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What are Cancer Surgeries? List from Cancer Survivors.

Breast Cancer Surgeries

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.



Bilateral mastectomy November 7, 2011. I chose this route because my sister died from breast cancer and I didn't want to risk having it return to the other breast. I also had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Side effects = more pain and discomfort for longer than I'd like. It interferes with every aspect of my life.
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
lumpectomy, iort radiation at time of surgery, reconstruction then additional auxiliary lymph node dissection. ***Terrible arm pain.
Have not had surgery yet. Currently doing treatments to shrink the tumor before surgery.
Unilateral mastectomy (October 2008) with immediate reconstruction with tissue expander which was replaced with silicone implant July 2009.
Lumpectomy,with sentinal node biopsey followed by re-excession to obtain clear margins.
Lumpectomy and bilateral breast reduction 9/22/11. Procedure was done as a day patient and was extremely painful.
All went well.
1/24/07 - Lump was removed and biospied 2/13/07 - Lumpectomy with axillary disection
bilateral mastectomy, SNB, expander reconstruction.
5 cycles chemo, double mastectomy, 25 doses radiation. Hair and nail loss, intense bone pain, shortness of breath,fatigue, emotional turmoil.
Bilateral mastectomy and expander implant in 2/10
Lumpectomy on Jan 15th,201
Double mastectomy with node Bx. August 16, 2013. Tissue expanders put in day of surgery
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.
2/6/03 ~ wake up not initially that fun, adjusting to meds, draining weird to me, scary.......but, determined to use my left arm!
Excision 11/2, then re-excision 11/15, then bilateral mastectomy 12/15 when they couldn't get everything. Also had port placement in my left subclavian.
12/05/2011 Double
Lumpectomy and nodal dissection Sept 24, 2009. No side effects other than drainage and mooshed up boobs from the bandages.
Bilateral Mastectomy 2-8-06
see bio
Well, actually, the place where you enter the profile doesn't have enough options :) In November, 2011, lumpectomy at an outpatient clinic. Very easy. Clinic and doctor were great. Staff however, called me the day before to discuss money (I have insurance), which made things more stressful. They wanted cash up front, even though the insurance totally paid for it. They send a refund 2 months later.
I opted to have both my breasts removed and my ovaries. Reconstructed. Doing OK with that right now. But still not the same. At least I'm alive for kids.
lumpectomy feb 2009 super surgery i put lavender on it hemp oil asap
got to do it, accept it, move forward each day, little by little

Prostate Cancer Surgeries

What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

attempted prostate removal in Dec 2010, it was abondoned due cancer already found outside the capsule, lymph nodes imlications
Open radical retropubic prostatectomy, Sept. 11, 2007.
Retropubic Radical Protateclocy December 16 2008, Scaring and some pain when walking. Not much at all.
Invasive. Post op issues : mild incontenence, ED and depression
Side effects: some scare tissue in bladder, stress incontinence
Had three gold markers inserted around April or May, 2113, followed by some bleeding and soreness that passed in a couple of days.
attempted removal of prostate, found adjacent lympnodes involed, abandoned removal....started hormone theraphy 01/06
Schedule May 2007
Have not chosen treatment. Leaning towards removal of the prostate
catheter--pain--relapse 2nd week--rushed to hospital--blood sugar drop to 40/60--death immenient --wife arrived in time--more treatments
Radical Prostatectomy, 27th October 2011.
Da Vinci Robotic Controlled prostatectomy, November 2012. Cathererized 1 week. Regained full bladder control almost immediately. Kegel exercises highly recommended

Lung Cancer Surgeries

What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Mediastinoscopy/bronchoscopy 4/5--No side effects
Remove her right lung
lymph node removel
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
My surgery date was on October 6, 2010. The surgeon did a lobectomy on my right lung, where the two spots were located. My side effects were that I had extreme pain in my side, difficulty breathing, and even pain in my right arm. The pain from the surgery went away after about two weeks, but I still have shortness of breath because I am missing part of my lung- go figure.
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
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 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.
9 yrs ago-ipsilateral thyroidectomy, radical neck dissection, 2 thyroplasties. Jun-08-pnuemonectomy w/ part of my pericardium and diaphram removed. OUCH!!!!!!
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
not a candidate for surgery because of location
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
removal of the tumor in my pelvis and the superior remus bone of the pelvis (july '07), side effect is continuing pain in left hip, removal of left adrinal gland (sept '09)- no side effects
june 2014 ..none
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
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.
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage

Bladder Cancer Surgeries

What Bladder Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

They removed the tumor by going throught the urethral tube. October 30th 07 was my surgery date and I had a great doctor. I had chemo injected into my bladder right after surgery as a preventive method. I had a hysterectomy in Feb 08 as a preventive surgery because of where the tumor had been removed from. The recovery for this was 12 weeks long and very painful. Still have side-effects from that last surgery.
First Surgery 3.5 years ago to remove two tumors. BCG treatments to follow. Not much pain other than the catheter. Second surgery on the bladder to remove a tumor November 18, 2010
TURBT Cath five days, burning when voiding once removed ach in bladder regions urgency to 4 minutes or less at times for 24 hours. blood and clots when voiding
Went in for a biopsy, stayed for the removal, never looked back. God is good! Now every 6 months I get scoped. After the last check up Doc says every 12 for a scope every 6 for a pee test. Boy am I gonna miss getting scoped. The thing looks like a straw and feels like a sewer line.
Removal of cancer6 weeks rest

