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Breast Cancer Surgeries

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.



1/24/07 - Lump was removed and biospied 2/13/07 - Lumpectomy with axillary disection
11/22/2010 - bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders. 4/21/2011 - swap out surgery for implants 9/29/2011 - revision surgery to left side
I had a biopsy done on Sept. 26, 2006 and a lumpectomy on Oct. 3, 2006. Waiting to have mastectomy and reconstruction.
Lumpectomy with clear margins, 15 lymph nodes removed with 9 showing cancer cells. CT Scans done and showed NO signs of spreading.
Left mastectomy - January 19, 2005
Unilateral Mastectomy; No side effects
After surgery was set for mastectomy of left breast, MRI revealed small mass in right breast. Double mastectomy was done 3-09. Final biopsy revealed 2 masses in right breast and 2.9cm in left.
Actually my surgery went really well. I didn't have much pain and went home the next day. Some lymphadema.
Double breast surgery June 19, 2007 with 34 lymph nodes removed. 31 were positive.
I had a total radical mastectomy with 3 lymph and reconstruction with saline and expander that didn,t take and was removed, body rejected it and it hardned, now use prothesis, surgery was December 17, 1993.
Bilateral Mastectomy 2-8-06
Partical mastectomy and axillary clearance 12 March 2010, Followed by a Full mastectomy 24 March 2010 Awaiting a third surgery as clear margins were not obtained plan; to have further tissued removed at the same time as reconstruction
DIEP flap.
12/12 Mastectomy, with 29 cancerous lymphs removed Reconstructive surgery immediately following (TRAM flap)
7/10/08--Lumpectomy, 1 sentinel node, and 2 other nodes removed. Nodes were free of cancer.
Lumpectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy scheduled for December 9th
I had a biospy first & it turned out positive of cancer. I then had another surgery, to check the lymph nodes, thank God, they were neg., after that one I got staff infection & boy it was worst pain than the surgery itself. I was on 1000 mg of infection for almost 2 wks. Well, after I found out I had cancer, I was in shock for around a mon. or so, so were my parents, we could not look at each other without crying. It felt like I had been given a death sentence. You know, when you hear the big "C" word, everyone thinks, the big "D" word & I'm here to tell you, it's not always true. Then one day I was talking to a friend & she told me, Denise, you have to take hold of this thing & show it your not a quiter. That your gonna fight this with all you got, cause if you don't, it'll take you over & it will win. Well, needless to say, something just clicked & I woke up & from then on I fought this thing & 3 years later, here I am.
Had bi-lateral mastectomy. Pretty tough surgery. Had 4 drainage tubes for a week. Most uncomfortable other than surgery site: Had to sleep on my back at a 45 degree angle and I always slept on one of my sides. This lasted about 3 weeks.
Jan 2007,Day surgery
Total bilateral mastectomy in March 2008. 9/9 lymph nodes positive. Followed by aggressive chemo once every 2 weeks for 8 sessions, then once a day radiation for 6 weeks.
November 14, 2007 I had a lumpectomy, sentinel lymph node removal to see if the cancer spread, thank god, no. For about two weeks after surgery, had difficulty in moving my right arm and fortunately experienced light pain.
Modified radical mastectomy, left breast August 2, 2007 with ten nodes removed only one positive.
Mastectomy with reconstruction 10 years ago when I had breast cancer the first time.
double mastectomy on September 13, 2013
Excisional biopsy of left breast 11/23/10 (1.1cm tumor) Re-excision to get clear margins and do sentinel node biopsy 12/21/10

