsy on April 20, 2010. Cancer diag. on April 23.
Lymph node biopsy.
I've had so many surgeries it's not even funny. From the day the doctor called my mom and told her to get me to a hospital NOW, until today, I have been relentlessly tortured in every which way possible for the greater good or some bullshit like that. I had two biopsies in the same spot, one was with just shots and no numbing medication and ther other was actual open surgery. Then they had to clean it out because they didn't check it and it got infected and couldn't heal properly. Then it finally did, but then they had to open me up again to put my port in my chest but since my diagnosis, I've stopped working out. All I can do is eat and eat and eat because of the steroids they're giving me so Im growing immensely! Well, that tilted the port in my chest and they almost can't get to it so they may need to cut me open a fourth time. Everytime I go into surgery they put a long scope down my throat into my chest so I can breath is I start to slide. Well when they take it out, you wont be able to swallow your foods for the next 3 days or so. Waking up initially is scary to because there's something covoring your entire face and all you can see is up and hear groggy voices. you're in a lot of pain to.
Port in right arm 08/2008 it got infected and developed a clot and was removed. Port in chest 10/2008
FNA then complete removal of lymph node. Bone marrow biopsy.
Removed 1 lymph node for biopsy, installed port in chest,bone marrow aspiration.To much cancer to operate.
4/9/13 splenectomy - laparoscopic spleen removal surgery wasnt to bad, overnight stay recovery painful.. still in the healing healing process.
Numbness around chin
sorry dont know all the terminology,here in the uk we are not as informed,by the doctors,lymph gland removed by surgery,just the normal side effects from minor sugery
removed mass from right side of neck was a size of a pear they told me.also had moved to my lung at the size of 2.0cm if i remember correctly
Kidney Transplant, 3/17/2004 Tonsilectomy Stomach Lymph Node Removal
Thoracoscopy to biopsy mediastinal mass, port placement
Biopsy's (lymph node and bone marrow)
1/1/2015 lymph node removed from neck. Messed up my shoulder.
Had SO MANY SURGERIES. two to remove the lump on neck, one because the doctor suspected appendicitis, and two on the intestines, apparently still bleeding after the first, so have to reOPEN and reDO
Jan 2009 1st node removed from lower rt chin March 2009 2 node removed from under rt arm pit April port put in Oct port removed no chemo yet all nodes disappear March 2010 Nodes removed from left shoulder sometime in July they are going to remove the new node in rt neck area to confirm diagnosis forgot they bone marrow extraction March 2009
Lumpectomy, biopsy to right breast
December 2011 - had the lymph node surgically removed for biopsy. The side effects were minimal and back to normal in a day or two. Bone marrow biopsy - not painful.
Lymph node removed, no real side effects
Surgery March 2002, excisional. Initially dx as benign.
Other than a port installation, I avoided surgery - I was scheduled fora THIRD biopsy (surgical) as it took them 1 whole month to diagnose me after 2 needle biopsies! I was spooked to get a port implanted, but it was the best thing I could do and made life much simpler during chemo. I wear my port insert/removal scars as my badge of courage.
Had a colon infection and had a colostomy bag for about 3 months.. Then got it reversed
biopsy and insertion of the port-a-cath.....port-o-cath..haha
5/14/2014 for suspicion of new cancer. Outpatient procedure.
What Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Lymph node biopsy and re-excision in May 2007, 2 days after coming home from Honeymoon
Nov.1997 -Re-excision Surgery, with scalp sweep and skin graft- 2cc down, 4" wide. Aug. 2010 -Re-excision Surgery between eyes on forehead. sz of pea
January 4/08, scrape biopsy, Jan.10 call from derm saying positive Melanoma, Stage 1A, Clarks II, had Wide excision on Jan.15/08, tumor on adrenal gland Feb/08
Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4×4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.
Lung: Right lower lobe removed (Lobectomy).
Tissue and tumor removal on Feb 9th 2010, lymph node removal on April 16th
Skin excision and sentinal node biopsy, all negative.
had a very small mole removed on my cheek 2.5 years ago.One year later check up showed the bugger got away.Melanoma
So far only the mole removal.
Wide excision and sentinel node biopsy May 23, 2008
Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4 x 4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.
What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
Radical nephrectomy to remove my left kidney with thrombectomy as the cancer has spread thru the inferior vena cava just below the liver, was done on July 9, 2010. Woke up in the ICU with excruciating pain the staff gave morphine to ease it. Spent 7 days in the hospital and went back to work w/in 2 weeks. Doctors advised me to undergo chemo as they have not taken all of the tumor in the IVC.
December 1, 2008, Right Nephrectomy through an open midline incision 15.5 inch zipper through my middle :)
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
June 26 will have a Da Vinci Robotic surgery to remove the tumor. Didn't realize that if they had to take the whole kidney they can just enlarget the hole and sqeeze it out. That helps as I am saving up leave and the recovery still would be short (~2 weeks).
My husband has his C-4 removed, replaced and C-3, 4 and 5 fused March 16. Recently, he has 2 femoral angiograms to insert the radioactive beads.
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
Jan. 3.08 = removed left kidney and tumor -it had spread to lungs, brain and skull - it is clear cell and is responding to treatment
Nephrectomy of the left kidney April 09. The tumor was only 3cm but involved 6.5cm including cortical swelling. Due to its location it destroyed the collective duct and the hole kidney had to be remove along with the adrenal gland. The normal side effects from a nephrectomy are present. An unexpected side effect is irretractable hiccups, for the past three years that still proceed. Due to my "stone former" status I have to follow the precautionary diet to prevent me from forming new kidney stones
Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11
right nephrectomy--hand assisted laparoscopic 4/4/11. Recovery was fine.
Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy to remove tumor on Left Kidney, March 25th 2011 - Surgery was a great with good margins taken. Side effects were extreme nausea, lung collapse, and continual fluid on left lung to date.
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
My cancer was encapsulated within the kidney therefor they removed the kidney, adrenal gland, and the gall bladder. I had a chest tube and was in ICU for several days.
Left LRN 4/20/10
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
Open partial right kidney removal March 10th, 2011. Recovery has been great but stint has migrated into my partial kidney and will be removed May 5th. Stint removal on May 31st, lots of cramping the day of and back pain. Glad it's out.
Radical nephrectomy right, 02/02; lumpectomy chest, 11/07; partial nephrectomy left, 02/11; lumpectomy abdomen and bowel resection, 02/14
July 27th, I dont know waht the doctoers call it it but he was cut from neck to groin to remove tumor and then front to back on left side to remove kidney!
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
9/6/13 total tumor removal with clean margins, 7 of 21 tested lymph nodes positive
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
Whipple performed immediatly following diagnosis. Weight loss, depression, pain, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting,overall weakness
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
surgery not an option
had tuomor and part of pancreas and 9 lymph nodes along with spleen removed in Dec. 2001...just post-op pain...Dec. 2005 R.F.A. on liver along with resection...same with post-op
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
Whipple, March 2008
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
Whipple May 13, 2014
Open distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy is the type of surgery I had for my pancreatic cancer in January of 07..side effects..digestion issues....especially for the spicier foods that I love and anything gassy...peppers,cucumbers, onions, broccoli,and cabbage..must stay at a minimum and I hate this if I were to put any combo of 2 or more of these things in a salad I would be extremely ill. when I first came home from the hospital finishing a tv dinner was often more than I could handle. The good thing is the surgery actually improved my blood sugars and reduced my need for insulin.
