What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
My first surgery was on September 22, 2005 where I had a lump in my breast removed. I got the call on September 26th that is was cancerous. My second re-excision surgery was on October 5th. The cancer reoccurred and was found on May 29, 2009. I am scheduled to have a mastectomy on Thursday June 11, 2009.
Bilateral mastectomy and expander implant in 2/10
Lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy 10th jan 2014. Axillary clearance removal of 10 lymph nodes 29th Jan 2014
Mastectomy on right 8/05 gamma knife on right brain tumor 11/07 removal of right brain tumor 4/28/08
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.
sentinel lymphnode biopsy 9/10 mastectomy 2/2/11 with lymphnode removal and reconstruction started
Bilateral mastectomy ,got mersa almost died removed one expander on 12/11/14. Waiting for expander to be put back in healing from chemo. had expander put back in but everytime they fill it my insition rips back open. still waiting….
Have not had surgery yet. Currently doing treatments to shrink the tumor before surgery.
Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy, and drainage of multiple cysts that became huge during chemo. Second surgery for axillary dissection after final path report.
Jan 6, 2010 -lumpectomy, and 9 axillary lymph nodes removed. Jan 13 revision of tissue margins. Jan 29 insert Portacath
2/16/2011 first scheduled surgery - endured preparation (i.e. radio isotope injection for lymph node mapping) mamogram for wire localization showed 2 new unknown masses. After surgeon review, 20 minutes prior to surgery - cancelled and advised I needed another biopsy. I was emotionally destroyed and broke down sobbing. I withdrew inward and was unable to speak to anyone, including my husband, for 2 days. I then underwent another (new and more involved) excruciating biopsy. Thankfully they were benign. Surgeon called on Thursday and surgery rescheduled following Monday 2/28/11. I was extremely quiet and reserved which bothered both my husband and surgeon. When asked what was going on, I said I didn't believe or trust anyone or anything, and until I was laying on the operating table, I could not get my hopes, belief up that my cancer was being removed. Surgery was a little more than I expected and had minor complications with extreme vomitting (anesthesia and pain meds) and stayed over-night. I had to have stomach meds 1/2 hour before taking any pain control meds to eliminate vomitting for next 4 weeks. Also woke up to severe pain in opposite shoulder (way I was positioned during surgery) and still have pain and numbness in thumb. I just began physical therapy last week, while there for daily radiation treatments. Will advise progress.
Double mastectomy with node Bx. August 16, 2013. Tissue expanders put in day of surgery
I had a biopsy done on Sept. 26, 2006 and a lumpectomy on Oct. 3, 2006. Waiting to have mastectomy and reconstruction.
Bilateral masectomy-09/25/07 27 lymph nodes removed-10/29/07 Left expander removed- 11/02/07 Complete hysterectomy-05/05/08 Silicone Implants-04/17/09 Nipples created 06/30/09 Areolas tatooed 10/13/09
Mastectomy with reconstruction 10 years ago when I had breast cancer the first time.
Lumpectomy and lymph node removal 2002
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.
Oct 3rd/07 Lumpectomy,sentinial node disection(none envolved)
Lumpectomy May 2007. No side effects. Recouperated really well. My scars are barely noticeable. But one breast is slightly smaller. Hard to tell since I am a DD, but I can. UPDATE AUG/08. Can not see the scar, but feel a solid 4" line under my arm where lymph nodes were checked.
I had a double mastectomy on October 20, 2010. It was very painful and the pain medication wasn't very helpful. The drains were extremely uncomfortable. Teh severe pain lasted for about a month.
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.
they put the blue dye in my live diseased breast on 04-26-04, then as they put me to sleep they acccidently gave me a shot of adrenalyn (sp) so I had to redo the blue dye on 04-28-04 on my 18th anniversary after they had checked to make sure there was no cardiac danger.
Left Mastecomy 9/25/07. Recovering really wasn't that bad. The node procedure was worse with recovery.
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.
lymph node removel
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
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
She havent had any surgery yet,.
9 yrs ago-ipsilateral thyroidectomy, radical neck dissection, 2 thyroplasties. Jun-08-pnuemonectomy w/ part of my pericardium and diaphram removed. OUCH!!!!!!