Prostate Cancer Surgeries

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

Lung Cancer Surgeries

What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Removed Kidney, 1990, Tumor regrew by 2000, Cancer Matastized to Lungs, Kidney removal 2000, Lung Hot spot removed 2006. Exercise counteracted side effects.
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
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.
Mediastinoscopy/bronchoscopy 4/5--No side effects
She havent had any surgery yet,.
Surgery for fracture of femur
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
No surgery is available in my Father's case.
Thorax Pain
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
Surgery to fill in the whole in my hip that the cancer chewed. May 2006 Radiation, chemo 2006 Tarceva daily & Zemato monthly Hip replacement(avascular nerosis to my hip)June 2007
9 yrs ago-ipsilateral thyroidectomy, radical neck dissection, 2 thyroplasties. Jun-08-pnuemonectomy w/ part of my pericardium and diaphram removed. OUCH!!!!!!
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.
june 2014 ..none
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.
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
lymph node removel
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
lower left lung lobe removed, 9/12/14, still in lots of pain 3 1/2 months later
Remove her right lung
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
not a candidate for surgery because of location
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.

Bladder Cancer Surgeries

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

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

July 12, 2013 Lymph node removed and biopsied.
Hernia Surgery
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.
Medi-port placement, Oct 13 2009. Still healing. Nicely, I suppose. I keep eying it suspiciously because I can't get even earrings put in and this thing is a lot bigger than earrings.
Port in right arm 08/2008 it got infected and developed a clot and was removed. Port in chest 10/2008
Excisional Biopsy on January 18th, results came back as no evidence of lymphoma. Still felt sick, had another biopsy on February 18th and then got diagnosed with lymphoma.
Port placement May 2011 Bone marrow Biopsy May 2011 Neck bx 3/17/15
biopsy and insertion of the port-a-cath.....port-o-cath..haha
None yet, not operable.
lymph node biopsy to my neck 25th May 2010. Apart from some discomfort, nothing. Sub-Pectoral lymph node biopsy and axillary nodes 6th September 2010.much more painfull as the other lump was in an awkward position.
Bard* PowerPort* Implant
removal of lymph node for dx
Had a colon infection and had a colostomy bag for about 3 months.. Then got it reversed
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.
March 2014-Fine needle bioposy. Upcoming: May 15, 2014 Bone Marrow Biopsy. May 29,2014 Full excision of lymph node in my neck.
Kidney Transplant, 3/17/2004 Tonsilectomy Stomach Lymph Node Removal
tumor biopsy, pleural effusion: liquid drained from lung, pump put on my heart to drain fluid
My two legs and recently my left arm have been cut
Port implantation surgery.
Biopsy of the Lymph node in my throat and also a biopsy on the base of my tongue. Both of which turned out to be Lymphoma. Also had a Bone Marrow Biopsy and I currently do not have the results from that.
perotid gland removed (May, 2007), relapse (April, 2011) lump removed from eye area
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
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
Biopsy, port #1, port #1 removal, port #2
None that where too bad. A tonsillectomy to serve as a biopsy.

Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Surgeries

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.

Kidney Cancer Surgeries

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

3/25/14
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!
December 1, 2008, Right Nephrectomy through an open midline incision 15.5 inch zipper through my middle :)
no surgery
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.
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.
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
Left LRN 4/20/10
right nephrectomy--hand assisted laparoscopic 4/4/11. Recovery was fine.
November 10,2010. Had the options of 1) Thermal/cryo ablation (probes that heat/freeze the mass) 2) Laproscopic Partial Nephrectomy 3) Robotic (Davinci) Partial Nephrectomy 4) open partial or full nephrectomy. I chose the Davinci and was very happy with the results.
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
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
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.
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
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
Left nephrectomy
Partial right nephrectomy 6/14/13
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.
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11
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
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).
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.