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

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

Excisional Biopsy on January 18th, results came back as no evidence of lymphoma. Still felt sick, had another biopsy on February 18th and then got diagnosed with lymphoma.
Bone Aspiration 7/16/12. Double Port insertion 7/30/12. Rod insertion in right humerous after break at tumor 8/6/12.
lymph node removal for biopsy (2) bone marrow biopsy, installation of a port a cath.
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
Partial Gastrectomy, Vagotomy, Pyloroplasty in October 2008 to remove tumor and adjacent lymph nodes.
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
Polyp removed during colonoscopy.
Lymph node biopsies / Bone marrow biopsy -8/09
Had a colon infection and had a colostomy bag for about 3 months.. Then got it reversed
December 16, 2010 removal of enlarged lymph node on the lower left side of my neck, just above the collar bone
Biopsy, 14/11/11
March 2014-Fine needle bioposy. Upcoming: May 15, 2014 Bone Marrow Biopsy. May 29,2014 Full excision of lymph node in my neck.
None that where too bad. A tonsillectomy to serve as a biopsy.
5/14/2014 for suspicion of new cancer. Outpatient procedure.
Lymph node removal and biopsy 3 bone marrow biopsies
Port implantation surgery.
Mediastinoscopy Port Placement
Excisional 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.
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
lymph node biopsy to my neck 25th May 2010. Apart from some discomfort, nothing. Sub-Pectoral lymph node biopsy and axillary nodes 6th September 2010.much more painfull as the other lump was in an awkward position.
Numbness around chin
Surgery March 2002, excisional. Initially dx as benign.

Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Surgeries

What Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Lymph node biopsy and re-excision in May 2007, 2 days after coming home from Honeymoon
Nov.1997 -Re-excision Surgery, with scalp sweep and skin graft- 2cc down, 4" wide. Aug. 2010 -Re-excision Surgery between eyes on forehead. sz of pea
January 4/08, scrape biopsy, Jan.10 call from derm saying positive Melanoma, Stage 1A, Clarks II, had Wide excision on Jan.15/08, tumor on adrenal gland Feb/08
Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4×4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.
Lung: Right lower lobe removed (Lobectomy).
Tissue and tumor removal on Feb 9th 2010, lymph node removal on April 16th
Skin excision and sentinal node biopsy, all negative.
had a very small mole removed on my cheek 2.5 years ago.One year later check up showed the bugger got away.Melanoma
So far only the mole removal.
Wide excision and sentinel node biopsy May 23, 2008
Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4 x 4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.

Kidney Cancer Surgeries

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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!
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
Nephrectomy of the left kidney April 09. The tumor was only 3cm but involved 6.5cm including cortical swelling. Due to its location it destroyed the collective duct and the hole kidney had to be remove along with the adrenal gland. The normal side effects from a nephrectomy are present. An unexpected side effect is irretractable hiccups, for the past three years that still proceed. Due to my "stone former" status I have to follow the precautionary diet to prevent me from forming new kidney stones
Left nephrectomy
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
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
no surgery
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
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.
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
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).
Partial right nephrectomy 6/14/13
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.
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.
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
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.
Scheduled for an open partial nephretomy on April 21st, 2011
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.
3/25/14
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.
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010

Pancreas Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
Whipple May 13, 2014
Whipple 4/24/14
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
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.
Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
Inoperable
had tuomor and part of pancreas and 9 lymph nodes along with spleen removed in Dec. 2001...just post-op pain...Dec. 2005 R.F.A. on liver along with resection...same with post-op
whipple 4/27/2011
exploratory surgery
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
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.
Gallbladder surgery that discovered the tumors, urethral stent implanted.No side effects.
Whipple Surgery he did remarkably well only pain from scar areas.
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
Whipple, October 2008
surgery not an option
Inoperable
LAPROSCOPIC DISTAL
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
had an ERCP and had a stint put in my bile duct, since mass was pushing on it the duct and caused liver problems. became johndis until stint was put in and took a few weeks to get better before chemo could start.
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.

Oral Cancer Surgeries

What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Partial Maxillectomy
Hemiglossectomy - with rebuild from a forearm flap - a left neck dissection 40 nodes removed. One node positive with ECE. Tumor removed with clear margins. No pain though I had a trache, for 5 days - Very frustrating - mostly numbness, stiffness, in neck, stitches in mouth, and drooling like a dog! Surgery 2/4/2011 released 2/14/2011.
8/30/2012. Removed lump in gum, surrounding tissue and margins, scraped jawbone, reconstructed gum over jawbone using remaining gum and mucosa from beneath tongue. Rapid swelling ensued, ended up in ICU for 24 hrs.
Inoperable
I had part of the upper palate removed on June 12th, 2007 at UCLA by the Head and Neck surgeon Dr Abemayor, who told me " The body is a wonderful healing machine" and it is.
Radiacal neck dissesection and tonsilectomy
No surgery
Partial neck disection with lymph node removal, may 2009.
Removal of tumor 3/8/2012. With lymph node dissection. Reconstructive Surgery, tracheotomy, feeding tube insert. 12 hour surgery. 9 days in hospital. Recoup for a month at home, then Radiation treatment
Modified radical neck dissection. This was a cake walk compared to the radiation.
3 inch incission to remove lump x 2. No side effects.

