What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
bilateral mastectomy, SNB, expander reconstruction.
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
March 28 2010 left Breast left the building.
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.
March 5 /02 was scheduled for a lumpectomy which was not successful waited till March 8th to be told I had cancer and that was on the telephone. March 11/02 I had a mastectomy.
December 17, 2008
Had a partial Lumpectomy on the right breast 9-2-09. Had an infection for a month.
Biopsy was the most painful surgery, including my mastectomy.
Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy, and drainage of multiple cysts that became huge during chemo. Second surgery for axillary dissection after final path report.
1st was 3/12/2010. Lumpectomy. 2nd was 6/8/2011. Lymph node removal. 17 was removed and 9 was positive. 3rd was 7/12/2012. Lymph node removal. 5 was removed, then found out metastasis in spine.
Mastectomy with reconstruction 10 years ago when I had breast cancer the first time.
Bilateral Mastectomy March 30, 2010 with left breast being prophylactic with immediate reconstruction. After 6 weeks of recovering from the mastectomy, I seen my oncologist and he decided since I was node negative to put me on tamoxifen due to the tumor size being so small plus my receptors were positive which is an aggresive form of cancer. I have been taking tamoxifen for 6 weeks now and feel pretty good, except for constipation and now take two laxative pills daily to help with this and just recently got hives. I am on steroids to get rid of those.
2013-2014: no surgery since mets diagnosis Lumpectomy & Sentinel Node removal . . .April 24, 2008. Most of the pain was from the incision where they took the lymph nodes, it hurt for quite a while. 2nd Surgery . . . May 30, 2008 . . . Lumpectomy Re-do . . . the margins from my first lumpectomy were very small, so they needed to take more tissue. Because I don't have a lot of tissue to take, he had to take extra skin from my breast and some muscle from my chest wall. The worst part about this surgery was the burning I would feel from the muscle behind my breast.
Needle biospy: Tumor too dense Core biospy: Negative results, me: relieved Lumpectomy: Positive, IDC. Mastectomy: 2 extra tumors found, TNBC
Mastectomy upcoming this week
too many surgeries. Since my recent diagnosis Feb 2, 2010 I have not had any surgeries. Nothing left to remove.
Bi-Lateral Mastectomy with Sentinel Node Biopsy. Followed by Axillary Node Dissection.
Double breast surgery June 19, 2007 with 34 lymph nodes removed. 31 were positive.
Bilateral Mastectomy and Recon not determined
1.Radical mastectomy October 24th 2007 Immediate reconstruction October 24th 2007 2.Reconstruction after Capsular Contracture following radiotherapy Jan 2008 3.Reconstruction surgery continued June 2008
Still waiting for Dr. recommendation and results of genetic testing.
Double mastectomy with node Bx. August 16, 2013. Tissue expanders put in day of surgery
lumpectomy and SNB all went well had trouble with drainage and had to have it drained a few times. Now having problem with fluid in breast
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.
Radical Hyst -- May 10th Partial Masectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy--July 19th
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.
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
june 2014 ..none
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.
lymph node removel
Surgery for fracture of femur
not a candidate for surgery because of location
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
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
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.
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
Remove her right lung
lower left lung lobe removed, 9/12/14, still in lots of pain 3 1/2 months later
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
No surgery is available in my Father's case.
She havent had any surgery yet,.
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
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
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 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
Removed Kidney, 1990, Tumor regrew by 2000, Cancer Matastized to Lungs, Kidney removal 2000, Lung Hot spot removed 2006. Exercise counteracted side effects.
lobectomy 9/24/09,massive infection removal & lobectomy 11/3/09
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.
Lymph node biopsy.
FNA then complete removal of lymph node. Bone marrow biopsy.
I've had so many surgeries it's not even funny. From the day the doctor called my mom and told her to get me to a hospital NOW, until today, I have been relentlessly tortured in every which way possible for the greater good or some bullshit like that. I had two biopsies in the same spot, one was with just shots and no numbing medication and ther other was actual open surgery. Then they had to clean it out because they didn't check it and it got infected and couldn't heal properly. Then it finally did, but then they had to open me up again to put my port in my chest but since my diagnosis, I've stopped working out. All I can do is eat and eat and eat because of the steroids they're giving me so Im growing immensely! Well, that tilted the port in my chest and they almost can't get to it so they may need to cut me open a fourth time. Everytime I go into surgery they put a long scope down my throat into my chest so I can breath is I start to slide. Well when they take it out, you wont be able to swallow your foods for the next 3 days or so. Waking up initially is scary to because there's something covoring your entire face and all you can see is up and hear groggy voices. you're in a lot of pain to.