Pancreas Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
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
Whipple, October 2008
surgery not an option
exploratory surgery
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
9/6/13 total tumor removal with clean margins, 7 of 21 tested lymph nodes positive
had an ERCP and had a stint put in my bile duct, since mass was pushing on it the duct and caused liver problems. became johndis until stint was put in and took a few weeks to get better before chemo could start.
Whipple May 13, 2014
Whipple performed immediatly following diagnosis. Weight loss, depression, pain, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting,overall weakness
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
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.
LAPROSCOPIC DISTAL
Inoperable
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
Bile duct stent placed in December, and reconstructed twice in April. Amniocentisis, April. Lots of pain in near the lungs. Bone marrow drawn, nothing was found, praise the Lord!
Whipple Surgery he did remarkably well only pain from scar areas.
4/27/2011
August 2004 tumor removed from pancreas and took part of pancreas with it and removed the spleen. My father was told that he would not have to have chemo and that he would live a normal life that they got all the cancer and that was it. We should have made him get a second opinion you see the cancer that he was diagnosed with is very rare about 1 in 25 million people. the doctors didn't know enough about it. well two years later he started having the same symtoms as before very low blood sugars (he is not diabetic) so when he went back to the doctors they discovered that he had several very large tumors on and in his liver. We took him to MAYO's where he had a seven hour long surgery and had several complications, PE, and phrenic artery bleed. We know now that this cancer can not be cured or treated with chemo and that the tumors will be comming back. We just got back from Mayo's this last week and they found 2 more new spots on his CT. We go back in Jan. He is not ready for another surgery it has only been 7mos since the last one. I would love to hear from any one who knows anything about this cancer.
Whipple, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
whipple 4/27/2011
had the whipples operation in feb 2009 u go into having that operation knowing that u might not wake up it is like cutting u in half and ripping half ur insides out they took most of the pancrease out part of my stomach part of my bowel and my gall blader the fist 12 hours after that finds out if u are going to survive or not my blood pressure droped that much they couldnt even find it i have never gone through so much pain but the end result was worth it
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.
Non operable

Oral Cancer Surgeries

What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Partial Maxillectomy
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.
Inoperable
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
No surgery
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.

Ovarian Cancer Surgeries

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Laparotomy to remove 5-lb tumor; laparoscopic staging surgery 6 weeks later (removed lymph nodes, appendix, omentum and other tissues)
January 24th 2014 I had debulking which consisted of the above plus removing 1/3 of my diaphragm, 1/3 of my colon and part of my liver. On Feb 1 my bowel section failed and I was given a colostomy.
In 2003 I had a partial hysterectomy. I had two tumors one a football size and another a basketball size in my ovaries. When they removed them I lost about 60lbs. My wound did not close right so I had 3 hernia surgeries after that. I have also had a laprosopic surgery to look around and remove some of the tumors.
complete hysterctomy, instant menopause
June 21, 2010 successful surgery with no visual cancer remaining.
I had surgey Dec. 23rd 2011 to remove the tumor I had. That's when they found the cancer. They had to remove my left ovary and tube.
Left ovary and Fallopian tube removed. Post surgery abdominal pain and fatigue.
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.
Everything female down there taken..Delivered a 9 pound tumor as well.
Dec/05 optimal debulk at major center by great gyn-onc CA-125 =174 Stage 3c -Endometroid Adenocarcinomas
Lots of pain and lots of sugerys
July 1996-Removal of 13 pd tumor, one ovary, fallopian tube and appendix. No chemo needed.
removed omentum, all female oragans, lymp nodes on oct 31. 2008 along with volleyball sized tumor, was staged at a 1c initially. did the initial 6 treatments of chemo was so called in remission, got a chest cold 3 months later and a pet scan revealed the cancer was now a stage 4 with mets throughout.
Surgery was on 8/3/87, I was only 21 years old. I had a 30 lb tumor removed that had my left fallopian tube wrapped around it. The tumor size was 22x18x8 cm
May, 1998 hysterctomy; July, 1999 corrective surgery; abdominoplasty to help with healing. 2005 double mastectomy; floating met.
I had one overy and tumor removed in june and then i had staging sergery and three little tumors removed in july
Complete debulking and 2 laperoscopies
Removed a 7 1/2lb tumour
Laparoscopy 3/4/09. Anticipated debulking surgery will be July 2009 after 6 rounds of chemo.
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.
11/03', 6/04, 7/08, 3/14, 10/14 pain lots of pain
Date of surgery 08/07/2014
Laparoscopic and open surgery. Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy and total Hysterectomy, debulking and removal of Omentum. Well tolerated. Home on fourth morning.
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.
6/1/2011 - Removal of bilateral ovarian tumor , 10 inch scar from my lower abdomen up to my belly button 6/29/2011- placement of my port-o-catether