Dad had a Whipple procedure on 2/15/10. The tumor was completely removed along with 12 lymph nodes (only one tested positive). His side effects have been pain, nausea, gas build up, bile build up and hiccups which caused him to start throwing up the bile so bad he had to go to the ER. Finally found the right combination of medication to get rid of all of the side effects.
Whipple, October 2008
Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Hemiglossectomy - with rebuild from a forearm flap - a left neck dissection 40 nodes removed. One node positive with ECE. Tumor removed with clear margins. No pain though I had a trache, for 5 days - Very frustrating - mostly numbness, stiffness, in neck, stitches in mouth, and drooling like a dog! Surgery 2/4/2011 released 2/14/2011.
8/30/2012. Removed lump in gum, surrounding tissue and margins, scraped jawbone, reconstructed gum over jawbone using remaining gum and mucosa from beneath tongue. Rapid swelling ensued, ended up in ICU for 24 hrs.
I had part of the upper palate removed on June 12th, 2007 at UCLA by the Head and Neck surgeon Dr Abemayor, who told me " The body is a wonderful healing machine" and it is.
Radiacal neck dissesection and tonsilectomy
Partial neck disection with lymph node removal, may 2009.
Removal of tumor 3/8/2012. With lymph node dissection. Reconstructive Surgery, tracheotomy, feeding tube insert. 12 hour surgery. 9 days in hospital. Recoup for a month at home, then Radiation treatment
Modified radical neck dissection. This was a cake walk compared to the radiation.
3 inch incission to remove lump x 2. No side effects.
What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
I've had one surgery. Can't imagine there would be much need to do another... they removed just about everything including my appendix (smile).
rt ovary and tube removal, just returing to work, I tought I was ready, but I got soo tired my first day back on Friday 3/29/2007, mabey with so much going on.
October 24, 2011 surgery for hysterectomy and omendectomy
total hysterectomy et al. 9/18/09
07/02/09: removal of tumor, right ovary & right fallopian tube (unilateral salpingo-oopherectomy), appendix, lymph nodes, and omentum
11/03', 6/04, 7/08, 3/14, 10/14 pain lots of pain
Salpingo Oophorectomy, right ovary, July 8 2009
February 10, 2010 - Surgery went extremely well...removed all visible signs of cancer from diaphragm, liver, colon, as well as omentum and complete hysterectomy. Appendix came out as well (seems to be the protocol). My mother became very depressed and was given anti-depressants.
April 7, 2010 - radical hysterectomy with lymph node and omentum removal. Ovarian cancer discovered in surgery. Surgery recovery was very easy for me.
October 2009--unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
August 2007, September 2008, October 2009
TAHBSO and section of supraclavicular lymph node on July 25th, 2011
Complete debulking and 2 laperoscopies
Surgery total hysterectomy, appendix removed, and tumor in abdomen removed--June 8,2011, still really tender and sore where incision is, no side effects other than grief.
10 inch incision on lower stomach. The doctors found a 22cm tumor surrounding my right ovary, removed it cleanly along with my appendix and right fallopian tube.
Right ovary removal on Oct 8th. Maybe more, won't know till after surgery.
2010 TAH/BSO 2011 Pelvic exenteration - colostomy urostomy
June 21, 2010 successful surgery with no visual cancer remaining.
3/31/2014 Paracentesis for ascites in abdomen. Found Atypical cells in abdominal fluid. 2000ml drained. 4/04/2014 - Exploratory Laparotomy, Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, Bilateral Salpingo-oopherectomy, omentectomy, lymph node dissection, cancer staging. Found tumor in both ovaries. Left ovary and mass measured 9.0 x 7.5 x 2.0 cm. Right ovary and mass measured 10.5 x 7.5 x 5.1 cm. Nodules on my omentum, bladder, and paracolic gutter (area between the abdominal wall and the colon). All of these we're non-invasive implants.
July 1996-Removal of 13 pd tumor, one ovary, fallopian tube and appendix. No chemo needed.
The surgery was on December 4, 2008. During the surgery I had both ovaries removed and two lymph nodes removed as well. The recovery from the surgery was rough but I got through it.
August 10, 2010 - Laparoscopic unilateral salpingo oopherectomy, cystectomy October 18, 2010 - exploratory Laparotomy; staging, omentectomy, biopsies, debulking Side effects: adhesions for surgey...extreme pain like what i was having that lead me to the diagnosis. Nothing was found wrong so doctors summed it up to be adhesions. Also started having bad acid reflux after surgery.
4 major abdominal surgeries: permanent problems digesting
My mom was in surgery about 5 days later. By this time she was absolutely miserable b/c of the fluid which had built up in her belly. My mom is a tiny woman, 5ft and just over 100lbs and the doctor removed 6 LITERS of fluid during the surgery. She also removed, in her words, "anything that my mom didn't need" which included: ovaries, F tubes, uterus, cervix, appendix, omentum, and any cancer that had "planted" itself on her lining, diaphram, and colon intestines. (Just in case there is anyone out there who is clueless like I was: She did this with a suction devise that she said literally sucks the cancer right off. She also explained that just because the cancer is on the surface of an area or organ does not mean that it has metastasized to that organ/area. That was much welcomed news to me!)
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
04/15/10 - Ultrasound 04/27/10 - First FNA Biopsy 07/05/10 - Thyroid scan w/ RAI tracer 07/14/10 - Second FNA Biopsy w/ molecular marker testing 07/26/10 - Told I most likely have thyroid cancer 08/13/10 - Total Thyroidectomy 08/18/10 - Diagnosis confirmed: follicular carcinoma of the thyroid
9/2002 - Partial thyroidectomy 11 days later - total thyroidectomy
Thyroidectomy, October 5th / 2011.
Diagnosis July 1, 2010...Remainder thyroidectomy and radical neck dissection July 20, 2010....
removed rightside of my thyroid because of a large goiter ( multi nodule cyst).Now Imust go back for second surgery. wanting to get a 2nd patholgy test ???
Total thyroidectomy, parathyroid gone crazy, calcium loss, re-hospitalized
Total thyroidectomy scheduled for October 8, 2010
Left side neck dissection, total thyroid removal on March 13, 2014. Side effects: vomit, nausea from anesthesia. 2nd surgery to fix a leak from temporary tubes. Low calcium levels.
Partial thyroidectomy, 27 Feb 2009 Final thyroidectomy (L side) 2 Apr 2009
June 2007 Total Thyroidectomy - calcuim dropped and extended my stay for 2 more days. 12/1/09 Left neck disection - removal of my lymp nodes - I was under longer than planned and I was soo sick with nausea during my stay in the hospital that and numbness from top of my ear to the top of my shoulder.
6 surgeries in 2 years. Another one to follow in Jan.
Aug. 15, 2008. Total thyroidectomy with left neck dissection. Side effects: keloid scar (greatly improved with steroid shots and pressure bandages), range of motion problems, voice problems, diminished parathyroid function. I take calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
Had my first surgery in May 2010 to remove a non-cancerous mass (which was found by accident). However during my followup appointment was informed the pathology report came back positive and had to have another surgery
Left side lobectomy, 7/14/14--terribly sore throat and neck. Lost one parathyroid in surgery. Thyroidectomy completion, 8/18/14--low calcium, lost a second parathyroid. Headaches, stomach cramping.