July 12, 2013 Lymph node removed and biopsied.
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!
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
Kidney Transplant, 3/17/2004 Tonsilectomy Stomach Lymph Node Removal
Biopsy, port #1, port #1 removal, port #2
Had a colon infection and had a colostomy bag for about 3 months.. Then got it reversed
Lymph Node biopsy 9-2010 pain in groin Mediport chest insertion 9-2010 Bone Marrow biopsy 10-2010
None yet, not operable.
Lymph node biopsy on 11/14/12 Port install on 11/19/12
Removed 1 lymph node for biopsy, installed port in chest,bone marrow aspiration.To much cancer to operate.
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.
12/27 - Fine needle and Core biopsy - insufficient for diagnosis 1/08 Lymph node biopsy - negative results 1/14 Mediasteinoscopy - Diagnosis NHL
Mai02 : very small lymph node removal from neck --- NHL was detected Jul07 : lymph node removal for evaluation of cancer stage.
Had SO MANY SURGERIES. two to remove the lump on neck, one because the doctor suspected appendicitis, and two on the intestines, apparently still bleeding after the first, so have to reOPEN and reDO
None that where too bad. A tonsillectomy to serve as a biopsy.
Port placement May 2011 Bone marrow Biopsy May 2011
Lymph node biopsies / Bone marrow biopsy -8/09
Mediastinoscopy Port Placement
perotid gland removed (May, 2007), relapse (April, 2011) lump removed from eye area
Lymph Node Surgery Feb 15th 2011.
two sergical biopsys, breast lumpectomy
Port in right arm 08/2008 it got infected and developed a clot and was removed. Port in chest 10/2008
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 cancer was encapsulated within the kidney therefor they removed the kidney, adrenal gland, and the gall bladder. I had a chest tube and was in ICU for several days.
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
right nephrectomy--hand assisted laparoscopic 4/4/11. Recovery was fine.
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
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.
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
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!
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.
Radical nephrectomy right, 02/02; lumpectomy chest, 11/07; partial nephrectomy left, 02/11; lumpectomy abdomen and bowel resection, 02/14
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
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.
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
December 1, 2008, Right Nephrectomy through an open midline incision 15.5 inch zipper through my middle :)
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.
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.
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
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.
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
Whipple May 13, 2014
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, March 2008
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
Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
Whipple Surgery he did remarkably well only pain from scar areas.
surgery not an option
had tuomor and part of pancreas and 9 lymph nodes along with spleen removed in Dec. 2001...just post-op pain...Dec. 2005 R.F.A. on liver along with resection...same with post-op
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
Whipple, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
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.
Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
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.
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.
Laparoscopy 3/4/09. Anticipated debulking surgery will be July 2009 after 6 rounds of chemo.
10 inch incision on lower stomach. The doctors found a 22cm tumor surrounding my right ovary, removed it cleanly along with my appendix and right fallopian tube.
rt ovary and tube removal, just returing to work, I tought I was ready, but I got soo tired my first day back on Friday 3/29/2007, mabey with so much going on.
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.
complete hysterctomy, instant menopause
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.
total hysterectomy et al. 9/18/09
Surgery removing one ovary and tumar attached to it.
Removal of ovary, fallopian tube, and lymphnodes
07/02/09: removal of tumor, right ovary & right fallopian tube (unilateral salpingo-oopherectomy), appendix, lymph nodes, and omentum
My mom was in surgery about 5 days later. By this time she was absolutely miserable b/c of the fluid which had built up in her belly. My mom is a tiny woman, 5ft and just over 100lbs and the doctor removed 6 LITERS of fluid during the surgery. She also removed, in her words, "anything that my mom didn't need" which included: ovaries, F tubes, uterus, cervix, appendix, omentum, and any cancer that had "planted" itself on her lining, diaphram, and colon intestines. (Just in case there is anyone out there who is clueless like I was: She did this with a suction devise that she said literally sucks the cancer right off. She also explained that just because the cancer is on the surface of an area or organ does not mean that it has metastasized to that organ/area. That was much welcomed news to me!)