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

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
Biopsy- Dec 2010 Thyroid Removal and possible lymph nodes- May-4-2011
Thyroidectomy and removal of tumour on May 5th, 2010. Tumour the size of a nectarine and it spread to two lymph nodes on the right side.
Thyroidectomy on 1/26/2010
Mastectomy May 2002.
8/20/10 total thyroidectomy, several lymph nodes + 1 parathyroid gland removed. discharged same day.
Thyroidectomy October 9 and November 15th, 2012, sightly tired one week only
Thyroidectomy scheduled for 3-31-15
Thyroidectomy and deep neck dissection
I had a total thyroidectomy in April. They also removed twenty-some lymph nodes on the left side of my neck.
Partial thyroidectomy, 27 Feb 2009 Final thyroidectomy (L side) 2 Apr 2009
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.
March 28th half thyroid was removed along with lymphnodes and on April 4th the other half was removed with more lympnodes
6 surgeries in 2 years. Another one to follow in Jan.
August 1 and Sept 12, 2006 Dr and Hospital acted like they never had thyroid patients. Were nasty and rude to me. Almost died.
Total thyroidectomy to remove 3 masses, on May 11, 2009
August 7th 2012 - Total thyroidectomy and central dissection plus removal of one parathyroid
I had my surgery 1/20/11. Swelling, pain, and exhaustion run my life currently. Now that I am a couple of weeks post-op I can't believe how emotional I am. I feel like a roller coaster. I want to know if others feel this way. Pain is decreasing now.
Completed thyroidectomy on 2/24/10 was a breeze. Vocal chord damage.
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.
April 2nd, 2010, complete thyroidectomy. Drops in calcium levels, extreme hot flashes, mingled with cold. Some throat soreness and raspiness.
Total thyroidectomy, parathyroid gone crazy, calcium loss, re-hospitalized
Left thyroid lobectomy, 3/13/12 to remove a nodule. The nodule came back as cancer. Completion thyroidectomy on 4/13/12. No side effects except resulting hypothyroidism. My scar has healed very well and I feel good.
Thyroidectomy, October 5th / 2011.
Total Thyroidectomy February 18, 2011

Stomach Cancer Surgeries

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Total gastrectomy
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.

Brain Cancer Surgeries

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

tumor resection. 90% removal. side effects: alive.....
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.
Biopsy done and shes never been the same. Not a candidate for recession
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
I have had two craniotomy's. The first was just after diagnosis on 10/02/2012 and the second was after they found a recurrence and was performed on 03/05/2014
craniotomy on 1/30/09 with ability to speak better immediately but still needs lots of speech therapy.
Craniotomy, 8/8/1986
Surgery: Craniotomy at Right Temporal Love for full tumour removal Date: October 21, 2010 Hospital Stay: 4 days Side Effects: Initially the pressure in my head was really bad but that was due to swelling of the brain from surgery and I was on steroids to control that. The steroids that I was on however gave me major hallucinations to the point that I tried escaping the hospital on one occassion. This of course was controlled by a dosage change when it was brought to the attention of my attending physicians. 4 months post surgery:I still get horrible headaches. I find that it hurts to lay back and put full pressure on my head at night and many mornings I wake up with headaches. I was informed that this is normal and will last for some time so really you just have to learn some coping techniques to get by. I sometimes still get what I call "skull pain" that feels like there is pressure around where the incision was but that again is normal. 6 months post surgery: I am no longer getting headaches and only get a pressure behind my right eye when the Barometric pressure changes.
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
Nov. 3: biopsy-no side effects showed a grade 3 Dec. 2: 1/3 removal of tumor and showed a grade 4-short term memory loss and word finding and number confusion Dec. 23: developed an infection(staff) and had to have part of the skull removed-same side effects as the second surgery
10/06 resection he is no longer the man I married tumor was in left temporal lobe
Right sided Retromastoid craniotomy/ Excision of CP angle tomour done in Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 7, 2009. Side Effects: Right facial palsy, right trigeminal dysfunction, and right hearing loss.
1st craniotomy- 5 cm tumor- August 7, 2002- Anoplastic Astrocytoma- Grade 2/3 2nd craniotomy- 2 cm tumor- September 23, 2009- Glioblastoma- Grade 4
1/12/10-Brain Biopsy, headaches 2/22/10-Partial Tumor Resection, loss of finding words (certain names of things. people, places), Severe headaches, short term memory problems. Undergoing Speech therapy
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
Resection, March 23, 2010
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
I have a piece of my skull missing and I have nerve damage which effects my left arm and hand.
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.
Mom had resection of tumor
Needle biopsy of brain tumor. I chose to stay awake during the procedure.
1.2 cm tumour was removed on July 6th. Had multiple seizures on the day after surgery and temporarily lost mobility of my left arm.
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.
Resection, June 2007, Minimal Side Effects Resection, June 2009, Loss use of Left eye lid