Surgery date was election day....November 6th 2012. I spent three nights at UCLA Medical Center.
Total tyroidectomy 8-2011. Surgery went great. Spent one night in hospital and went shopping the day I left :)
February 28, 2014
11/08 Total Thyroidectomy and 25+ lymph node removal 6/09 Para-tracheal, bi-lateral and right neck dissection
Total Neck Thyroidectomy
Total thyroidecomy + right neck dissection. No side effects. October 2012. 24 nodes positive out of 37 removed. extrathyroidal and extranodal extension present.
Total Thyroidectomy February 18, 2011
Hemithyroidectomy on January 3, 2011 revealed papillary carcinoma. Capsular invasion was noted on the pathology report as well as extension into the adiopse tissue. Also noted was cancer extension into the "inked margins" of the specimen. During the surgery, they also removed a 1cm parathyroid follicular adenoma. Second surgery to remove the remaining lobe scheduled for March 25.
Total Thyroidectomy with some lymph removal, 12/27/10. Surgery was a breeze. Recovery was quick. NOw to get these meds straight.
Total thyroidectomy on 14th of June. Surgery went for almost 4 hours. Not any major side effects. Just some pain in throat and difficulty speaking and eating.
What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
2 surgeries to remove tumor and then intestine bypass
left neck lymph node removal in July of '09. This was for a biopsy to find the primary site.
The doctor wants to take my husbands stomach out, so right now he's been the alternative treatment.. He would like to try this for 6 months, before he has the surgery.
What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
After sugery I just had to keep the would clean. Very forgetful after surgery and was put on disablity after surgery.
In August, after diagnosis... I underwent the Gamma Knife surgery. The only time that freaked me out was when they were screwing the frame in & in walked someone with a handheld manual screwdriver. It was a little frustrating, and scary. Other than that, it went well. Some pain & dizziness afterwards..
There were 2 options per the Neurosurgeon. 1) Do a craniotomy and try to get most of it out 2) biopsy / shunt. Because my Father is 80 yrs old, he was a high risk. We as a family opt for #2 then proceed with chemo/rad.
I have a piece of my skull missing and I have nerve damage which effects my left arm and hand.
First removeal was on April 13, 2011 - he was told it did not look like cancer or anything that would ever grow back and to go home and relax! Second surgery August 15th tumor was the size of a golf ball. Surgeon had pathology results of cancer on August 25th 2011 but it was not told to him until his family dr finally got the pathology and called him in on October 6th 2011. Told him it was Stage III anaplastic glioma ... later find out that it is stage IV.
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
Surgery was May 5th. side effects were just normal for the healing process. Weakness, dizziness (tumor was sitting on the equilibrium), lots of headaches that I still get, sunburn on my chest, ears felt funny...
spinal fluid re-routed in brain
Needle biopsy of brain tumor. I chose to stay awake during the procedure.
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
tumor resection. 90% removal. side effects: alive.....
Oct 8th 2008 Reading Pa Sept 23rd 2009 Balt MD
Resection of tumor in left frontal lobe. DATE: 22 NOV 2005 SIDE EFFECTS: Short term memory loss, headaches, hightened hearing, sensitivity to light, lots of anger
Craniotomy June 7, 2013. Only partial resection and biopsy. Very little of the tumor was able to be removed. The side-effects from the surgery lasted for at least 4 weeks after the surgery. I think maybe even as long as 8 weeks. Lack of balance, sadness, facial tics, headaches, night-sweats, insomnia.
tremors in hands, arms and legs
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
January 10th, 1996. Staten Island University Hospital
Surgery performed on 3/2/07 - full tumor was removed and biopsied. It came back maligant, GBM WHO Stage 4, which is terminal within a few months.
Brain Surgery on August 22, 2010. Paralysis for 2 1/2 weeks afterward on left side of body. Minor memory problems. Fatigue. Lots of physical therapy to regain fine motor skills.
Mom had resection of tumor
Resection, June 2007, Minimal Side Effects Resection, June 2009, Loss use of Left eye lid
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
2 brain surgeries. mediport. spinal catheter. feeding tube. lung cath.
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
My tumor is inoperable since it's in the middle of my thalmus. There had trouble just getting the biopsy.
What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
kyphoplasty of L4 and L5, July 2010
What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
12/23/09, surgery went well, at home recovering.
March 4, 2012. Removed the main tumor in my colon, had a colostomy and they removed my ovaries which had tumors on them. I was in the hospital for 12 days. Obviously very sore trying to learn how to get mobile after they cut through my abdomen.
no surgery yet, but will have liver resection and colon resection sometime this year
5/10/2010: tumor removal at rectum, resection of ureter and new connection to kidney (cancer wrapped around ureter),full hysterectomy, temp ileostomy (9 hr surgery!) 1/2011 Ostomy reversal
AS of March, "14, colon surgery, removed 1/3 of colon and part of small intestine, also removed carcinoid tumor
I had lapascopic (?) resection on March 31, 2011. I was in the hospital for six days and did very well. VAery little pain after the first two days and had no problem with my system returning to some what normal
2006 Had colon Resection surgery complications 6 days after surgery had a second surgery came out with bag for stool which had problems with
3/7/08 - colon resection. We're talking some pretty serious pain & discomfort here...
March 2009 colon resection
just surgery for insertion of port, no side effects
Sepember 30 removal and resection of 14cm of colon and rectum. 5 of 20 lymph nodes were infected. Because of type 2 diabetes recovery was slow and developed an abscess from where the resection did not heal. A Cook drain was installed to drain the abscess. After 7 months the abscess has not fully closed and I await the doctor's decision to "glue" the abscess and resection. Because of the difficulty of the surgery I am using an Ileostomy. Because of the lack of healing I am no longer eligible for adjuvant chemotherapy.
Open surgery, removed lymph nodes, resected sigmoid, removed some of small intestine, removed gall bladder, resected liver
My first surgery was Friday the 13th in August of 2010, was a 9 hour surgery and my doctor really screwed me up other than he did get the tumor. He also cut my uterers. those are the tube that run from your Kidney to your bladder. Well now mine are cut...and I have a left and right nephrostomy. Thats how I urinate..it sucks .. I tell everyone to call me the bag lady. I have 2 nephrostomies and a colostomy! I also supposidly had my umbilical hernia fixed and a hysotrectomy. In November of 2011 I had my umbilical hernia really fixed...had a colostomy rivision and had my right nephorostomy installed for lack of a better word.I had the suregery in 2011 done in Dallas..had great doctores!
I had the tumor removed on Sept 7, 2010 and had Ileostomy surgery the same day
1 ft of my colon removed, emergency surgery.
Colectomy with 11 lymph nodes removed (3 were positive) - recovered well 1/2005 Winchester Medical Center, Winchester Va Hysteresctomy with Appendectomy- 10/2008 Recovered well. UVA Hospital What was supposed to be liver resection and gall bladder removal ended up as explotratory- 9/2009 Trouble healing (incision opened, took 4 months to heal,Very fatigued after and til now.) UVA Hospital Stomach Tube Insertion and 4th Mediport placement.- Radiology Department, Winchester Medical Center 1/2010 healing well. I have had alot of issues with previous port placements.