Mediastinoscopy/bronchoscopy 4/5--No side effects
not a candidate for surgery because of location
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
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
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.
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
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.
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
Removed Kidney, 1990, Tumor regrew by 2000, Cancer Matastized to Lungs, Kidney removal 2000, Lung Hot spot removed 2006. Exercise counteracted side effects.
Remove her right lung
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
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.
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.
removed right lung 6/7/2009 - limited movement in rt arm,can not reach very high and then some pain.slight pains from time to time around incision.dr. say it will improve with time
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.
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
Partial Gastrectomy, Vagotomy, Pyloroplasty in October 2008 to remove tumor and adjacent lymph nodes.
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
Port in right arm 08/2008 it got infected and developed a clot and was removed. Port in chest 10/2008
Lumpectomy, biopsy to right breast
Lymph Node biopsy 9-2010 pain in groin Mediport chest insertion 9-2010 Bone Marrow biopsy 10-2010
None yet, not operable.
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.
July 12, 2013 Lymph node removed and biopsied.
Biopsy's (lymph node and bone marrow)
12/27 - Fine needle and Core biopsy - insufficient for diagnosis 1/08 Lymph node biopsy - negative results 1/14 Mediasteinoscopy - Diagnosis NHL
Surgery March 2002, excisional. Initially dx as benign.
Lymph node removed, no real side effects
FNA then complete removal of lymph node. Bone marrow biopsy.
I've had a Hickman line, a Port and a Vascath- all done by surgery. I now have a purple pic line that works with ct contrast!
intestine resection due to lymph nodes tearing intestine and causing sepsis.
Biopsy, port #1, port #1 removal, port #2
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
April 2008 Biopsy Left Groin Lymph Node May 2008 Left Overy Anf Gall Bladder Removed
Biopsy June 2012 and September 2013
Port placement May 2011 Bone marrow Biopsy May 2011
March 2014-Fine needle bioposy. Upcoming: May 15, 2014 Bone Marrow Biopsy. May 29,2014 Full excision of lymph node in my neck.
Thoracoscopy to biopsy mediastinal mass, port placement
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
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.
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.
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 :)
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, radiofrequency ablation, and arterial embolization, 7/16/12, which included confirmation of diagnosis.
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
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).
Scheduled for an open partial nephretomy on April 21st, 2011
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
Left LRN 4/20/10
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
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
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.
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
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.
Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11
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 April 2009.
Nephrectomy, 02/08/02: abdominal pain, spasms, polyneuropathy, GI issues; Surgical Hernia repair, 05/15/03; Lumpectomy, 11/05/07: pain, tenderness, hives
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
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Whipple, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
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.
Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.
Gallbladder surgery that discovered the tumors, urethral stent implanted.No side effects.
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
9/6/13 total tumor removal with clean margins, 7 of 21 tested lymph nodes positive
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
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
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
Whipple, October 2008
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.
Whipple, March 2008
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
surgery not an option
Whipple procedure on May 17, 2012. I can eat anything that I want but have the side effect of having to have a bowel movement after every meal.......sometimes diarrhea but always unformed. This has caused me to lose a total of 45 pounds since surgery. I have been able to maintain my weight at 145 now because I eat at least every 2 hours if not more often.
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
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.
Hysterectomy 1993; ovarian cancer removal 2007; thyroid cancer removed 2009.
August 8,2006 Major debulking lasting 10 hours and 3 surgeons the cancer was all the way to my diaphram A swollen lymph node against my uretha from my left kindney caused me to have a stint put in the uretha in september
Surgery was on Jan 5, 2007. I lost nearly 40 pounds and spent 21 days in the hospital.
Had exploratory laporatomy on 1/3/12 - removed omentum and multiple lymph nodes. No further evidence of cancer was found!
Everything female down there taken..Delivered a 9 pound tumor as well.
removed her ovary fallopian tube appendix half of her omentum and 40 lymph nodes on april 15 2010. November 22 2010 they removed her other ovary due to a chromosomal defect. Started chemo 4days after surgery.
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.