Multiple Myeloma Cancer Surgeries

What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

not yet
November 2010.
kyphoplasty of L4 and L5, July 2010

Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgeries

What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

I had the tumor removed on Sept 7, 2010 and had Ileostomy surgery the same day
Removal of section of colon right side and then resection May 13, 2008. 2nd surgery in June to install a port in left side above heart to give chemotherapy by IV and take home chemotherapy attached to the port for 2 more days.
January 2009 : Section of colon removed
Colon reection surgery in January, 2002. Lumpectomy for stage 1 breast cancer in 2003. Lung surgeries (2) in 2004.
February 8 Right hemicolectomy June 22 9 RF liver ablations open surgery
laparoscopically assisted sigmoid colectomy 6/26/09
Surgery for hemicolectomy begininning of Sept, 2011. Starting chemo (5-FU oxaliplatin and Avastin) begininning of Nov, 2011. Post surgery Mykol lost 20 kg (44 lb) due to complications of surgery and loss of appetite.
March 2009 colon resection
Radical Hysterectomy and Lymphnode removal
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.
8 inches of colon removed
I will find out at the end of this month whether my doctor will operate to remove the rectal tumour. I guess it depends on the prognosis for the lung cancer. Surgery will result in a permanent colostomy however it should give me a better quality of life.
Thorasic Surgery on April 13th, 2010. -Confirmed metastisis:( Rectal surgery was on May 11, 2010. reconnect of the rectum, reversal surgery tbd .... Port surgery June 2010
Have not had surgery yet. It is scheduled for October 7th. Going to remove the tumor and do a colostomy. I am not looking forward to either. I don't think I am going to like wearing a bag even if it is only temporary( I hope ).
Transanal resection, October 5th, 2009.
No major surgeries as of yet. Had a malignant polyp surgically removed in 2006, port placement after diagnosis, ablation on liver tumor. I am waiting to find out about a possible resection in my rectum.
Colon resection April 2004, Liver resection August 20009
11/15/2011 - resection surgery (LAR), supracervial hysterectomy, oopherectomy. No side effects/no pain. All cancer was removed. 01/10/2012 - port inserted for IV Chemo. No side effects. 04/09/2012 - Kidney stone removal surgery. 10/03/2012 - ileostomy reversal. All went well.
Port instered Dec. 28, 2010. Pain for about 3 days. I had no side effects. It went pretty smooth with no problems.
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.
hemicolectomy and appendectomy on April 12, 2010. Made it through the surgery just fine.
Inoperable at present
June 2nd
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
Surgery is scheduled for July 16, 2010

Liver Cancer Surgeries

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---
Liver biopsy
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