Anticipated mid Aug 2010. See surgeon July 26th for testing to determine results of chemo & radiation
7/11/07 1/3 colon removed and resected (no colostomy bag needed). Had 16 of 64 liver lymph nodes impacted. Had gallbladder and one cystic (non-cancerous ovary removed). Had hepatic pump implanted to deliver chemo directly to the liver when I wasn't getting systemic chemo.
surgery dec 14, 2008
Surgery sometime in April 2007, still completing initial chemotherapy
Port instered Dec. 28, 2010. Pain for about 3 days. I had no side effects. It went pretty smooth with no problems.
2/16/2011 - Removal of the appendix, ascending colon, and terminal ileum. Removal of omentum on right side, and 41 lymph nodes. 08/04/2011 - removal of gallbladder and discovery of more cancer 3/30/2011 - Port placement in right upper chest. 4/27/2011 - Surgery for necrotic ulcer and perirectal abscess 5/12/2011 - Removal of compromised port. Placement of new port in upper left chest. 5/26/2011 - Removal of infected port (L) and debridement of necrotic tissue surrounding. Port will not be replaced.
partial colon resection 7th Nov 2011. Pain and nausea post-op
In November 2008 I had the mass removed as well as my right colon and lymph nodes.
my 1st surgery was on the 4/22/08 of the colon. 12/15/08 was on lift lung, 3/2/09 was on my right lung.
What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
resection surgery - didnt work blood clot moved
Liver resection of 13.5cm tumor 3/18/10 (I know it was huge... whats the saying.. go big or go home... I believe 2 or 3 lobes total on left side of liver removed. Unfortunately there are more that couldnt be resected out of the right side, which sucks!! No side effects from surgery, speedy recovery, released on 5th day, back to work after the weekend.
Liver Resection of complete left lobe 10/22/2009
They took the gallblader, it did have a blockage and did a resection of 65% of the liver.
Sloan resected a 16cm tumor from the left lobe. Went back to work after 4 weeks Lots of numbness
Partial liver resection of encapsulated left lobe tumor. Walking by day 3 and home by day 5 but had a bitch of a time with scar tissue issues for 2 years.
March 2010--Liver resection right upper lobe apex (top)---Felt like a cinder block had been stapled into my abdomen---took me a week to walk with a walker---one week hospitalization--home with help from family & friends---
THE DID A COMPLETE RESECTION OF THE TUMOR, MADDY WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ALL THE WIRES BUT WITHIN A WEEK SHE WAS UP AND RUNNING
Removal of right lobe.
i will tell you
What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Cone biopsy in August. Radical Hysterectomy in October. They took everything but the ovaries. It was painful and I had to go home with a catheter for ten days. I was so overjoyed when they took out the catheter!!!
not an option
smit sleeve for brachytherapy (internal radiation); Port placement (power port); lymph node removal for biopsy in Aug 2014
Nov 3rd 2011 scheduled
I had a cone biopsy/removal in July, 2011.
I did 6 wks chemo and five weeks radiation. I had to do radiation every weekday for five weeks. I did chemo five times, it was every Monday for three hours. I would not do the port they put in your chest, I took and Iv in the arm. They gave me two bags saline solution, one bag steroid and one bag of the chemo drug cisplatin.
cold knife conization scheduled. radical hysterectomy to be done after they shrink the tumor, which appears to be 7 cm wide???
Colposcopy May 09 - two biopsies were taken, one was normal, one was moderate to severe. Cone biopsy of the cervix- Aug 14, 2009
So far just a port in to chest
laporoscopy to remove lymph nodes caused dead legs.....
Chemotherapy, Radiation, and internal radiation
Radical hysterectomy - May 15 2006day after Mother's Day, ironically), Ureteral stent placement-November 2008
26th November 2010, Hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries. Wind Pain and constipation biggest complication.
the most scariest feeling going under the knife. After surgery looking like i was pregnant from the blowding.
Radical hysterectomy, ureter was cut, subsequent interventional radiology to drain the urine, etc I've developed Rhumatoid Arthritis (8/2009- 10/2011) can't figure out if it was triggered by treatment?
5/14/2014 LEEP, D and C, ECC, Hysteroctomy
I had a radicl hysterectomy on October 28th. The gas pains were the worst part of all. My tummy was very bloated for about 2 weeks. I just tried to walk every day to the end of my street and back to get moving again. The pain from surgery was not bad itwas just he gas.
Sept 14, 2008, Hysterectomy lymph node removal, biopsies.
complete vaginal hysterectomy
Surgery was not an option for me. ureter stents
Vaginaplasty July 2008
Da Vinci Robotic radical hysterectomy with lymph node dissection 11/10/10. Had a complication (my colon was STUCK) to my uterus due to adhesions, and they had to cut my colon and repair it. Turned into a 7 hour surgery, and the result is that I cam home with a catheter and a small drain for 13 days
The only " surgery " I have had so far is an under anesthesia pelvic exam. It was done as standard practice to check for cancer in the bladder and rectum. Luckily nothing was found. I had a sleeve put in for internal radiation ( not a big deal at all )
What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Total laryngectomy, thyroid removal.
06/24/2004 Mucoepidermal carsanoma Infections
Biopsy- October 12, 2011- no side effects, was a breeze.
What Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
spleenectomy - 12/2008 had a hard time healing
Hickman Line 1-18th May 2012 Hickman Line 2-21 august 2012
CVL/port, successful allograft of radius, a few other minor surgeries here and there.
just hickman line
picc line hickman line
What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Neck Biopsy: 18 Jun 2010: none I/O: 15 Jul 2010: ?
radical orchiectomy; right side, pain for 3 days, soreness for 2 weeks
Husband had his surgery July 2005. My son had his surgery 7th Sept 2009. No side effects
July 23, 2014, right radical orchiectomy : pain & soreness
Inguinal orchiectomy, November 4, 2010
Orchiectomy - 11th Oct 2012
03 march 2002 i was put under and had my left testicle removed.i had a prosthesis put in its place.mentally i was a mess but physically i felt fine was allowed home after 1 day but had to return to the hospital for a whole 5 days after for various tests.
Inguinal Orchientomy Dec 2002: like having wisdom teeth removed, except it was one of my balls. Retropertinteal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) Jan 2003: Rough stuff. Digestive system took several months to get back to normal. Made worse by taking hydocodone (Vicodin) without adequate food. Eight years later I am in the best shape of my life.
First surgery was in 7/08 for orchiectomy,that wasnt to bad..my second was lymphadenectomy on 4/09 this one left me with a nice zipper like scar down my stomch.more to come...
11/12/2013 Inguinal Orchiectomy (removal of the right testis) 11/12/2013 Port put in upper left chest for Chemo treatment...
Orchiectomy, RPLLND June 08' Loss of Right Kidney, hospilized for most of June and July. Abdomon fulid build up, TPN, high heart rate (150 resting)
Orchiectomy on Feb. 3 2009, pain and swelling. Retroperitineal Lymph Node Disection still pending.
What GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
December 9th, 2008. Resection of tumor (8.5 cm) along with 31cm of small intestine. Nine days in the hospital to recover from surgery. Second diagnosis: February 4th of 2011. Pain in shoulder and abdomen. CT showed GIST had returned in my pelvic area and had metastasized on my liver and peritoneal wall. I have been on Gleevec ever since.
What Small Intestine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
removal of primary mid-gut with appendix removal and loss of ileocecal valve. 10/24/13. Recovered
What Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Vertioblasty to correct Fractured T-7 & T-8 following a BMB, 2007,Drug induced Osteoporosis. Debris what began has a 2 cm. burn on upper leg from 20 minutes on PC, that grew to more than 12 cm. Though 4 years later was still oozing blood & fluid. Also, another lump found in lymph nodes, Plastics went in, cleaned the wound, biopsied it & also removed & biopsied lump, Both were BENIGN! PRAISE GOD!!!!!
What Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Surgery to remove a tumor in neck. Second surgery in same place a week later due to my neck swelling.
PICC Line & Hickman Line placement.
My only surgeries other than the lymph node biopsy I had - were all for ports to be placed. I've had 3 total. One through my entire first treatment, and so far 2 for this time around. My first port was placed fine, except that I got a collapsed lung from where the surgeon cut my lung on accident. 2nd port just always gave us trouble, and kept getting stuck until one day it just quit working. Would flush, nothing. Had to be replaced. 3rd port - it works great but the Dr had such a hard time getting it in that a lot of blood went down around my lung causing me a lot of pain for about a month every time I took a breath. We actually had to stop treatment for a month until this went away.
port a cath x 2 bma (cant remember how often)
I received lumbar punctures (spinal taps) weekly for about 12 weeks. Headaches were common.
A few days after xray, I was admitted for a biopsy of the mediastinal tumour in my chest and a bonemarrow biopsy. 2 days later we met with my haematologist, Dr Du Toit, at Constantiberg Medi Clinic.
What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
6/9/2014 power port placement, 11/6/2014 port no longer works for blood draws,
2 biopsies on inguinal lymph node.
Polyp removed July 21, 2011 Lots of rectal pain and more pain from hard stools due to pain meds
colonoscopy with biopsy
July and October 2012. Many infections including VRE, C. difficile ,sepsis ((from candida) weight loss of 30 lbs, semi-vegetative state, hematuria, more surgeries to lysis infections, adhesions. Near death before transfer out of Yale Hospital and moved to Lenox Hill Hospital where my life was saved.
Removal of tumor on July 2, 2014. Mediport placed on August 20, 2014.
No surgery as cancer was Stage 1.
port 5/16/12 lung wedge resection, 10/9/12 8/20/14,cystoscopy, laparotomy, low anterior resection with partial vaginectomy omental flap, loop ileostomy. 12/3/14 Ileostomy reversal
Liver resection Jan 2012
colostomy, stint in kidney with drain
1 quadrant hemorrhoidectomy with removal of small tumor on 2/14/12. Called in by doctor for diagnosis on 2/15/12. Positive for cancer.
June 2007; Lower right lung wedge resection
no surgery recommended at this time
colostomy because I developed a fistula during radiation
No surgery at this time.
May 16th colonoscopy - May 17th Path report - Anal cancer - constipation, itchy burning "hemorrhoid type" symptoms then pressure on vaginal wall
Removal of tumor done by a surgeon incident to biopsy
Surgery Feb 2013.
removal of tumor 9/13/2010, originally told precancerous-3 biospies done, a week after surgery told cancer cells found
Port placement scheduled 10/4/10
10/5/2010 Intra-anal excision to remove tumor. Lot's of people talk about "minimal discomfort" from this surgery. I have to say that was not the case for me. I had lots of swelling, bleeding and pain - internal and external. In addition to internal tumor excision, I also had stitches in my rectum. After two weeks bowels movements just bearable - even with pain medicine every four hours.
June 2009, Portacath insertion, severe reaction to something, not sure what. Started Mitomycin and 5 FU 4 days later and the incision was red and swollen and very painful for at least 2 weeks.
On Oct. 17th I had a lesion removed from my anus and my doc and I were hoping it was CIS. He just called to say it is invasive and I need chemo and radiation. Don't know about a stage or grade yet, so, this is new territory for me. I am curious about clinical trials. And I wonder what the prognosis is if I get no treatment....
I have not had surgery but am investigating the possibility of a liver rescetion.
What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Sept 2011-Laser Jan 3, 2012
What Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
VATS (Visual assisted thoracic surgery) Cancer was discovered, recovery was harder than I expected, more painful emotionally than physically. March 2010
What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Total knee and partial femur replacement
2001 resection of vertebre involved and rods inserted
July 17, 2008 was my surgery. By that time my tumor had shrunk to the size of a softball. My surgery was 15hrs I recieved 14 pints of blood. I had a donor pelvic bone put in and a total hip replacement. I have alot of pain and a limp to go with it but I still have my leg. For now.
What Hypopharynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
My lymph node was removed on October 29th, 1213.
What Eye and Orbit Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Mid July ?
Biopsy - stitches irritated my eye. Radiotherapy plaque insertion and removal - same as above!
First sugery Aug 08 removal of tumor, second surgery Jan 10 patch placed over incision of first surgery due to leakage of incision
Radioactive plaque sewn onto eyeball and left to work for a few days. Removed and allowed home. Less than a week total treatment 09/09 Depth perception lost during recovery, not so bad now. Need glasses but otherwise eyesight good, bit of a delay in focussing, bit disorientating but getting used to it.
Plaque therapy for 5 days. Feb 16-22nd, 2009. Loss of vision, detached retina.
What Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
May 30th, 2011. Ron underwent a 20 hour surgery with 6 surgeons. Incredible really, they did what others said could not be done. He had a Cranial Facial resection, including a free flap on the eye, Neck Dissection, removal of the eye and orbit and small portions of bone. They also removed a very minute amount of tissue from the left lobe of his brain. Skin graft to the arm and leg...
Outpatient removal of 2 cm flat lesion from nasopharnyx.
What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
split mandibular resection with a radial forearm flap
April 19, 2012 surgery was performed to remove the cancer because the MRI results showed the cancer millimeters from spreading to my brain. An incision was made from the bridge of my nose and down the side curving underneath my nosteral. Once opened the doctor scraped the cancer that was heading toward my eye and believes he removed all of the cancer. SIDE AFFECTS: My face is still slightly numb and as the numbness wears off it feels like someone keeps banging my nose painfully making my eyes water. My nose is still discharging blood and mucus that feels like a rock once removed.
90% of nose removed 3/19/12, bilateral neck dissection 8/20/12
june 2003 radical neck surgery to remove bump on left side of neck
What Ureter Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
February 27, 2007 Hysterectomy, salpingo-ophorectomy, cervix and six lymph nodes. September 25,2008 Removal of three tumors in the abdomen. Two attached to sigmoid colon resulting in a colostomy. One attached to abdomen wall and the omentum.
What Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Omendectomy to remove some larger tumors that were attached to it worst operation to date, 6 weeks to recover, stomach shape is crazy!
What Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Appendectomy 10/31/09 Right hemicolectomy 11/29/09
appendectomy 12/27/07 right hemicolectomy 2/08/08 lymph node removal 2/08/08
First surgery was 7/2/2012, a right-hemicolectomy where they removed part of my small intestines and appendix. I had 10 tumors in my small intestines and my appendix was completely tumor. 11 of 13 lymph nodes were also positive for cancer. I had "multiple" liver tumors ranging in size from a few mm to 4 cm. I had liver cytoreduction sugery Feb. 21, 2013. While we new this was not curative, it could give me extra time as Carcinoid/NET cancer is usually slow-growing. The surgeon removed about 7 tumors but I still have "multiple" lesions ranging from a few mm to 1.2 cm. I have been stable since surgery with no growth and no new visible tumors.
lumpectomy94 mastectomy 94 (C-section I was pregnant when diagnosed. reconstruction Dec94 (flap) hysterectomy 2007 Oh Nov 94 skin cancer cells removed from face pain swelling emotional rollercoaster
What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Cancer was at the esophageal-gastric junction and brought on by Barrett's Esophagus. Had 2/3 to 3/4 of the esophagus removed as well as the upper portion of the stomach, then had the remainder of the stomach pulled up into the chest and reattached to the remaining portion of the esophagus.