Feb. 18 had omentectomy which had 8 tumors within it. Long incision, worst to date surery I've had, difficult getting back to normal. Hard to walk, stand for long periods of time, took 6 weeks at home before going back to work
October 2009--unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
I had one overy and tumor removed in june and then i had staging sergery and three little tumors removed in july
Right ovary removal on Oct 8th. Maybe more, won't know till after surgery.
Jan. 5th: Tumor, right ovary, right fallopian, and a bit of intestine removed.
Left ovary and Fallopian tube removed. Post surgery abdominal pain and fatigue.
May, 1998 hysterctomy; July, 1999 corrective surgery; abdominoplasty to help with healing. 2005 double mastectomy; floating met.
TAH/BSO Feb.2009 Colostomy Nov.2010
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
July 1996-Removal of 13 pd tumor, one ovary, fallopian tube and appendix. No chemo needed.
Laparoscopic and open surgery. Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy and total Hysterectomy, debulking and removal of Omentum. Well tolerated. Home on fourth morning.
Fertility sparing surgery, right ovary and fallopian tube removed, appendix removed.
I've had 3 surgeries total. The 1st was laproscopic when they discovered I didn't have endometriosis, what they originally thought I had. That's when they discovered that the 2 huge tumors were either cancerous or pre-cancerous. On the 2nd surgery they removed the 2 tumors and managed to save my ovaries, but the patholgy sent to Johns Hopkins came back showing a 6 mm invasive carcinoma in my right ovary, and the left ovary had a micro-invasive tumor. On January 29th, 2007, I had a total ovarian hysterectomy.
removal of avaries (had had hysterectomy in 1981 but they left both ovaries at that time), omentum, several lymph nodes, Jan. 31, 2006. Optimum debulking. Surgical scar runs from just above pubic bone to just under breasts. Gyn/Onc told me I had an enormous omentum, much larger than "normal", making the huge scar necessary for complete removal. She installed an InterPeritoneal Port for IP chemo at the time of the surgery. Had serious pain for weeks following surgery; also had 2 pulmonary emboli as a result of surgery, requiring treatment with Warfarin. Because of PEs, chemo was delayed 2 weeks.
1/24/08 ER visit - removed R ovary intact! 2/29 (Leap Day!) Total Hysterectomy and debulking.
June 1, 2006 Laproscopy...ultimately colonoscopy, and partial small intesting removal...with lymphnode involvement June 12, 2006 Placement of a port-a-cath for IV chemo. October 5, 2006 Coloscopy take down (reversal), and debulking...removal of tubes, ovaries, omentum, and more lymphnodes.
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Total thyroidectomy 6/09 - also removed lymph nodes and neck tissue
Full Thyroid Removal
March 28th half thyroid was removed along with lymphnodes and on April 4th the other half was removed with more lympnodes
Thyroidectomy in two steps - April 2011 Very uneventful - some vocal chord stunning but recovered completely. A true answer to prayer as she is a soprano! Left neck dissection June 2012 Right neck dissection March 2013
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.
4/11/14: Total thyroidectomy, central compartment neck dissection, and modified radical neck dissection. Side effects: sore throat (the worst side effect by far), swelling, bruising, stiffness, trouble swallowing.
3/10/09 - Total thyroidectomy and lymph node removal 11/29/10 - (upcoming) Left functional neck dissection
surgery went better than expected! Healing was quick. I actually feel better after surgery than before! :)
Just had surgery on October 12th,2011 and the scar is pretty big but worth it.
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.
Diagnosis July 1, 2010...Remainder thyroidectomy and radical neck dissection July 20, 2010....
Right Lobectomy Nov 3/08 - 6 cm tumour removed More surgery Nov 26/08 for the left side
Total Thyroidectomy and Lymph Node Removal 5/21/2010 - Have been struggling with the effects of hypothyroidism since then.
First ultrasound in April, 2009 and FNA in June, 2009. Identified a non-cancerous growth. Ultrasound a year later in June 2010 revealed a 30% increase in size. Surgery: July 21, 2010 - hemithyroidectomy of the right lobe. Pathology revealed Papillary carcinoma. Second surgery: Scheduled for August 19, 2010 - remaining thyroidectomy. And then Radioactive Iodine down the line...