Removal of left ovary 06/2007... (Football sized dysgerminoma tumor located on left ovary which grew all the way around healthy ovary) 6 inch incision on lower abdomen.
Right ovary removal on Oct 8th. Maybe more, won't know till after surgery.
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.
August 20, 2014 Complete and total hysterectomy, removal of tubes, ovaries, cervix, uterus, lymph nods, appendix . Very few side effects. Had one de-solving stitch that took a while to de-solve and caused a sharp piercing pain in the incision area for about 2 months. Have had some cold sweats which may be caused from chemo. Will no more when chemo and effects have subsided. Sept. 26, 2014 Med-Port was put in on right shoulder area. Chemo starred Oct. 2, 2014.
Complete debulking and 2 laperoscopies
TAH/BSO 08.06.2010 iv. Port 09.05.2010 Ascites paracentesis 10.29.2010 Ascites paracentesis 12.23.2010
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.
Jan. 5th: Tumor, right ovary, right fallopian, and a bit of intestine removed.
I had one overy and tumor removed in june and then i had staging sergery and three little tumors removed in july
Partial hysterectomy - they took everything but my uterus getting ready for another surgery
Left ovary and Fallopian tube removed. Post surgery abdominal pain and fatigue.
4 major abdominal surgeries: permanent problems digesting
2/16/05 - Left Ovary, falopian tube, pelvic tissue, lymph nodes removed Side effects, horrible scar, numb skin. 9/24/08 - full hysterectomy
Had exploratory laporatomy on 1/3/12 - removed omentum and multiple lymph nodes. No further evidence of cancer was found!
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Total Thyroidectomy, 07/06/2007 - 15 weeks pregnant
August 1 and Sept 12, 2006 Dr and Hospital acted like they never had thyroid patients. Were nasty and rude to me. Almost died.
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.
7/15/10 - Total Thyroidectomy
Excision of lymph node from right side of neck 7/21/2009; resultant pathology showed metastatic papillary carcinoma of thyroid in a lympht node. TT and right modified neck dissection 10/26/2009; multilple positive lymph nodes and primary tumor identified in right lobe of thyroid- papillary ca, follicular variant, only 4.5mm, and tiny .2mm met in left lobe of thyroid. Resulting side effect: hypocalcemia, hopefully temporary, requiring some iv infusions while in hospital, and continued p.o. supplements for now
My surgery went well. It was on July 29th, 2008
Completed thyroidectomy on 2/24/10 was a breeze. Vocal chord damage.
Full Thyroid Removal
Bilateral neck dissection 4/2/09. Minimal side effects; just a continuous itch in my throat that is only relieved with continuous coughing.
Set. 28 2010 full radical neck disection lympadenctmy, 39 lymph nodes ,full thyrodectomy Feb 2012 neck disection lympadenctmy 12 more. Still a lot left.
Removal of 3 1/2 parathyroid glands and a mass located above the thyroid gland.
Surgery date was election day....November 6th 2012. I spent three nights at UCLA Medical Center.
Right lobectomy In February 2011. Tumors were benign, but thyroid was cancerous. Complete thyroidectomy and neck dissection on March 17, 2011 showed that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Really tired and sore, hot flashes, but mostly just really tired. I'm now off of my medds and on the no sodium torture dietawaiting RAI treatment at the end of the month!
Thyroidectomy, May 21, 2014
4/27/10: Fine needle biopsy of lump 6/04/10: Total thyroidectomy
6 surgeries in 2 years. Another one to follow in Jan.
Left side lobectomy, 7/14/14--terribly sore throat and neck. Lost one parathyroid in surgery. Thyroidectomy completion, 8/18/14--low calcium, lost a second parathyroid. Headaches, stomach cramping.
Total thyroidectomy, parathyroid gone crazy, calcium loss, re-hospitalized
Thyroidectomy with neck dissection scheduled May 9, 2011
Thyroidectomy October 9 and November 15th, 2012, sightly tired one week only
Total Thyroidectomy, March 15, 2005, excessive calcionemia which extended hospital stay by 3 days.