Cervical Cancer Surgeries

What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

not an option...
I'm not sure what all they will do during surgery yet. My pre op appointment is next week to discuss what all it will include. All I know is they're just going to cut off part of my cervix. 4/30/13
Sept 14, 2008, Hysterectomy lymph node removal, biopsies.
Vaginaplasty July 2008
Too many to name Brachy therapy 3 times
Hyst,Colostomy,Stents,Kidney Disease
LEEP Procedures, Biopsies
Radical Hysterectomy Nerve damage in abdomen, left leg
12/2008- Cervical Cone Biopsy - Carcinoma in Situ (Stage O) with Clear Margins 02/2011- DaVinci (Robotic Asssisted) Total Hysterectomy- Found tumor of at least 1.6 in size. Radical parametrectomy, upper vaginectomy, total bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection, transposition of bilateral tubes and ovaries. Small Bowel Obstruction Nov. 2011
Nov 3rd 2011 scheduled
complete vaginal hysterectomy
5/14/2014 LEEP, D and C, ECC, Hysteroctomy
D&C, Hysterscopy
05/2010 ureter stents bilat. 02/2011 Colostomy
Surgery was not an option for me.
Removal of 10c tumor. 9-8-10
Trachelectomy - Oct 10, 2014
not an option
smit sleeve for brachytherapy (internal radiation); Port placement (power port); lymph node removal for biopsy in Aug 2014
January 2014- surgery unsuccessful. Rumored had spread out of vagina. Per dr best way to treat now is with chemo and radiation.
Radical hysterectomy - May 15 2006day after Mother's Day, ironically), Ureteral stent placement-November 2008
Radical hysterectomy. Jan 2013
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 )
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
not an option

Larynx Cancer Surgeries

What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

No surgery
Total laryngectomy, thyroid removal.
06/24/2004 Mucoepidermal carsanoma Infections
Biopsy- October 12, 2011- no side effects, was a breeze.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

Testicular Cancer Surgeries

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.

GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Surgeries

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.

Small Intestine Cancer Surgeries

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

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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.

Anal Cancer Surgeries

What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Removal of growth and condylomas 5/12/10. Mild discomfort, no side effects.
port placement
Wedge Resection, 12/5/13
Port-a-Cath placement for chemo tx.
August 2013. Plan: Excision of carcinoma, as well as razor slice of sphincter and cauterization of two other dysplasia sites . Proposed Side effects: some leakage and a lot of pain in the ass. Preparation for surgery: Probiotics, alkaline diet, cleansing fast. Post surgery: sitz baths, narcotics, analgesic gel, metamucil. Summary: a royal pain in the ass
colostomy, stint in kidney with drain
None was required.
Colonoscopy, anal leason surgery July 2011.
09/07/10- Anal Mass Removal- went in for emergency hemorrhoid surgery only to discover it wasn't a hemorrhoid but a tumor. 11/19 /10 - TEM surgery - dr. went in to check out mass spotted on eus and to remove some tissue to see if any cancer cell activity remains. very sore after procedure - since procedure was done directly in anal verge - more sore than most people. 12/29- APR surgery-removed anus and received permanent colostomy
Separate cancer found in petscan. Stage 1 endometrial. Had a da Vinci total hysterectomy on January 30, 2012. Began std protocol for AC on Feb 20, 2012, (21 days after surgery). I was up walking that night after surgery and back doing my 3 miles a day in a week or so.
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.
Resection -Nov 16 Port- Dec 3
7/2/09 hemmorrhoidectomy
I also had a heart transplant almost 14 years ago. So I already have a compromised immune system already.... I have HPV and had cervical displasia 10 years ago. So I feel somewhat pre disposed to getting this type of cancer....
colostomy because I developed a fistula during radiation
Port placement Nov. 22, 2011
Portacath implanted Nov 15, 2013.
2/09/10 port surgically implanted in chest
I had what the surgeon said was a "skin tag" on my rectum that was removed On July 22, 2010, along with some exploratory surgery to remove adhesions on my left side and they drained a cyst on my right ovary. I was scheduled to see my surgeon on Aug 5th but received a phone call asking me to come in on July 28th, never in a millions years did I think I would be told that I have stage 1 anal cancer, I am scheduled to see an oncologist on Aug. 4th, so for now it is just waiting and wondering. I am not sure of the size or what course of treatment I will be going threw just yet.
Left lobe liver resection 6-2011//Bilateral mastectomy 6/24/2014
1st surgery 2 years ago non cancerous, 2nd last year noncancerous. now 8-11 anal cancer. pet scan sched for 8-17
Colonoscopy 3/13 squamous cell carcinoma in situ, cannot rule out invasive, anascopy and biopsy 7/17/13 UCSF, squamous cell carcinoma invasive stage 1, power port implanted 8/28/13. Previously 2011 had spinal fusion at UCSF for scoliosis.
No surgery.
Colostomy/biopsy on Oct. 4 2012
11/14 and 12/14 excise and biopsies