4 surgeries within 10 months. I've passed the 1/4 million dollar mark!
Thyroidectomy and deep neck dissection
Total tyroidectomy 8-2011. Surgery went great. Spent one night in hospital and went shopping the day I left :)
March 2011 removal of tumour & right side of thyroid as cancer was suspected. Left side then removed in May 2011. Tumour was very posterior & difficult to get to. Very sore after first surgery. Second was easy in comparison.
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.
Since half my thryoid was substernal and huge, it wouldn't come out through the standard thyroid incision. I had to have a sternotomy along with a partial right lobe thyroidectomy. When the pathology report came back showing cancer, they had to remove the remaining portion of my right lobe in a second surgery two months later.
Surgery was close to 6 hours. They removed the thyroid and 26 lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. The surgery was June of 2011. The recovery was not as bad as I thought is was going to be. I spent 2 nights in the hospital. The one big negative was that I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
Completed thyroidectomy on 2/24/10 was a breeze. Vocal chord damage.
Total Thyroidectomy, March 15, 2005, excessive calcionemia which extended hospital stay by 3 days.
Partial thyroidectomy, 27 Feb 2009 Final thyroidectomy (L side) 2 Apr 2009
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.
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.
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
Craniotomy and resection on 12/1/2010
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.
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
30/01/2014 iMRI @ queens square London
Oct 06, left-frontal lobe. I had a lot of problems but the one I will shake my head about is: the doc shaved my head. Before going into surgery. he said he would only shave where he was cutting. When I woke up, I found he shaved half of my head. I had long hair! The major side effect is: I now have major headaches. I am in pain every single day! It is never ending. At night time, it is even worse.
Needle biopsy of brain tumor. I chose to stay awake during the procedure.
Crainiotomy - March 4, 2009 - paralyzed on her left side.
Biopsy, partial tumor removal on 8/12/11
1st craniotomy- 5 cm tumor- August 7, 2002- Anoplastic Astrocytoma- Grade 2/3 2nd craniotomy- 2 cm tumor- September 23, 2009- Glioblastoma- Grade 4
Emergency brain surgery on June 12, 2004 After surgery Michael had a stroke. Now uses a walker.
January 10th, 1996. Staten Island University Hospital
2 brain surgeries. mediport. spinal catheter. feeding tube. lung cath.
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
tremors in hands, arms and legs
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
Oct 8th 2008 Reading Pa Sept 23rd 2009 Balt MD
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
Biopsy February 203
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
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
tumor resection. 90% removal. side effects: alive.....
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.
Tumor & lymph node removal 2/13/13 temporary ileostomy; 9/18/13 ostomy reversal
Bowel resection, tumor removal, colostomy - July 2, 2010. Hospital for 1 week recovery, slow healing on wound vac for 2 months.
Blood transfusion immediately, multiple tests, & scheduled colonoscopy resulted in surgery Feb 5, 2005, showing the presence of a tumor just above the appendix that had to be removed. A 2 foot long section of the colon was removed & the ends reattached. Biopsy showed stage 4 disease with metastasis to the peritoneum.
Had surgery july 2009 removed section of lower rectom.I was cut open from under ribs to below belly button.Recovery time was about 10 weeks. as of feb 2010 I may have to have another surgery to remove a cancer cell
Oct. 17 colonoscpy/ Oct 19 removed 18 inches of colon, 15 lymph nodes and appendix. Six days in hospital. Lymph nodes clear cancer had spread outside the wall of colon and almost completely closed off bowels.
Colon resection March, 1984 Liver resection August, 1984 Lung removal May, 1989
January 12, 2010. Removal of tumor in colon/rectum. had to remove approximately 8 inches of colon/rectum.
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.
I had the tumor removed on Sept 7, 2010 and had Ileostomy surgery the same day
Removal of quarter size tumor embedded in colon wall and 22 lymph nodes, 7 of which were diseased. Original diagnosis was Stage 3B, on 8/2, after 11 rounds of chemo, mestastizied to liver, now Stage 4
rectal cancerous polyp removed
We all had colon surgery @ same time in January 2006. Bart's cancer had penetrated his colon, and infected his liver, lung, and brain. He has been under chemo for many months. Brian had entire colon removed, but retains his rectum. Bruce had about 2 feet removed. Both Brian and Bruce had surgery again, due to complications. It all hurt like heck. But today, we all three are doing great.