Removal of esophagus and part of stomach.....12/03/2013
To start chemo and radiation Monday. 12/25/07
esophagectomy, June06. Removed esophagus and half of stomach leaving me with a stomaphagus.Lost 50 pounds. Permanent (so far) damage to pancreas.
Had chemo and radiation to shrink the esophageal tumor. It was very large. Had an esophagectomy and stomach pull-up 10-07. Had 4 craniotomies with tumor exicision of the brain. But, I am still here.
Transhiatal esophagectomy with gastric pull-up, May 2008. Complications included bilateral lung collapse and paralyzed recurrent laryngeal nerve and loss of voice which required a procedure to help temporarily. He regained use of the vocal cord. Underwent paratracheal mass resection in August 2009.
Endoscopy on November 26th. Nausea from anesthesia. Sore throat from procedure. Sofe diet for 5 days.
9/23/11 took out esophgus and strech stomach to top of throat
Esophagus Removal 2003.... Neck tumor removed with some neck mussels removed ...
hopefull surgery will be sometime in april
gastroesophagectomy removal of 60% of esophagus and 30% of stomach
No surgery yet. Undergoing radiation and chemo at this time, then 'possible' surgery at a later time if the tuma is shrunk.
What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
4/10/12 Removed Left Tonsil
robotic tonsillectomy 11/23/10 with a modified radical neck followed immediately by a nerve transplant from greater auricular to facial.
Tumor removal Radical neck dissection Radical tonsilectomy
Removed remaining tonsil with cancer cells, a spot on my tongue, lymph nodes and one saliva gland - December 15, 2010. I could nto get my mouth open far so they had to cut through jaw & neck. Chin, tongue, rt side inside my mouth and some teeth are still sensitive on June 6, 2011. Mouth and tongue are still sensitive on June 4, 2012!!
For details see my posting.
Tonsils removed 6/4/09. Didn't expect cancer.
Rt. Tonsillectomy and Rt. neck dissection done on 8-10-09
Tonsillectomy and biopsies 5/10/12
June 4, 2010 tonsillectomy; July 2010: needle biopsy of soft palate, insertion of PEG tube; February 2011 biopsy of Right tonsil area that had not healed (30 sessions of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy were completed which promoted healing of this radiation damage); May 16, 2011 PEG tube removed
Robotic tonsil and tumer removal and Neck disection to remove lymph nodes
Tonsilectomey excistion around tonsils
standard tonsillectomy, went excellent I was abble to eat almost everything at day 3
Tonsillectomy April 2012 PEG tube fitted April 2012
DaVinci Robot Surgery 01/10/2012 - Removed both tonsils, tumor and left lymph nodes in neck . Tumor positive for HPV 16 - Lymph Nodes negative for cancer. Additional Surgery 02/13/2012 - Removal of Lymph Nodes in Right Side of Neck - Negative for Cancer
Biopsy showed cancer right soft palate. Radical Neck Dissection 06/07/2010. Extreme pain. 2 of the 32 Lymphnodes show cancer and 1 lympnode show cancer broke out of the lymphnode. Biopsy of the sternum 01/2011.
3 Biopsies w/ Triscope- Feb 10th, 2012. G-Tube placed- March 3rd, 2012, 12 Teeth extracted. Only side effects were pain and some nausea.
Radical Neck Dissection, April 7,2010, Tightness of the jaw, constant pulling sensation, crooked smile, occasional head aches.
2/20/12 Tonsillectomy confirmed SCC, primary tumor 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.6cm. Surgeon is comfortable with margin taken and is convinced he got the entirety of the primary. Already met with Oncology dentist. My teeth are fine and nothing has to go.
Removed tonsils and Lymph nodes
Laser removal of tumor ON 02/20/2009. No scars! Week long hospital stay with 4 nights in ICU. did not need any pain meds. The hardest part was the breathing tube.
radical neck dissection and skin graft
Removal of one lymph node in upper neck for biopsy, 9-8-11. Then tonsillectomy, modified neck dissection (one side) and parotidectomy (one side).
What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
VATS procedure 7-09
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
6/24/09 ROBOTIC HYSTORECTOMY not too bad..pain pills take away pain i was up and walking in 24 hours ..was told 4 days after bladder was nicked and that was more of a problem than anything else..HEALED IN 28 DAYS bowels were working in 4 days...some gas and discomfort before a movement but livable EXACTLY 5 WEEKS LATER I FELT PERFECT...
Hysterectomy is not an option Emergency surgery bowel obstruction - colostomy 02.05.2011 Ureterstent 02.21.2011
colostomy April 2nd. ureter stents, bladder catheter since May 2011 total pelvic exenteration Nov.2011
Diagnosed last week in August 2007 stage 1, total hysterechtomy by incision 2 weeks later and already stage 3. Side effects from surgery were nothing to speak of, hard time getting in and out of bed due to height of my bed, but pain was minimal.
Complete laproscopic hysterectomy on 3/15/11. No noticable side effects yet.
Mastectomy in Aug.'08 because dcis was in 2 places. Lumpectomy not an option and besides, I didn't have to have chemo or any other after treatment. Endometrial cancer caused complete hysterectomy in August '09. I am just now finished with 6 months of chemo and 28 radiation treatments. Both were hell. Chemo put me in the hospital the first two treatments. Dehydration, near kidney failure, hallucinations, dysentery,metal mouth made me not want to eat or drink. If I can say it again : Hydrate all day every day!
May 17, 2011. Davinici robotic complete hysterectomy (ovaries, tubes, cervix, uterus). I recovered very quickly from surgery and had very little pain. Was in the hospital only 1 day and returned to most normal activity (except bending & lifting) in 2 weeks.
Egg Retrieval [fought for reproductive rights before surgery] on April 20th, 2014. 11 eggs were retrieved, 10 were mature, 4 were fertilized, only 1 made it to blastocyst stage to be frozen, my fiance and I fondly refer to it as "icicle", and we're hoping it will grow into a baby next summer. I had mostly bloating from that surgery, but the medicine I was one to STIM [Lupron, Brevelle, and Menopur] gave me bad migraines. Da Vinci [Robot-Assisted] Laproscopic Hystrectomy and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy on April 20th, 2014. Not too many side-effects- itching/burning around the incisions on my abdomen, gas pain- mostly in my abdomen, abdomen pain- but it feels mostly like I went to the gym and did way too many sit-ups, so it's unpleasant but not unbearable. I have bloating, which is irksome, but that's mostly "swelly belly" from the gas and incisions.
Dec. 17, 2008 - complete hysterectomy (post-menopause) ~because mom is diabetic, her incision took 6 months to heal before starting radiation. July 27, 2009 - mom went into surgery to have metal rods placed in arm and leg.
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
Hysterectomy with bso June 25, 2010. Laproscopic surgery. Lymph node dissection. Surgeon said he thought they caught it early, as in most cases. Pathology came back July 6. Stage IIIC2 with positive nodes in pelvis & periaoritic. Seriously? Yes :(
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
I will receive Hysterectomy after Chemo is complete
May 17, 2011--Radical Hysterectomy(DaVinci)surprise abdominal hernia repair Recovered well from both. I developed a seroma behind my largest incision Memorial Day weekend and leaked like a faucet for 5 days. Sent from urgent care to ER. No infection, just an annoyance.