June 9, 2008: Subtotal Thyroidectomy August 21, 2009: Substantial Thyroidal Mass Surgery
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...
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.
Tumor removal through surgery. She suffered from seizures, a skull fracture, kidney stones, a uti, headaches, constipation, gas, severe short term memory loss, hallucinations, left sided weakness, and has a tube from her head that is draining fluids.
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.
Craniotomy and resection on 12/1/2010
Surgery performed on 3/2/07 - full tumor was removed and biopsied. It came back maligant, GBM WHO Stage 4, which is terminal within a few months.
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
January 10th, 1996. Staten Island University Hospital
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
Tumour Resection & Craniotomy - November 25, 2011 - She stuttered, eyes weak and struggled with walking Central Venous Line Insertion - Dec. 16
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
Emergency brain surgery on June 12, 2004 After surgery Michael had a stroke. Now uses a walker.
First removeal was on April 13, 2011 - he was told it did not look like cancer or anything that would ever grow back and to go home and relax! Second surgery August 15th tumor was the size of a golf ball. Surgeon had pathology results of cancer on August 25th 2011 but it was not told to him until his family dr finally got the pathology and called him in on October 6th 2011. Told him it was Stage III anaplastic glioma ... later find out that it is stage IV.
Surgery: 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.
removed 85% from right frontal lobe about 4 weeks ago. 20/11/2012. no pain but a very strange experience. felt very detached from myself for 3weeks and very tired and forgetful. seem to be wearing off but still need lots of sleep!
craniotomy on 1/30/09 with ability to speak better immediately but still needs lots of speech therapy.
Mom had resection of tumor
july 18th removed tumor on right side of brain,Aug.18th in hospital for 5 days with allergic reaction to dilantin,Sept 20th restapled incision because it wasn't healing from her diabeties.
Oct 8th 2008 Reading Pa Sept 23rd 2009 Balt MD
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.
Biopsy done and shes never been the same. Not a candidate for recession
After sugery I just had to keep the would clean. Very forgetful after surgery and was put on disablity after surgery.
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
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.
laparoscopically assisted sigmoid colectomy 6/26/09
February 8 Right hemicolectomy June 22 9 RF liver ablations open surgery
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
laparoscopically assisted sigmoid colectomy 5/11/09, successful, home in 4 days, no ill effects so far
January 12, 2010. Removal of tumor in colon/rectum. had to remove approximately 8 inches of colon/rectum.
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
Transanal resection October, 2009.
rectum incision 3-march 2010
Port Placement - September 4,2008/Tumor removal & colon resection, iliestomy, and a hysterectomy - December 5th, 2008
First surgery was 1/6/14 to remove large mass and create an ileostomy. Surgery went great(Robotic--6 hours) but my body didn't want to be as positive about everything. Lost all appetite for several days and then began vomiting if I drank any fluids. After doing a Small Bowel xray, found a small narrowing near the site of the ileostomy but was believed to be swelling. I would actually have a few good days here and there which made me feel like I was improving and just had to wait for my body to respond to this new life. Remained in the hospital for 9 days but was hoping to leave after 4 or 5. After I got home, the ileostomy bag---which is no fun, but only temporary, would do it's thing for the most part but there were days where I would get little to nothing in the bag for a whole day. That's when I knew something wasn't right. Eventually it would start working so the surgeon kept a very close eye on progress. Suddenly, on the 3rd week post op, I started cramping which increased over a 3 day period to the point it felt I was having labor pains every 4 to 6 minutes. I couldn't sleep, eat or rest at any point but I was determined to handle this on my own and get thru it. Not a smart move. Finally made an appointment with my surgeon( who I love) on the 3rd day from Hell, he took one look at me and said we need to do emergency surgery and reverse the ileostomy. I had a small bowel obstruction after all. My tumor was so close to the sphincter muscle that he was afraid I hadn't given the surgical area enough time to heal but the reversal actually went well. Obviously if the sphincter muscle isn't strong, it can result in fecal incontinance. That second surgery was 1/31/14. Had a third surgery on 2/21/14 to place a Purple power port and do an anal dilatation because I was getting very uncomfortable in the anal region. Sadly, another complication I am dealing with is a neurogenic bladder, meaning I haven't been able to empty my bladder normally since the first surgery. My urologist believes this will return to normal but can't give me any time frame to expect. Having to self cath myself at this time, which isn't horrible but not very practical or convenient when working full time and being very active.