Anterior resection & ileostomy, 11/04/09; "Takedown" surgery (reconnection), 04/10, slightly decreased bowel control.
September 22, 2008 Removal of colon, bladder, vagina, and two ovaries. Was in the hospital for one month recovering. Major healing problem was on a wound vac for four months, had home health care. Could not eat, sit, stand, walk due to pain. Have a permanent colostomy and ileo conduit.
10 inches of colon removed - 17 lymph nodes - and appendix You think it's bad for a couple of weeks, then it passes - seems like it was rather easy now
Not planned. Cancer will spread too fast if chemo is stopped at my stage.
Emergency colostomy on 9/11/09. No real side effects other than the basic lifestyle changes that a colostomy can bring.
Inoperable, primary tumor lodged in pelvis
I had a transanal excision surgery on July 22nd.
My First surgery was 1/26/11 I had and appendectomy done, that's when I was diagnosed. I was in severe pain after the surgey. My second surgery was 4/28/11, I had the HIPEC surgery which was 12 hours long, again in severe pain.
Scheduled for Mid January
Power port installed. LOVE IT! Side effect: People look at it and I have to explain it's my bionic nipple.
hemicolonectomy/ 6/8/10 somewhat painful, Great scar
Colon resection, lobectomy 2002. Lung wedge removal, pericardial window 2005.
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.
Radical hysterectomy, pelvic lymph node removal on May 19, 2008
not an option
I had an radical hyster. on Jan 5, 2010. I was told that the cancer had not spread and I would have 90% change that the cancer would not come back. My side effects from the surgery are the tops of both of my thighs are numb and around the area is sore to the touch. I have night hot flashes day and night, insomnia, very emotional and very fatiqued.
Too many to name Brachy therapy 3 times
A pelvic exenteration was attempted January 31. 2013. It was aborted due to the spreading of the cancer. Surgeons removed the uterus and 95% of the visible cancer instead.
leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.
Vaginaplasty July 2008
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
DaVinci Robot Assisted Radical Hysterectomy and Bilateral Lymphadenectomy (kept both ovaries). 5 incisions in abdomen, little pain, quick recovery (up walking around that night and home the next day). Only took pain medicine for 3 days. The biggest nuisance was the catheter. I had a UTI (urinary tract infection) with bladder spasms 5 days after my surgery. Once the catheter was removed and antibiotics started, I felt much better. Went back to work 5 weeks after surgery. Some right front thigh numbness and annoying, dull ache were lymph nodes were removed. No complaints!
Cone Biopsy x 2, sentinal node dissection in Jan 2012, Crevical Stent in Oct 2012
Chemotherapy, Radiation, and internal radiation
Not an option......
Surgery was not an option for me.
Removal of 10c tumor. 9-8-10
Sept 14, 2008, Hysterectomy lymph node removal, biopsies.
26th November 2010, Hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries. Wind Pain and constipation biggest complication.
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!!!
cold knife conization scheduled. radical hysterectomy to be done after they shrink the tumor, which appears to be 7 cm wide???
not an option...
2/24/09 Radical hysterectomy/lymph node dissection 4/27/09 Mediastinoscopy (small surgery to do a biopsy in the lung area to make sure cancer had not spread to those lymph nodes) 6/03/09 Powerport port-a-cath placement
Surgery was not an option
Nov 3rd 2011 scheduled
LEEP Procedures, Biopsies
Radical hysterectomy. Jan 2013
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.
Bone Marrow Biopsies depending upon what my blood work reflects on how often I now get BMB.2005 Vertioblasty performed when I received a double compression fx. of T-7 & T-8 from biopsy. Nose reconstructive & internal reduction 3/2010 after a fall where I fx. my nose, surgery 10/13 to graft and reconstruct L leg from laptop burn & biopsy lump Dr. W found, benign results
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.