Ovarian Cancer Surgeries

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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 23, 2004 and June 29, 2004. Infection, hernia, bed sores and alot of pain.
I had a partial hysterectomy 2 years prior to finding out about the cancer. During the surgery they removed some of my peritoneum and omentem and both ovaries. All were found to be cancerous.
12-01-08: debulking operation, everything removed, both ovaries, uterus, lymfe, spots on liver and I had a lung drain (3liters of flued with cancer cells) juli 09: one breast removed
May, 1998 hysterctomy; July, 1999 corrective surgery; abdominoplasty to help with healing. 2005 double mastectomy; floating met.
7/14/11. Removed grapefruit sized ovarian tumor and full hysterectomy including lymph node removal.
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!)
Laparoscopy 3/4/09. Anticipated debulking surgery will be July 2009 after 6 rounds of chemo.
Feb 2010- total abdominal hysterectomy, hemicolectomy, appendix also removed. 2 litres of ascitic fluid drained.
Had exploratory laporatomy on 1/3/12 - removed omentum and multiple lymph nodes. No further evidence of cancer was found!
12/8/2008- Complete Hysterectomy (only able to remove 80% of cancer, mainly because 2 large-ish tumors were on my mom's stomach lining and removal would have allegedly caused too much damage)
Salpingo Oophorectomy, right ovary, July 8 2009
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
2010 TAH/BSO 2011 Pelvic exenteration - colostomy urostomy
Keloid
August 2007, September 2008, October 2009
Complete hysterectomy with both Ovaries removed. Side effects was a jump right into menopause complete with hot flashes, mood swings and because my hormones were out of whack depression.
1/24/08 ER visit - removed R ovary intact! 2/29 (Leap Day!) Total Hysterectomy and debulking.
October 24, 2011 surgery for hysterectomy and omendectomy
TAH/BSO July 2009 tot. pelvic exenteration August 2010
Debulking 6/1/10; recurrent bowel mass removed 3/12.
Jan. 5th: Tumor, right ovary, right fallopian, and a bit of intestine removed.
3/13/08 did the surgery on friday the 13th lol it was a success cancer is gone ill be in remission in 6 mos cuz i have to do chemo for 6 mos MORE
June 28, 2010. 1) Exploratory Laparotomy (ex-lap) 2) Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) 3) Bilateral Salpingo Oopherectomy (BSO) 4) Lymph Node Dissection (LND) 5) Omentectomy 6) Appendectomy
Hysterecomy

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

thyroidectomy 2006, second thyroidectomy 2007
Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital,Oct. 21, 2009. Total thyroidectomy, bilateral central & right lateral neck dissection, autotransplant of one parathyroid.Removal of 75 lymph nodes; 26 malignant
I had a total thyroidectomy in April. They also removed twenty-some lymph nodes on the left side of my neck.
Completed thyroidectomy on 2/24/10 was a breeze. Vocal chord damage.
Had my first surgery in May 2010 to remove a non-cancerous mass (which was found by accident). However during my followup appointment was informed the pathology report came back positive and had to have another surgery
Total Thyroidectomy with a neck Disection twice
Total thyroidecomy + right neck dissection. No side effects. October 2012. 24 nodes positive out of 37 removed. extrathyroidal and extranodal extension present.
7/15/10 - Total Thyroidectomy
Had a Right Hemi Thyroidectomy and will be having the left thyroid removed in the near future.
Aug. 15, 2008. Total thyroidectomy with left neck dissection. Side effects: keloid scar (greatly improved with steroid shots and pressure bandages), range of motion problems, voice problems, diminished parathyroid function. I take calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
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.
March 28th half thyroid was removed along with lymphnodes and on April 4th the other half was removed with more lympnodes
Total thyroidectomy: April 2004
6 surgeries in 2 years. Another one to follow in Jan.
Total Thyroidectomy with some lymph removal, 12/27/10. Surgery was a breeze. Recovery was quick. NOw to get these meds straight.
right lobectomy with isthmusectomy June 1, 2012 completion of thryroidectomy June 8, 2012
Mastectomy May 2002.
April 2nd, 2010, complete thyroidectomy. Drops in calcium levels, extreme hot flashes, mingled with cold. Some throat soreness and raspiness.
Total thyroidectomy 6/09 - also removed lymph nodes and neck tissue
August 1 and Sept 12, 2006 Dr and Hospital acted like they never had thyroid patients. Were nasty and rude to me. Almost died.
Total thyroidectomy on May 8, 2008. Found cancer on both sides of my thyroid and into my lymph nodes. Incision area is sore and itchy. Met with the surgeon on May 16 and he removed the bandages. Advises me to use sunscreen daily and my scar shouldn't be as noticeable. Also had a hard time swallowing for a few days after surgery. Most likely caused by the breathing tube inserted during surgery. A week later and I can swallow without pain. The week after surgery I would feel great for awhile and then become really tired. My calcium level did dip a little and I have been taking calcium supplements that make me nauseous.
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!
Right Lobectomy Nov 3/08 - 6 cm tumour removed More surgery Nov 26/08 for the left side
Total Neck Thyroidectomy
Total Thyroidectomy, March 15, 2005, excessive calcionemia which extended hospital stay by 3 days.