January 29, 2014; few side effects
Hysterectomy was not possible. June 2010 bowel obstruction - colostomy
attempted hyster in oct-- endometriosis too involved too risky tocomplete -- closed and hoped other options would work
Surgery planned for August 12, 2009
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
Robotic only 5 small holes. Removed uterus, ovaries, tubes, cervix, 5 funky looking lymph nodes (1 had small amount of cancer), upper part of vagina. Done May 2011
TAH/BSO Dec. 2010
I had surgery in May 2007 and have been cancer-free for 3 1/2 years. Then all of a sudden I had some very slight spotting again, so I went to my doctor who did a biopsy on a nodule he found in a gyn exam. It turned out to be cancerous, so I will have an operation on January 4th to remove the quarter-sized tumor. I think radiationn treatment will follow. I will know soon enough, but I am very apprehensive about the results of the operation. I did not think I would have a recurrence of the cancer after 3 1/2 years, but now I am worried because I did not reach that "5-year cured benchmark." My father had melanoma and died at about the five year point.
Hysterectomy, lymph node removal
What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Shoulder Replacement Right Lung Wedge Resection
first surgery in 2008...removed lime sized tumor from sinus...destroyed sinus bone structure..inserted prophylactic..second surger y 2009...removed tumors...third surgery 2011...removed tumors, facial reconsctruction
Surgery to remove tumor on 10/17/14
Still to be determined.
Had surgery to remove the tumor from his calf on September 8, 2010. Surgery was successful with clean margins, but given the grade of his tumor, the doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) felt it was imperative to enroll him in the Children's Oncology Group clinical trial, which gave a specific protocol treatment.
Bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the tumor in my chest
I am inoperable due to the 30 pound tumor is on my spine connects to my ribs and is 3 inches from my left lung. it would be too risky so i have currently been on 10 different chemotherapy drugs in the past 4 years so far no luck. hopefully soon there will be. it is an advanced sarcoma, but im keeping in the fight. this is the 2nd time if id cancer. at 18 i had a full colectomy on 9/13/05, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I was given a temporary illeostomy until my small intestine was long enough to reach my rectum and a J-Pouch was able to be formed. The surgery for me lasted 9 hours. I was given anastesia. Originally, it was supposed to be a laporascopic surgery but the doctor was unable to perform the surgery in that matter. An incision was made right under my breast bone all the way down to right above my vaginal area. When the incision was stapled I had a total of 56 staples. After surgery, it was very hard to sit up and get out of bed. I spent a total of 8 days in the hospital and was given plenty of pain medication. The doctors and nurses were excellent and really did the best they could to help me recover and keep me as comfortable as possible. I was not used to having an illeostomy bag with a stoma, but as the time went by I adjusted and knew it was not going to be permanent. Most of all, I knew it saved my life. My colon had over 600 polyps on it by the time I was 18, ranging from tiny to big and they were indeed cancerous. I waited four years to have surgery due to the colon not being fully grown when I was 14. After the colon was removed, I did not undergo chemotherapy because my doctor felt all the cancer was gone. Tests were done and it was confirmed, I was cancer free!
June 2012: Full tumor resection with clear, negative margins from the right parapharynx
May 2010 - Initial surgery; Aug 2010 - re-resectional surgery Aug 2010 - Limb sparing surgery or limb-salvage surgery.
August 26, 2010 - Reinforcement rod placed in left femur
January 2008 - Major reconstructive spinal surgery on L3 with removal of lower left rib and 2 rods screwed along spine; November 2011 - Partial tumor removal and nail and Rod inserted on left femur. December 2011 - partial resection of tumor from L4
Resection by a certified Orthopedic Oncologist, Dr. Earl W. Brien. Amazing doctor and friend!
Removed the tumor in October 2010. Removed everything they could see or touch. He has been NED ever since.
On December 30 1999 the surgeon took out a large tumor from Nicole's left forearm and after a biopsy diagnosed her with Rhabdomayosarcoma, a rare, juvenile cancer that strikes one in a million children, mostly boys under 10.
Limb sparing surgery Feb 2010. The tumour was cut out of my thigh with clear margins. I didnt need an amputation.
October 4, 1974 was when my world changed forever. I was 16 years old and had radical neck surgery, removal of half the lower jaw - the odds of survival were razor thin...
December 16, 2011 ... I had day surgery to have my lump removed, the surgery went well, other than some internal bleeding in the area that ended up being fine. I healed well.
Spinal Tumor removed in Fall of 2009. Two surgeries at the Mayo Clinic
I had my surgery February 7, 2011 and I didn't have any side effects from it. They tried to take the tumor out laparoscopically but the size of the tumor didn't allow for that and they have to give me a bikini cut
Nov 26, 2014 an exploratory surgery was completed in an attempt to resect the 4.1 cm tumor that was encasing into my small bowel. Once inside, Dr.'s then realized the tumor was surrounded by important arteries in the mesentery area, thus the tumor could not be resected more than 20 %.
Unable to be removed as of now. Incureable
TAH/BSO, also removed free floating blob of cancer circling my uterus, cancer spots on colon and bladder. Side effects of surgery and post op meds was major constipation and fatigue.
Unable to have any surgery due to where tumor is locates and the size - not able to get clear margins unless they chopped off my whole left leg and up above my hip, which they did not do. I did have minor surgery in Jan 2009 to insert Port a Cath, nag again in Dec 2009 to remove the Port.
2 surgeries . Last one - took out my scapula and now have limited range of motion with my arm .
Surgery in 2008 to remove tumor and removal of my spleen and some pancreas, surgery in 2011 to remove tumor, awaiting decision by surgeon to see if surgery is an option this time Feb 2015.
What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
parotidectomy, July 2012. Half of face initially numb and swollen. Ear bright red and hugely swollen. Face feels like after dental work with Novocaine -- numb and useless. Jaw muscles tight and inflexible. Pain in chewing (First Bite Syndrome). Eye blurry -- possibly due to face tugging down. Swollen neck and face with no sensation. Skin feels like sandpaper. Tinnitus bad after initial difficulty hearing at all. Throat burned and taste affected. Exhausted. Exhausted. Digestive problems -- possibly from antibiotics post-op.
What Mouth Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Glossectomy and Modified Radical Neck Dissection on 30/10/12
What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Feb 2009, Feb 2010 and future July, 2010
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
May 6,2010 Mohs surgery to remove large Basal Cell Cancer from top of nose. Closure done by another doctor (ENT) under general anesthesia...bilobed flaps. Cheek tissue pulled up to perform closure.
What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Scar tissue from radiation.
2003 - Transoral Laser Micro-Surgery - minimal side effects 2006 - Photodynamic Therapy (tumor ablation) - extremely painful as necrotic tissue subsequently epelled from throat 2008 - Open neck ressection - swallowing/speaking issues 2009 - Open neck ressection - continued swallowing/speaking issues
2/3 of right lung removed
Surgery: Friday February 8th 2008 Scar from below right ear to below my chin. Also removal of my right tonsil. My cheek felt numb for several weeks like when you come back from the dentist after getting novacaine. Now sensation is coming back. It feels a bit tight, but the least of my worries :) Official status is TX, N2b, MO. Meaning unknown primary, several lymph nodes, surgeon removed all visible cancer.