09/2006 – My first head CT showing 3.4cm X 2.9 tumor in my head 09/2006 – Surgery to remove tumor through mouth 06/2007- Surgery to remove tumor through nose and mouth 08/2009- Embolism surgery for Giant Cell Granuloma in head (x2) 09/2009 – facial degloving and attempt to remove Giant Cell 08/2010- Anorectum Ansocopy and removal of Squamous Cell 09/2010- Removal of upper right jaw and remaining sinus to remove Granuloma 10/2010 – One more surgery scheduled on my anus exterior and interior to remove cancerous cells
Liver resection Jan 2012
Two groin nodes removed July 2, 2012 Anal skin tag removed Aug, 2012
Colostomy/biopsy on Oct. 4 2012
biosy on Feb. 14, 2011 ~ tumor and anus seem more sensitive and sore since. due to have rectal ultrasound on March 1 and have first appointment with Oncologist on March 3.
Surgery Feb 2013.
2/09/10 port surgically implanted in chest
anal biopsy, power port, liver biospy, liver resection, gallbladder removed
Excision very close to sphincter muscle. Diagnosed on 4/27/11 and excised on 4/29/11. Big crater where tumor was, few stitches, pain, drainage. Doctor optimistic she got it all, Pathology will indicate whether or not rad or chemo is in order.
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....
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 davinci total hysterectomy first before treatment for the anal cancer. I was up walking that night and back doing my 3 miles a day in a week or so.
A chemo port was surgically installed just under my collar bone. After I completed 2 rounds of chemo and 7 weeks of radiation, my tumor was much smaller but still there. I switched hospitals from Jefferson Univ. in Phila. to Sloan Kettering in NYC. To determine if the remaining tumor was still cancerous, I had a surgical biopsy, going into the tumor through the anal wall. That identified some irregular cells but no cancer. Since they were sure there was still some cancer, I had a second biopsy done by interventional radiology, going into the tumor through my back while viewing via CT scan to be sure they were in the right place. Still no cancer! Yay! Later I had my appendix removed; it had been damaged by the radiation.
lymph node removal from iliac area November 2, 2011
No surgery as cancer was Stage 1.
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.
Excision Surgery and further examination. Margings were clear so no Chemo for me! Tons of pain after surgery. Getting better every day.
Port placement Nov. 22, 2011
Porta Cath inserted.....soreness for about 10 days
local excision 10/27/11. Knew it would be bad but it was worse than I expected. Surgeon did not get a clean margin.
colostomy because I developed a fistula during radiation
Left lobe liver resection 6-2011//Bilateral mastectomy 6/24/2014
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.
Rt. Tonsillectomy and Rt. neck dissection done on 8-10-09
CT Scan 2/28/2012 Swollen left submandibular lymph node FNA 4/5/2012 NEgative Node removal 5/25/2012 positive for Squamos Cell Carcinoma PET Scan 6/4/2012 negative Bi-lateral tonsillectomy 6/15/2012 Positive left tonsil 5mm tumor. 6/15/2012 PortaCath insertion
neck resection and removal of 55 glands of which 4 lymph nodes were cancerous but luckily encapsulated
4/10/12 Removed Left Tonsil
Right modified radical neck dissection. tracheostomy direct laryngoscopy Pec flap relocation, reconstruction. radical resection of tonsil partial glossectomy lateral pharyngotomy left fasciocutaneous radial forearm free flap reconstruction split thickness skin graft from left thigh to cover right forearm Debridement of right neck defect mandibulotomy (split jaw) rotational pectoralis major closure of defect split thickness skin graft right thigh (to cover neck) open g-Tube placement
Laryngoscopy and Biopsy on 04/07/2014
Tonsillectomy with attached tumor and 32 lymph nodes removed.
radical neck dissection and skin graft
8/7/12-left tonsil removed and throat and tongue biopsied (NED on throat & tongue), went well except got very sick from anesthesia, always did; 8/29/12-lymph node removal, all NED except for one. This surgery was rough and I was squeamish re: the drain. Thanks to God and prayer, lupus stayed in remission and still is in remission. Had to have PT on left arm and shoulder.
January 17, 2011 - Tonsilectomy - Ouch for 2 weeks lost 10 pounds but got through it.