Stomach Cancer Surgeries

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Total gastrectomy
2 surgeries to remove tumor and then intestine bypass
left neck lymph node removal in July of '09. This was for a biopsy to find the primary site.
The doctor wants to take my husbands stomach out, so right now he's been the alternative treatment.. He would like to try this for 6 months, before he has the surgery.

Brain Cancer Surgeries

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

three surgeries
Emergency brain surgery on June 12, 2004 After surgery Michael had a stroke. Now uses a walker.
I have a piece of my skull missing and I have nerve damage which effects my left arm and hand.
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
My tumor is inoperable since it's in the middle of my thalmus. There had trouble just getting the biopsy.
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.
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
Craniotomy and resection on 12/1/2010
Tumour Resection & Craniotomy - November 25, 2011 - She stuttered, eyes weak and struggled with walking Central Venous Line Insertion - Dec. 16
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
Brain Surgery on August 22, 2010. Paralysis for 2 1/2 weeks afterward on left side of body. Minor memory problems. Fatigue. Lots of physical therapy to regain fine motor skills.
10/06 resection he is no longer the man I married tumor was in left temporal lobe
Craniatomy May 2011
Nov. 3: biopsy-no side effects showed a grade 3 Dec. 2: 1/3 removal of tumor and showed a grade 4-short term memory loss and word finding and number confusion Dec. 23: developed an infection(staff) and had to have part of the skull removed-same side effects as the second surgery
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
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.
Surgery was May 5th. side effects were just normal for the healing process. Weakness, dizziness (tumor was sitting on the equilibrium), lots of headaches that I still get, sunburn on my chest, ears felt funny...
Mom had resection of tumor
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
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.
January 10th, 1996. Staten Island University Hospital
Inoperable
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.
craniotomy on 1/30/09 with ability to speak better immediately but still needs lots of speech therapy.
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.

Multiple Myeloma Cancer Surgeries

What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgeries

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

Thorasic Surgery on April 13th, 2010. -Confirmed metastisis:( Rectal surgery was on May 11, 2010. reconnect of the rectum, reversal surgery tbd .... Port surgery June 2010
My first surgery was Friday the 13th in August of 2010, was a 9 hour surgery and my doctor really screwed me up other than he did get the tumor. He also cut my uterers. those are the tube that run from your Kidney to your bladder. Well now mine are cut...and I have a left and right nephrostomy. Thats how I urinate..it sucks .. I tell everyone to call me the bag lady. I have 2 nephrostomies and a colostomy! I also supposidly had my umbilical hernia fixed and a hysotrectomy. In November of 2011 I had my umbilical hernia really fixed...had a colostomy rivision and had my right nephorostomy installed for lack of a better word.I had the suregery in 2011 done in Dallas..had great doctores!
8 inches of colon removed
from Oct. 2004 to July 2009 I have had 3 colon surgeries, now there is nothing left, a total hysterectomy and my gallbladder removed. I have had more colonoscopies than I can count...and have had two port-a-caths in and out.
surgery dec 14, 2008
Colon resection March, 1984 Liver resection August, 1984 Lung removal May, 1989
believed they removed cancer during colonoscopy
October 7, 2010- Port Implant February 8, 2011- Colon resection resulting in a permanent colostomy (which I was in hopes to avoid)
August 19, 2010 - tumor resection, complete rectal resection, lymph node removal, permanent colostomy. September 22, 2011 - tumor resection, coccyx removal, complete hysterectomy (uterus & ovaries), complete vaginectomy, external pelvic reconstruction.
initally went in to have colonectomy but came out with a colostomy at this point i was damn glad to be alive the shock of it all came later on!
September 20 2006, re-section - 12 inches removed, 12 lymph nodes removed and tested, 4 positive
Radical Hysterectomy and Lymphnode removal
Anticipated mid Aug 2010. See surgeon July 26th for testing to determine results of chemo & radiation
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.
3 colon surgeries, 2 liver surgeries, 1 lung surgery
No major surgeries as of yet. Had a malignant polyp surgically removed in 2006, port placement after diagnosis, ablation on liver tumor. I am waiting to find out about a possible resection in my rectum.
Colon resection April 2004, Liver resection August 20009
Surgery July 2, 2010: No Colostomy bag, Praise God! Hardly any rectum left, and 14-16 inches of my colon removed. I cannot urinate on my own and have to self cath at this point. I have no feelings down there, and often cannot tell I've had a bowel movement. I hope this passes. There is a peculiar knot in my insicion line...
Surgery was on my birthday, 3/30/09. 10 inches of my colon (sigmoid area) was removed along with 56 lymph nodes, 10 which tested positive for cancer. Surgery was done laproscopically. Side effects were normal pain for incisions, nausea from pain medicine.
No surgery
Bowel resection and hysterectomy 02/09
Removed 12 inches of the colon in August of 2011. No problems with the surery
Had surgery July 9, 2010. Everything went perfect. Only bad side effect is that my digestive system is completely messed up.
Emergency colostomy on 9/11/09. No real side effects other than the basic lifestyle changes that a colostomy can bring.
hemicolectomy and appendectomy on April 12, 2010. Made it through the surgery just fine.