I had to have an Embolisation first, which unfortunately took alot longer than what they thought, as the tumor was so big and had a major blood supply going to it. My operation was held on my 30th birthday, so unfortunately it will be a birthday I will always remember for the wrong reasons. My operation took 12 hours, and I was kept asleep for a further 12. When I woke up, I was told that they had to leave part of the tumor in due to side effects it may cause if taken out. I was and still am unable to swallow so at first I had a feeding tube running down through my nose, then after a week I had a peg fitted. I have been told that there is a possibility I may never swallow again, and I am finding this so hard to come to terms with.
Removed all teeth because of location of cancer any infection of a tooth for the rest of his life would not heal & cause loss of jaw bone.
Feb 7, 2010 Tonsillectomy
Radical removal of tissue in my neck, head, and chest including the removal of part of my tongue. Other than 24/7 pain in my left trapezoid muscle and a reduction in the mobility of my left arm I've had no other long term problems with side effects from the surgery.
Tonsilectomy,, Oct. 13, 2011 Lost 15 plus lbs, hard to eat, swallow and very hard to get fluids down... As you get older a very tough time.
June 9, 2009 I had to have my voice box,vocal cords and 1/2 of my thyroid removed ... leaving me as a "total Laryngectomy".
What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Lucky, just tonsils and lymph node removed - no problems.
13 Nov 2012, extremely sore throat for one month, lost taste temporarily, raspy voice.
Tumor on left side of my tongue towards the back was finally removed March,15,2010.. I was set for treatment when the Dr's found another tumor in my neck. I was sent to the Big Dogs in Boston,Ma and they decided that was also another tumor on the left side of the tongue as well as a tumor in the neck attached to the caroited artery. So on June 18th,2010 I had surgery to removed the tumor in my neck, the second tumor on my tongue and also had a radical neck disection.
Cyst removal on 7/2/12, PET scan on 7/16/12. Tonsillectomy on 7/24/12 because ENT thought that was the site of the primary, biopsy of throat, nasal passage, and base of tongue. Base of tongue on left side shows positive.
Laryngectomy to remove 5 lymph nodes on right side of her neck. A tracheodomy since she had difficulty breathing from the tumor that was growing in her neck. Plus a feeding tube
Surgery to remove cancer on March 10, 2011
What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
complete removal of nose
What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
In October of 2006 I was diagnosed with Tongue Cancer had a partial tongue removal and radiation to my face and neck. Was cancer free for 5 years. In March of 2013 I was diagnosed with my second cancer Jaw Cancer. On April 25, 2013 I had a 15 hour surgery were they removed the fibula bone from my leg and replace my jaw with it. They also did a skin graft from the same leg and did the inside of my check. Also they removed my lymph nodes. I am now doing Hyper Baric Chamber treatments so that I can have surgery to have all my teeth out due to the radiation I had in 2007.
What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
6/7/2012 Had needle biopsy done on R supraclavicular node 6/15/2012 Dr informed me I had Cancer~ Hodgkin's lymphoma 6/21/2012 Had R supraclavicular node removed & sent to Mayo clinic.
Biopsy of smaller lump in my neck.
Lymph node removal, port in and port out - typical outpatient surgery effects
I have had five different surgery's, for four different cancer issues. Complete exploratory, splenectomy,(little side effects). Five inches of rib was taken right above left breast. Hysterectomy - very slow recovery because of infection. Brain surgery because of ruptured tumor. Honestly the worse thing yet. I as well had both parathyroids and Thyroid glands removed with five accompanied tumors that were attached to them. Sheesh...when u write it all out like that, it makes me wonder why in the heck I am still here? I am still suffering side effects. We cannot get the meds. leveled out. I have been known to get up, sit down for a bite of breakfast and wake up three hours later with toast still in my mouth and hand. Very sleepy! But alive!!!
first byopsy to test and see what it might be and then a second to remove as much as possible.
3 bone marrow biopsies lumpectomy of left side of neck failed insertion of chest port (too much swelling underneath) successful insertion of arm port chest catheter insertion, removal
amount of air i could take in and cardio
Oct. 18, 2010- medi-port
CT Biopsy (March 2008) inconclusive, Biopsy of the sacrum (April 2008), Port inserted (June 2008), Port extracted (July 2010).
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
Lymph node removed on April 3, 2012 Port a cath put in on April 10, 2012 Bone marrow biopsy on April 20, 2012
Excisional Biospy December 2008 - Anesthetics had me singing Billy Bragg and Chelsea football support songs in pre-op. Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy February 2009 - Bruising on my neck, weird dull pain. Excisional Biopsy March 2009 - At this point the swelling was so bad that my trachea had deviated several inches making it difficult to breathe, it was excellent to have that relieved. Bone Marrow Biopsy April 1 2009 - day before my 21st birthday, I laughed because some one had to stare at my butt. Port implant April 1 2009 - felt weird, guy did a terrible job in not sterile environment, became infected 3 weeks later, had to have it removed, that was the worst part so far. PICC line placed April 24 2009 - Lidocaine didn't numb the tissue just the muscle in my arm, scalpels hurt as much as you would imagine. New Port Placed June 2009 - beautiful job done by surgeon, no complaints. Healed quickly.
On April 26, 2013 the lump on the right side of my neck was removed via almost 4 inch incision. From the time I was wheeled into my post-op recovery room (it was out-patient surgery) until the stictches were removed on may i did not experience any pain whatsoever.
12/24/2013 - Core needle biopsy 1/2/2014 - Port placement
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
Had chest x-ray July 10, CT scan July 17th PET scan July 24th. Lymphnode biopsy set for tomorrow August 12th. Port put in August 23rd.
bronchotomy in June 2010: tenderness near incision and scar.
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
Tracheotomy was done as my Trachea was nearly closed by the pressure of tumor.Central Vena Cava vein is still closed
Okay. The only surgeries I had was for the Biopsy of my cancer Tumor and for my chemo port. :D yes chemo port. Lovely little thing...
I am doing a test drug in the process of right now with a combination of ice I am the fourth person in the world to do it so far two out of the three people have been successful if me and the other two people left our successful this will open up a whole new world of hope for lymphoma patients
No surgery, just chest biopsy of my mediastinum.
Just the initial biopsy and to put in a central line
What Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Got the port thing in and my arm stiffened up ALOT back stiffened up ALOT night sweats nightmares sadness. Also LP's which are hard because I got a shit back.
Planning on stem cell transplant
March 2010 - after my first round of chemo I had to have my gallblader removed - had to wait for my blood counts to recover first.
What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Dec 7, 2011. Surgery to implant titanium chemo pump that delivers chemo directly to the liver. NO Side Effects!
Whipple Procedure scheduled for March 16, 2012
Surgery is to remove bile duct, 70% of the liver and some lymph nodes in the surrounding area. Small intestine is to also be use to reconstruct bile duct. Surgery on May 8, 2012
What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
lost both hips due to medications
What Neuroblastoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Removed kidney and tumor February 1998
What Appendecial Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
12/2 - Debulking surgery and original diagnosis - hysterectomy, appendectomy, right hemicolectomy 04/23 - Debulking and HIPEC surgery (removal of spleen, remainder of the omentum, tumors on diapragm and a couple of dozen other tumors that grew from 12/2 to the time of surgery.
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