May 31 2011 Robotic Tonsil Surgery,Pain Killer gave me night sweats & nightmares, Had to sleep upright in reclining chair
modified radical neck dissection left..tonsillectomy..january 2012
For details see my posting.
Tonsil Biopsy 11/7/11
removal of lump and lymph node followed be tonsil removal side effects slight neck stiffness worse in cold weather also went for the perg tube early on which did help
Tonsillectomy April 2012 PEG tube fitted April 2012
Tonsillectomy - 11/14/11 - extreme sore throat, difficulty swallowing. Partial neck dissection 4/4/12 - removed cancerous lymph node (there were no remaining active cancer cells) and surrounding lymph nodes (all clean).
Diagnosed in August 2011, T&A and uvulectomy, excision and biopsies, 9 places, 6 were positive, FNA neck node, PEG 01-2012, 28 teeth removed prior to radiation
8/7/12-tonsilectomy and biopsies of throat and tongue; throat & tongue NED; cancer in left tonsil; 8/29/12-lymph node removal; one lymph node positive, others NED.
12/23/11 Suspension laryngoscopy with rigid esophagoscopy, transoral robotic surgery for left partial pharyngectomy and left-sided selective neck dissection, levels 2 through 4.
Biopsy of base of tongue and left tonsil.
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
8/10/12 Biopsy right neck excision, carcinoma in 3/4 lymph nodes. poorly differentiated cells. ECE + 10/10/12 TORS robotic surgery, right tonsillectomy/limited pharyngectomy/right hemiglossectomy. 11/2/12, selective neck dissection removal of 37 LN, no carcinoma seen. 11/16/12, TORS surgery, right radical tonsillectomy, base of tongue resection and limited pharyngectomy.
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
What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
VATS procedure 7-09
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
TAH/BSO Dec. 2010
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
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.
attempted hyster in oct-- endometriosis too involved too risky tocomplete -- closed and hoped other options would work
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.
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.
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
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 hysterectomy, July 17, 2005. I had a blood clot that travelled. Also still have a hernia from the surgery. Not to mention a very large scar on my abdomin.
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
25 June 2014 - Sore and tired afterwards, but relieved it was over
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.
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
I will be having surgery tomorrow morning at 6 am, December 21st, to make an opening in my uterus to allow them access to the tumor. I will be having high dose radiation twice daily for 3 days.
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy, and lymph node removal were performed for the endometrial cancer on Dec 5, 2013. Effects: pain, nausea, unable to void without catheterization, night sweats Subtotal Colectomy with Ileorectal Anastamoses (with temporary ileostomy) Dec 27, 2013 for the colon cancer (separate primary cancer)
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!
Surgery planned for August 12, 2009
Radical TAH/BSO Sept. 12 - lots of nausea and lack of appetite four weeks following.
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
Had surgery May 7th. Really sore afterwards, urinary incontinence, lots of vaginal bleeding, nausea, and very tired
Radical hysterectomy on August 6, 2012. Hot Flashes began 2 weeks later.
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
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
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 .
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
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.
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.
first byopsy to test and see what it might be and then a second to remove as much as possible.
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.
Open Biopsy, port placement
Lymph node extraction (left armpit); 07/22/2014
Surgical Removal on Feb 14th of 4cm neck mass in lymph node. Confirmd Hodgkin's
12/24/2013 - Core needle biopsy 1/2/2014 - Port placement
Removal of one axillary lymph node on May 17, 2010, for biopsy.
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.
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
amount of air i could take in and cardio
March 16, 2011: Lymph node biopsy and bone marrow aspiration.
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...
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
8/22/12 - Port placement
lymph node biopsy 3/22/10 medi-port put in 4/2/10 bone marrow biopsy 4/9/10
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.
Thoracotomy, on my birthday. I felt like I'd been caught in a bear trap.
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!!!
Lymph node excision/biopsy- 9.6.12, port placement 9.25.12, bone marrow biopsy 9.28.12
Lymphnode biopsy Bone marrow biopsy
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
To be diagnosed, I had a lymph node on the side of my neck removed to be tested in late October, 2008. That was what confirmed the diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma. I also had a (purple power) port placed in November then removed in July of 2009 after the treatments ended.
Just the initial biopsy and to put in a central line
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
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.
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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