Resection surgery on September 17th.
October 7, 2010- Port Implant February 8, 2011- Colon resection resulting in a permanent colostomy (which I was in hopes to avoid)
1/6/2006-total hystorectomy; 8 inches of colon removed; rectum removed; temporary iliostomy bag 5/4/2006-colon pull-through (re-connected my colon to my sphincter muscles - NOT MY RECTUM - DON'T HAVE ONE!!!
I had the tumor removed on Sept 7, 2010 and had Ileostomy surgery the same day
Nov 2006 Right Hemi colectomy, July 2008 Laparotomy, May 2009 Whipple, Feb 2009 Cyberknife Pancreatitis June 2009, collapsed lung
2/8/14 - Colon resection performed to remove the cancerous mass. 63cm of colon and 30 lymph nodes removed. Only 1 node had signs of cancer.
6-03 stage 3 colon cancer. Removed right colon, gallbladder, ovaries and lymph nodes (one positve) 12-06 stage 4 colon/liver cancer. Had 1/3 liver removed and swollen nodes near by (positive). Detected by CEA blood test-the pet scan. Did 28 days of radiation, then onto oral chemo therapy. I take Xeloda 21 days a month. I have been on this now for 8 months. Febuary 08- spread to lungs--now on chemo therapy IV's (folfox6, Avastin 5FU-levo and Oxi) 6 hours one day-4 hours next day and wear fanny pack filled with chemo for 48 hours at the same time as treatments. I do this every other week.
Bowel resection in August with (hopefully) temporary colostomy bag. Liver resection with gall blader removal October
12 inches of the sigmoid colon was removed on 1/16/2012. It was able to be reattached without the need of a colostomy.
Anticipated mid Aug 2010. See surgeon July 26th for testing to determine results of chemo & radiation
Hemicolectomy 17 Sept. '09 Loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, high heart rate, loss of energy, vomiting.
July 5th he had colon surgery. He liver has various lesions. Not operable.
Emergency colostomy on 9/11/09. No real side effects other than the basic lifestyle changes that a colostomy can bring.
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.
Not an option......
Total Vaginal Radical Hysterectomy, kept one ovary, lymph node removal 9/2010
Radical hysterectomy, pelvic lymph node removal on May 19, 2008
Have'nt begun any test as of yet. Will start this week.
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
not an option
Cold Knife Cone biopsy. D@C and hscope all rolled into 1. June 3rd. Side affects... I felt like I had just had a baby for about a week after. crampy.
radical hysterectomy in Dec. 2005, removal of pelvic lymph nodes, removal of 1/3 of bladder.
5/5/12 radical robotics assisted (Davinci) hysterectomy (kept my ovaries).
Colposcopy on Dec 5. Large biopsy of Cervix via LEEP Procedure January 29. Results came back positive for Cancer on February 12, 2013.
Robotic assisted radical trachelectomy, lymph node dissection, staging, bilateral ureteral stent placement & removal and cystoscopy (April 28th, 2011)
2006 - stage 1B1: radical hysterectomy, bilateral oophorectomy, pelvic lymph node removal. 2008 - laser vaporization. 2014 - diagnosis of recurrent metastatic cervical cancer.
Removal of 10c tumor. 9-8-10
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!!!
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
Oct 23 2009 Radical Hysterectomy and pelvic lymph dissection Oct 20 2010 Para-Aotic Lymph dissection
I did 6 wks chemo and five weeks radiation. I had to do radiation every weekday for five weeks. I did chemo five times, it was every Monday for three hours. I would not do the port they put in your chest, I took and Iv in the arm. They gave me two bags saline solution, one bag steroid and one bag of the chemo drug cisplatin.
Radical hysterectomy - May 15 2006day after Mother's Day, ironically), Ureteral stent placement-November 2008
Colposcopy May 09 - two biopsies were taken, one was normal, one was moderate to severe. Cone biopsy of the cervix- Aug 14, 2009
laporoscopy to remove lymph nodes caused dead legs.....
not an option...