Vulva Cancer Surgeries

What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Sept 2011-Laser Jan 3, 2012

Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Surgeries

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

Bone Cancer Surgeries

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.

Hypopharynx Cancer Surgeries

What Hypopharynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

My lymph node was removed on October 29th, 1213.

Eye and Orbit Cancer Surgeries

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.

Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Surgeries

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.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Surgeries

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

Ureter Cancer Surgeries

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.

Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Surgeries

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!

Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Surgeries

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

Esophagus Cancer Surgeries

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.
12-5-'08 Esophagectomy
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.

Tonsil Cancer Surgeries

What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.
Radical neck dissection in June 2007, followed by concurrent radiation and chemotherepy with cisplatin.
modified radical neck dissection left..tonsillectomy..january 2012
Tonsillectomy with attached tumor and 32 lymph nodes removed.
4/10/12 Removed Left Tonsil
biopsy 6/28/12, transoral robotic surgery and selective neck dissection 7/30/12
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!!
Laryngoscopy and Biopsy on 04/07/2014
Surgery (radical tonsillectomy and neck dissection to remove 5 lymph nodes) was performed October 20, 2009 at Loyola University Medical Center. Two lymph nodes were cancerous, one with extra capsular extensions.
March 10, 2011 surgery to remove tongue cancer. February 2, 2012 tumor and lymph node removal (radical neck dissection). March 8, 2012 (complete tooth/teeth extractions).
Tonsillectomy - 12/10/10 Modified Neck Dissection - 12/27/10
- not there yet -
Tonsillectomy with neck dissection Oct. 26, 2009 Rare complication of Chyllous leakage. Second surgery to repair leak Nov. 13, 2009
Tonsillectomy 9/26/12
Right tonsil has Squamous Cell carcinoma, Left Tonsil is clear. Some cancer noted on basil of tongue.
Removed left tonsil and hen egg size tumor from behind and above tonsil on March 8,2011. I was sent home on the next day, with medications for infection and pain. the area around surgery was painful, but meds helped. after 8 days I stopped using pain meds. I notice more than the normal amount of mucus in my mouth. When I looked in the mirror, I was surprised to see the big hole in the left side of the roof of my mouth. It is now March22 and depression has hit, I know that I have been told that its curable and treatable, I am wondering what all of these life changing experiences are that I keep hearing my Dr speak about. Going tomorrow to a consult with medical people about chemo and radiation. I have an upcoming PET scan.
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.
Tonsils removed 6/4/09. Didn't expect cancer.
1st surgery removed right palatine tonsil/base of tongue on 3/20/09 {by robotic surgery}..in hospital 3 nights 2nd surgery removed right neck lymph node on 3/30/09..in hospital 1 night
This was in June. After healing from the Ablation, I visited my ENT and he scheduled for a PET scan which came out suspicious. Next the Biopsy which he removed 85% of my right tonsil and tumor, but could not get it all. Narrow throat opening. The Path on the Biopsy indicated SCC Stage II. The ENT felt it was Stage I, but treated as Stage II. THere were no lymph nodes involved and was lateralized to the right side tonsil. Felt it did not involve the base of tongue. I felt some sore throat after the partial tonsil and tumor removal that lasted 3-weeks. No real bad pain and I healed well.
Rt. Tonsillectomy and Rt. neck dissection done on 8-10-09
tonsillectomy
Tonsil only March, 2008
Tonsillectomy (3rd set which I didn't know we had these are below your adenoids and normal tonsils you cant see)which for an adult is a horrible experience however bad they tell you it is multiply it by 5, plus a Grade 1 neck dissection removing 42 Lymph nodes, a muscle and nerve in top front of shoulder that I cant figure out what I need it for, and removal of one of my juggler veins (didn't know I had more than one) 6 Weeks to recover to manageable pain and comfort level
Tonsilectomey excistion around tonsils