Liver Cancer Surgeries

What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

resection surgery - didnt work blood clot moved
Liver resection of 13.5cm tumor 3/18/10 (I know it was huge... whats the saying.. go big or go home... I believe 2 or 3 lobes total on left side of liver removed. Unfortunately there are more that couldnt be resected out of the right side, which sucks!! No side effects from surgery, speedy recovery, released on 5th day, back to work after the weekend.
Liver Resection of complete left lobe 10/22/2009
They took the gallblader, it did have a blockage and did a resection of 65% of the liver.
Sloan resected a 16cm tumor from the left lobe. Went back to work after 4 weeks Lots of numbness
Partial liver resection of encapsulated left lobe tumor. Walking by day 3 and home by day 5 but had a bitch of a time with scar tissue issues for 2 years.
March 2010--Liver resection right upper lobe apex (top)---Felt like a cinder block had been stapled into my abdomen---took me a week to walk with a walker---one week hospitalization--home with help from family & friends---
Liver biopsy
THE DID A COMPLETE RESECTION OF THE TUMOR, MADDY WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ALL THE WIRES BUT WITHIN A WEEK SHE WAS UP AND RUNNING
Removal of right lobe.
i will tell you

Cervical Cancer Surgeries

What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

5/5/12 radical robotics assisted (Davinci) hysterectomy (kept my ovaries).
cold knife conization scheduled. radical hysterectomy to be done after they shrink the tumor, which appears to be 7 cm wide???
Have'nt begun any test as of yet. Will start this week.
I had a cone biopsy/removal in July, 2011.
Total Vaginal Radical Hysterectomy, kept one ovary, lymph node removal 9/2010
Radical Trachlectomy May 18, 2011 with lymphnode disection April 4th D&C, with Cone bx
Removal of 10c tumor. 9-8-10
leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.
Radical hysterectomy. Jan 2013
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
Radical hysterectomy, ureter was cut, subsequent interventional radiology to drain the urine, etc I've developed Rhumatoid Arthritis (8/2009- 10/2011) can't figure out if it was triggered by treatment?
Hyst,Colostomy,Stents,Kidney Disease
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!
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.
smit sleeve for brachytherapy (internal radiation); Port placement (power port); lymph node removal for biopsy in Aug 2014
radical hysterectomy in Dec. 2005, removal of pelvic lymph nodes, removal of 1/3 of bladder.
not an option...
LEEP Procedures, Biopsies
12/2008- Cervical Cone Biopsy - Carcinoma in Situ (Stage O) with Clear Margins 02/2011- DaVinci (Robotic Asssisted) Total Hysterectomy- Found tumor of at least 1.6 in size. Radical parametrectomy, upper vaginectomy, total bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection, transposition of bilateral tubes and ovaries. Small Bowel Obstruction Nov. 2011
Oct 23 2009 Radical Hysterectomy and pelvic lymph dissection Oct 20 2010 Para-Aotic Lymph dissection
05/2010 ureter stents bilat. 02/2011 Colostomy
The only " surgery " I have had so far is an under anesthesia pelvic exam. It was done as standard practice to check for cancer in the bladder and rectum. Luckily nothing was found. I had a sleeve put in for internal radiation ( not a big deal at all )
Surgery was not an option
I had a radicl hysterectomy on October 28th. The gas pains were the worst part of all. My tummy was very bloated for about 2 weeks. I just tried to walk every day to the end of my street and back to get moving again. The pain from surgery was not bad itwas just he gas.
the most scariest feeling going under the knife. After surgery looking like i was pregnant from the blowding.

Larynx Cancer Surgeries

What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

spleenectomy - 12/2008 had a hard time healing
Hickman Line 1-18th May 2012 Hickman Line 2-21 august 2012
CVL/port, successful allograft of radius, a few other minor surgeries here and there.
just hickman line
picc line hickman line

Testicular Cancer Surgeries

What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Neck Biopsy: 18 Jun 2010: none I/O: 15 Jul 2010: ?
radical orchiectomy; right side, pain for 3 days, soreness for 2 weeks
Husband had his surgery July 2005. My son had his surgery 7th Sept 2009. No side effects
July 23, 2014, right radical orchiectomy : pain & soreness
Inguinal orchiectomy, November 4, 2010
Orchiectomy - 11th Oct 2012
03 march 2002 i was put under and had my left testicle removed.i had a prosthesis put in its place.mentally i was a mess but physically i felt fine was allowed home after 1 day but had to return to the hospital for a whole 5 days after for various tests.
Inguinal Orchientomy Dec 2002: like having wisdom teeth removed, except it was one of my balls. Retropertinteal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) Jan 2003: Rough stuff. Digestive system took several months to get back to normal. Made worse by taking hydocodone (Vicodin) without adequate food. Eight years later I am in the best shape of my life.
First surgery was in 7/08 for orchiectomy,that wasnt to bad..my second was lymphadenectomy on 4/09 this one left me with a nice zipper like scar down my stomch.more to come...
11/12/2013 Inguinal Orchiectomy (removal of the right testis) 11/12/2013 Port put in upper left chest for Chemo treatment...
Orchiectomy, RPLLND June 08' Loss of Right Kidney, hospilized for most of June and July. Abdomon fulid build up, TPN, high heart rate (150 resting)
Orchiectomy on Feb. 3 2009, pain and swelling. Retroperitineal Lymph Node Disection still pending.

GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Surgeries

What GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

December 9th, 2008. Resection of tumor (8.5 cm) along with 31cm of small intestine. Nine days in the hospital to recover from surgery. Second diagnosis: February 4th of 2011. Pain in shoulder and abdomen. CT showed GIST had returned in my pelvic area and had metastasized on my liver and peritoneal wall. I have been on Gleevec ever since.

Small Intestine Cancer Surgeries

What Small Intestine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

removal of primary mid-gut with appendix removal and loss of ileocecal valve. 10/24/13. Recovered

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

Surgery to remove a tumor in neck. Second surgery in same place a week later due to my neck swelling.
PICC Line & Hickman Line placement.
My only surgeries other than the lymph node biopsy I had - were all for ports to be placed. I've had 3 total. One through my entire first treatment, and so far 2 for this time around. My first port was placed fine, except that I got a collapsed lung from where the surgeon cut my lung on accident. 2nd port just always gave us trouble, and kept getting stuck until one day it just quit working. Would flush, nothing. Had to be replaced. 3rd port - it works great but the Dr had such a hard time getting it in that a lot of blood went down around my lung causing me a lot of pain for about a month every time I took a breath. We actually had to stop treatment for a month until this went away.
port a cath x 2 bma (cant remember how often)
I received lumbar punctures (spinal taps) weekly for about 12 weeks. Headaches were common.
A few days after xray, I was admitted for a biopsy of the mediastinal tumour in my chest and a bonemarrow biopsy. 2 days later we met with my haematologist, Dr Du Toit, at Constantiberg Medi Clinic.

Anal Cancer Surgeries

What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Wedge Resection, 12/5/13
Port-a-Cath placement for chemo tx.
lymph node removal from iliac area November 2, 2011
No surgery as cancer was Stage 1.
Removal of tumor on July 2, 2014. Mediport placed on August 20, 2014.
I also had a heart transplant almost 14 years ago. So I already have a compromised immune system already.... I have HPV and had cervical displasia 10 years ago. So I feel somewhat pre disposed to getting this type of cancer....
Polyp removed July 21, 2011 Lots of rectal pain and more pain from hard stools due to pain meds
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.
I had what the surgeon said was a "skin tag" on my rectum that was removed On July 22, 2010, along with some exploratory surgery to remove adhesions on my left side and they drained a cyst on my right ovary. I was scheduled to see my surgeon on Aug 5th but received a phone call asking me to come in on July 28th, never in a millions years did I think I would be told that I have stage 1 anal cancer, I am scheduled to see an oncologist on Aug. 4th, so for now it is just waiting and wondering. I am not sure of the size or what course of treatment I will be going threw just yet.
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.
1st surgery 2 years ago non cancerous, 2nd last year noncancerous. now 8-11 anal cancer. pet scan sched for 8-17
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.
May 16th colonoscopy - May 17th Path report - Anal cancer - constipation, itchy burning "hemorrhoid type" symptoms then pressure on vaginal wall
Colostomy/biopsy on Oct. 4 2012
No surgery.
November 13th, 2009 - colostomy surgery - temporary if chemo/rad treatments are successful
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....
Colonoscopy 3/13 squamous cell carcinoma in situ, cannot rule out invasive, anascopy and biopsy 7/17/13 UCSF, squamous cell carcinoma invasive stage 1, power port implanted 8/28/13. Previously 2011 had spinal fusion at UCSF for scoliosis.
Lesions removed from liver
Biopsy and Ultrasound, November 24, 2010 Biopsy, July 2011 APR with Flap reconstruction, July 29, 2011
polyp removed during routine colonoscopy - pathology diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma
tumour resection 16.7.09
colostomy because I developed a fistula during radiation
removal of tumor 9/13/2010, originally told precancerous-3 biospies done, a week after surgery told cancer cells found
I had three biopsies and one colonoscopy between 3/26 - 4/15 2013 to arrive at my diagnosis. Following the radiochemo therapy, my PET Scan showed little change in the uptake so now, my Colorectal specialist wants to remove the tumor.

Vulva Cancer Surgeries

What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Sept 2011-Laser Jan 3, 2012

Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Surgeries

What Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

VATS (Visual assisted thoracic surgery) Cancer was discovered, recovery was harder than I expected, more painful emotionally than physically. March 2010

Bone Cancer Surgeries

What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Total knee and partial femur replacement
2001 resection of vertebre involved and rods inserted
July 17, 2008 was my surgery. By that time my tumor had shrunk to the size of a softball. My surgery was 15hrs I recieved 14 pints of blood. I had a donor pelvic bone put in and a total hip replacement. I have alot of pain and a limp to go with it but I still have my leg. For now.

Hypopharynx Cancer Surgeries

What Hypopharynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Eye and Orbit Cancer Surgeries

What Eye and Orbit Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Mid July ?
Biopsy - stitches irritated my eye. Radiotherapy plaque insertion and removal - same as above!
First sugery Aug 08 removal of tumor, second surgery Jan 10 patch placed over incision of first surgery due to leakage of incision
Radioactive plaque sewn onto eyeball and left to work for a few days. Removed and allowed home. Less than a week total treatment 09/09 Depth perception lost during recovery, not so bad now. Need glasses but otherwise eyesight good, bit of a delay in focussing, bit disorientating but getting used to it.
Plaque therapy for 5 days. Feb 16-22nd, 2009. Loss of vision, detached retina.

Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Surgeries

What Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

May 30th, 2011. Ron underwent a 20 hour surgery with 6 surgeons. Incredible really, they did what others said could not be done. He had a Cranial Facial resection, including a free flap on the eye, Neck Dissection, removal of the eye and orbit and small portions of bone. They also removed a very minute amount of tissue from the left lobe of his brain. Skin graft to the arm and leg...
Outpatient removal of 2 cm flat lesion from nasopharnyx.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Surgeries

What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

split mandibular resection with a radial forearm flap
April 19, 2012 surgery was performed to remove the cancer because the MRI results showed the cancer millimeters from spreading to my brain. An incision was made from the bridge of my nose and down the side curving underneath my nosteral. Once opened the doctor scraped the cancer that was heading toward my eye and believes he removed all of the cancer. SIDE AFFECTS: My face is still slightly numb and as the numbness wears off it feels like someone keeps banging my nose painfully making my eyes water. My nose is still discharging blood and mucus that feels like a rock once removed.
90% of nose removed 3/19/12, bilateral neck dissection 8/20/12
june 2003 radical neck surgery to remove bump on left side of neck

Ureter Cancer Surgeries

What Ureter Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

February 27, 2007 Hysterectomy, salpingo-ophorectomy, cervix and six lymph nodes. September 25,2008 Removal of three tumors in the abdomen. Two attached to sigmoid colon resulting in a colostomy. One attached to abdomen wall and the omentum.

Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Surgeries

What Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Omendectomy to remove some larger tumors that were attached to it worst operation to date, 6 weeks to recover, stomach shape is crazy!

Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Surgeries

What Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Appendectomy 10/31/09 Right hemicolectomy 11/29/09
appendectomy 12/27/07 right hemicolectomy 2/08/08 lymph node removal 2/08/08
First surgery was 7/2/2012, a right-hemicolectomy where they removed part of my small intestines and appendix. I had 10 tumors in my small intestines and my appendix was completely tumor. 11 of 13 lymph nodes were also positive for cancer. I had "multiple" liver tumors ranging in size from a few mm to 4 cm. I had liver cytoreduction sugery Feb. 21, 2013. While we new this was not curative, it could give me extra time as Carcinoid/NET cancer is usually slow-growing. The surgeon removed about 7 tumors but I still have "multiple" lesions ranging from a few mm to 1.2 cm. I have been stable since surgery with no growth and no new visible tumors.
lumpectomy94 mastectomy 94 (C-section I was pregnant when diagnosed. reconstruction Dec94 (flap) hysterectomy 2007 Oh Nov 94 skin cancer cells removed from face pain swelling emotional rollercoaster

Esophagus Cancer Surgeries

What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Cancer was at the esophageal-gastric junction and brought on by Barrett's Esophagus. Had 2/3 to 3/4 of the esophagus removed as well as the upper portion of the stomach, then had the remainder of the stomach pulled up into the chest and reattached to the remaining portion of the esophagus.
Removal of esophagus and part of stomach.....12/03/2013
To start chemo and radiation Monday. 12/25/07
esophagectomy, June06. Removed esophagus and half of stomach leaving me with a stomaphagus.Lost 50 pounds. Permanent (so far) damage to pancreas.
Had chemo and radiation to shrink the esophageal tumor. It was very large. Had an esophagectomy and stomach pull-up 10-07. Had 4 craniotomies with tumor exicision of the brain. But, I am still here.
12-5-'08 Esophagectomy
Transhiatal esophagectomy with gastric pull-up, May 2008. Complications included bilateral lung collapse and paralyzed recurrent laryngeal nerve and loss of voice which required a procedure to help temporarily. He regained use of the vocal cord. Underwent paratracheal mass resection in August 2009.
Endoscopy on November 26th. Nausea from anesthesia. Sore throat from procedure. Sofe diet for 5 days.
9/23/11 took out esophgus and strech stomach to top of throat
Esophagus Removal 2003.... Neck tumor removed with some neck mussels removed ...
hopefull surgery will be sometime in april
gastroesophagectomy removal of 60% of esophagus and 30% of stomach
No surgery yet. Undergoing radiation and chemo at this time, then 'possible' surgery at a later time if the tuma is shrunk.