January 2014- surgery unsuccessful. Rumored had spread out of vagina. Per dr best way to treat now is with chemo and radiation.
Chemotherapy, Radiation, and internal radiation
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!
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 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.
None was required.
Port placement Nov. 22, 2011
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.
Surgery set for January 2010, complete removal of rectal arrea,as well as all lymph nodes, and permanent colostomy due to location of tumor.
Biopsy on Friday. This is my second biopsy since Nov. 2009. The doctors thought my cancer went away as it did not show on PET SCANS. I tried to tell them that Radiation softened the Tumor and that the Tumor was shaved off by brutally rough bowel movements.
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
colonoscopy with biopsy
March 20, 2009 - Biopsy of fissure tissure
October 23rd 2009 - Colorectal specialist thought it was a fatty tumor. With none of the removal being within margins.
Colostomy/biopsy on Oct. 4 2012
1st surgery 2 years ago non cancerous, 2nd last year noncancerous. now 8-11 anal cancer. pet scan sched for 8-17
May 1, 2013. Still painful at site of surgery. They thought they removed a hemmorhoid.
removal of tumor 9/13/2010, originally told precancerous-3 biospies done, a week after surgery told cancer cells found
I haven't had surgery yet, but will have a large portion of the rectum and anal canal removed to to the high recurrence rate of this type of cancer
July and October 2012. Many infections including VRE, C. difficile ,sepsis ((from candida) weight loss of 30 lbs, semi-vegetative state, hematuria, more surgeries to lysis infections, adhesions. Near death before transfer out of Yale Hospital and moved to Lenox Hill Hospital where my life was saved.
12/17 had excisional biopsy. 12/19 surgeon called stating it was invasive and needing chemo radiation therapy. Met with heme oncologist and rad oncologist yest. PET scan yest too- yay-no lymph nodes involved! Still trying to get colitis under control with prednisone then will start treatment in about two wks.
Excision Surgery and further examination. Margings were clear so no Chemo for me! Tons of pain after surgery. Getting better every day.
tumour resection 16.7.09
Lesions removed from liver
* May 19/09: consultation with 'roid specialist/surgeon including needle biopsy * Jun 4/09: results "pre-malignant" * Jun 8/09: surgery: full bioposy of 2 polyps which were removed; squamous cell carcinoma; one: 2 X 1.1 X 1, the other 2 X 1 X 0.9 * Jun 19/09: diagnosis: cancer of anus
local excision 10/27/11. Knew it would be bad but it was worse than I expected. Surgeon did not get a clean margin.
No surgery at this time.
Port-a-Cath placement for chemo tx.
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.
tonsillectomy via robotics and lymph node removal - 12/23/11
Surgical Biopsy 8/15/13
robotic tonsillectomy 11/23/10 with a modified radical neck followed immediately by a nerve transplant from greater auricular to facial.
26 Feb 2008 radical neck dissection of right side of neck, Bilateral Tonsillectomy. The neck dissection took the right jugglar, muscle, 80 nodes, the 12th spinal accessory nerve, which paralyzed my right trapezius muscle which has resulted in the right should slumping forward somewhat, asome range of motion issues. The bilateral tonsillectomy, too the tonsillar pillar and to ensure that I had a clean margin, around the right tonsil, the 5th nerve was removed which handle the function of the right side of my tounge, which has faciltated some difficulties in swallowing.
tonsil and lymph nodes removed
Husband found lump on neck 11/08. Jerked around by ENT surgeon for 6mths. 6/29/09 lump,diagnosed as a branchial cleft cyst, was removed. The cyst was actually a lymph node and they removed a 2nd cyst Still has 2x3cm tumor on base of tongue.
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
Radical Neck Dissection, April 7,2010, Tightness of the jaw, constant pulling sensation, crooked smile, occasional head aches.
modified radical neck dissection left..tonsillectomy..january 2012
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
radical neck dissection and skin graft
Removal of one lymph node in upper neck for biopsy, 9-8-11. Then tonsillectomy, modified neck dissection (one side) and parotidectomy (one side).
June 10, 2009 - right side tonsillectomy.
Radical neck dissection and partial tongue removal. Eat soft foods mostly, farina, eggs, soups. Hard to swallow. Slight speech impediment. Right side of tongue is numb from nerves being destroyed.