Mesothelioma Cancer Surgeries

What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

VATS procedure 7-09

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Surgeries

What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
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.
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...
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
I will receive Hysterectomy after Chemo is complete
October 3rd, 2011 Vertical incision, Full hysterectomy and removal of tumor in my rectosigmoid colon. Tumor had grown out back of uterus and merged with part of my colon. Big surgery but I am only 28 and very healthy despite the obvious and I have been healing quickly and easily. Its been nine days since surgery.
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
colostomy April 2nd. ureter stents, bladder catheter since May 2011 total pelvic exenteration Nov.2011
25 June 2014 - Sore and tired afterwards, but relieved it was over
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
total Hysterectomy
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
Radical hysterectomy on August 6, 2012. Hot Flashes began 2 weeks later.
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
October 7, 2011--Other than short-term digestive issues, recovered swiftly.
Hysterectomy, lymph node removal
laproscopy complete hysterectomy
On April 30th,2008 I had a radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal. Alot of pain afterwards but started feeling much better within 2 weeks.
Had surgery May 7th. Really sore afterwards, urinary incontinence, lots of vaginal bleeding, nausea, and very tired
Radical TAH/BSO Sept. 12 - lots of nausea and lack of appetite four weeks following.
January 29, 2014; few side effects
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.

Sarcoma Cancer Surgeries

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.

Parotid Cancer Surgeries

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.

Mouth Cancer Surgeries

What Mouth Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Glossectomy and Modified Radical Neck Dissection on 30/10/12

Skin Cancer Surgeries

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.

Throat Cancer Surgeries

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
No surgery
2/3 of right lung removed
no surgery
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".

Tongue Cancer Surgeries

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Lucky, just tonsils and lymph node removed - no problems.
December 2013
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

Nose Cancer Surgeries

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

complete removal of nose

Jaw Cancer Surgeries

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.

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
lump removed on right side of neck 08/15/11
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
No surgery, just chest biopsy of my mediastinum.
Lymph node biopsy Bone marrow biopsy--would have rather had another baby...at least you can opt for an epidural. Mediport placement
8/22/12 - Port placement
Lymph node extraction (left armpit); 07/22/2014
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
Lymphectomy, 10/3/13, pain was the only side effect
Biopsy of smaller lump in my neck.
Port insertion- June 2 2014, pain for a few days. Port Removal -December 1 2014, pain for a few days but not as painful as the insertion.
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
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.
Port-a-carth 3 months ago
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!!!
Excisional biopsy of right node-- 1/6/15 Port Placement -- 1/8/15
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
Cervical lymph nodes removed Sep 2009. Surgery went smoothly. Iliac (abominal lymph node removed) and ovary removed for freezing after relapse in April 2010. PermCath placed R side of chest/neck May 2010 for salvage chemo and autograft of stem cells.
Lymph node removal Bone marrow biopsy Portacath
Lymph node excision/biopsy- 9.6.12, port placement 9.25.12, bone marrow biopsy 9.28.12
Just the initial biopsy and to put in a central line
12/24/2013 - Core needle biopsy 1/2/2014 - Port placement
late may - biopsy june 7 - port
11/02/10- Biopsy on left lymph Node- Pain, swelling. 12/10- Port placement-Pain swelling 03/11-Port malfunction and removal- Heart Damage, 3 days Hospitalized 03/11-PICC Line placement-pain, annoyance, No swimming :(
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.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

What Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.

Bile Duct Cancer Surgeries

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

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Surgeries

What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

lost both hips due to medications

Neuroblastoma Cancer Surgeries

What Neuroblastoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Removed kidney and tumor February 1998

Appendecial Cancer Surgeries

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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