4/8/13 Laryngoscopy & Tonsil biopsies with possible rt. tonsillectomy- (frozen section was neg. so tonsil wasn't removed) Bx report showed Positive CD-20 B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder. I had some pain. 5/6/13 Right tonsillectomy - I had pain and at times it was difficult. I had no vomiting or bleeding.
Tonsil Biopsy 11/7/11
Surgery went great. Left tonsil removed and 22 lymp nodes.
tonsillectomy 09/09/08 bilateral neck dissetion after chemo and radiation completed
still to come
Modified Neck dissection and bilateral tonsillectomy on February 5. Three full weeks to recover. Still have scar tissue, shoulder pain but no lasting effects.
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
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.
2/20/12 Tonsillectomy confirmed SCC, primary tumor 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.6cm. Surgeon is comfortable with margin taken and is convinced he got the entirety of the primary. Already met with Oncology dentist. My teeth are fine and nothing has to go.
What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
VATS procedure 7-09
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Hysterectomy with bso June 25, 2010. Laproscopic surgery. Lymph node dissection. Surgeon said he thought they caught it early, as in most cases. Pathology came back July 6. Stage IIIC2 with positive nodes in pelvis & periaoritic. Seriously? Yes :(
January 29, 2014; few side effects
Hysterectomy was not possible. June 2010 bowel obstruction - colostomy
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
Had surgery May 7th. Really sore afterwards, urinary incontinence, lots of vaginal bleeding, nausea, and very tired
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.
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.
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
Dec. 17, 2008 - complete hysterectomy (post-menopause) ~because mom is diabetic, her incision took 6 months to heal before starting radiation. July 27, 2009 - mom went into surgery to have metal rods placed in arm and leg.
I will receive Hysterectomy after Chemo is complete
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
Hysterectomy, lymph node removal
Lap + vaginal removal of uterus. 6 wks to recover. My surgeon is fantastic!
laproscopy complete hysterectomy
Surgery planned for August 12, 2009
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.
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.
25 June 2014 - Sore and tired afterwards, but relieved it was over
Hysterectomy is not an option Emergency surgery bowel obstruction - colostomy 02.05.2011 Ureterstent 02.21.2011
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.
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...
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
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
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.
Thoracotomy, on my birthday. I felt like I'd been caught in a bear trap.
CT Biopsy (March 2008) inconclusive, Biopsy of the sacrum (April 2008), Port inserted (June 2008), Port extracted (July 2010).
Port placement October 18th ~thankfully no side effects as of yrt. Egg retrieval completed on November 13th with a total of 34 fertilized eggs :)~ very painful recovery, uncomfortable, daily injections, complete bed rest for 4 days after..
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
Removal of one axillary lymph node on May 17, 2010, for biopsy.
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
Hodgekin's - 1975,1976 removal of tumors, spleenectomy, liver resection. Uterine - 2005 hysterectomy, oophorectomy. Thyroid - 2007 thyroidectomy with parathyroids. Stent placement for aortic dissection - 2010. Skin - continuing Moh's.
Tracheotomy was done as my Trachea was nearly closed by the pressure of tumor.Central Vena Cava vein is still closed
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
Lymphectomy, 10/3/13, pain was the only side effect
Open Biopsy, port placement
8/22/12 - Port placement
amount of air i could take in and cardio
Lymph node removal Bone marrow biopsy Portacath
Traciodomy- collapsed lung
March 16, 2011: Lymph node biopsy and bone marrow aspiration.
Excisional biopsy of right node-- 1/6/15 Port Placement -- 1/8/15
Lymph node removed on April 3, 2012 Port a cath put in on April 10, 2012 Bone marrow biopsy on April 20, 2012
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!!!
i had lypmnodes removed removed on my neck and under my right arm January 29th, 2011. Positive for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. And March 29th, I had the port for the chemotherapy put in.
Lymph node excision/biopsy- 9.6.12, port placement 9.25.12, bone marrow biopsy 9.28.12
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.
6/7/2012 Had needle biopsy done on R supraclavicular node 6/15/2012 Dr informed me I had Cancer~ Hodgkin's lymphoma 6/21/2012 Had R supraclavicular node removed & sent to Mayo clinic.
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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