Tonsil Cancer Surgeries

What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Tonsillectomy April 2012 PEG tube fitted April 2012
This was in June. After healing from the Ablation, I visited my ENT and he scheduled for a PET scan which came out suspicious. Next the Biopsy which he removed 85% of my right tonsil and tumor, but could not get it all. Narrow throat opening. The Path on the Biopsy indicated SCC Stage II. The ENT felt it was Stage I, but treated as Stage II. THere were no lymph nodes involved and was lateralized to the right side tonsil. Felt it did not involve the base of tongue. I felt some sore throat after the partial tonsil and tumor removal that lasted 3-weeks. No real bad pain and I healed well.
Had outpatient surgery on September 10th. ENT doctor did a biopsy of the back of my tongue and tonsil so they could know where the cancer originated which was in the 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
Tonsillectomy 9/26/12
Surgery wasn't an option since the tumor was too large and growing upwards into the soft palette.
8/7/12-tonsilectomy; 8/29/12-dissection/staging
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.
Laser removal of tumor ON 02/20/2009. No scars! Week long hospital stay with 4 nights in ICU. did not need any pain meds. The hardest part was the breathing tube.
Tonsillectomy right side. Post-op 09/30/2011
Biopsy done August 28th/09 Quadroscopy and biopsies November 27 Feb. 18, 2010 Major 20 hr combination surgeries with complications
Removed left tonsil and hen egg size tumor from behind and above tonsil on March 8,2011. I was sent home on the next day, with medications for infection and pain. the area around surgery was painful, but meds helped. after 8 days I stopped using pain meds. I notice more than the normal amount of mucus in my mouth. When I looked in the mirror, I was surprised to see the big hole in the left side of the roof of my mouth. It is now March22 and depression has hit, I know that I have been told that its curable and treatable, I am wondering what all of these life changing experiences are that I keep hearing my Dr speak about. Going tomorrow to a consult with medical people about chemo and radiation. I have an upcoming PET scan.
June 25, 2009 ~ radical Tonsilectomy and Removed the tumor. Side effects were a really sore throat and not being able to exhale out of my nose. I will be having surgery on Friday August 7th, 2009 to remove lymph nodes from my neck
Removed tonsils and Lymph nodes
modified radical neck dissection left..tonsillectomy..january 2012
DaVinci Robot Surgery 01/10/2012 - Removed both tonsils, tumor and left lymph nodes in neck . Tumor positive for HPV 16 - Lymph Nodes negative for cancer. Additional Surgery 02/13/2012 - Removal of Lymph Nodes in Right Side of Neck - Negative for Cancer
Robotic tonsilectomy R and R lateral neck dissection.
January 17, 2011 - Tonsilectomy - Ouch for 2 weeks lost 10 pounds but got through it.
4/10/12 Removed Left Tonsil
Biopsy showed cancer right soft palate. Radical Neck Dissection 06/07/2010. Extreme pain. 2 of the 32 Lymphnodes show cancer and 1 lympnode show cancer broke out of the lymphnode. Biopsy of the sternum 01/2011.
Tonsilectomey excistion around tonsils
Tonsilectomy and Right modified neck dissection 10/12/2011.
May 31 2011 Robotic Tonsil Surgery,Pain Killer gave me night sweats & nightmares, Had to sleep upright in reclining chair
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
Tonsillectomy 12/30/13 - Took me about 10 days to turn the corner on recovery. About 50% of the time, there is a click and some side of throat spasm/movement when i swallow. Feeding tube (PEG) 2/26/14? - Painful abdominal and back cramping after surgery. Took Prilosec and it settled down after a week. Stoma leaks formula. Stoma had granulation. Forced to use gauze on stoma throughout to catch leakage/bleeding. Selective Lymph Node dissection 5/20/14 - Drain tube pulled and released from hospital on 5/21. Numbness from bottom of ear along incision up to jaw line of face.

Mesothelioma Cancer Surgeries

What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

VATS procedure 7-09

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Surgeries

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

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 :(
Lap + vaginal removal of uterus. 6 wks to recover. My surgeon is fantastic!
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
Surgery planned for August 12, 2009
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
Hysterectomy was not possible. June 2010 bowel obstruction - colostomy
attempted hyster in oct-- endometriosis too involved too risky tocomplete -- closed and hoped other options would work
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
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, lymph node removal
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...
25 June 2014 - Sore and tired afterwards, but relieved it was over
Radical TAH/BSO Sept. 12 - lots of nausea and lack of appetite four weeks following.
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
Robotic only 5 small holes. Removed uterus, ovaries, tubes, cervix, 5 funky looking lymph nodes (1 had small amount of cancer), upper part of vagina. Done May 2011
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.
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
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.
total Hysterectomy
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.
May 17, 2011--Radical Hysterectomy(DaVinci)surprise abdominal hernia repair Recovered well from both. I developed a seroma behind my largest incision Memorial Day weekend and leaked like a faucet for 5 days. Sent from urgent care to ER. No infection, just an annoyance.
TAH/BSO Dec. 2010
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
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!

Sarcoma Cancer Surgeries

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Shoulder Replacement Right Lung Wedge Resection
first surgery in 2008...removed lime sized tumor from sinus...destroyed sinus bone structure..inserted prophylactic..second surger y 2009...removed tumors...third surgery 2011...removed tumors, facial reconsctruction
Surgery to remove tumor on 10/17/14
Still to be determined.
Had surgery to remove the tumor from his calf on September 8, 2010. Surgery was successful with clean margins, but given the grade of his tumor, the doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) felt it was imperative to enroll him in the Children's Oncology Group clinical trial, which gave a specific protocol treatment.
Bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the tumor in my chest
I am inoperable due to the 30 pound tumor is on my spine connects to my ribs and is 3 inches from my left lung. it would be too risky so i have currently been on 10 different chemotherapy drugs in the past 4 years so far no luck. hopefully soon there will be. it is an advanced sarcoma, but im keeping in the fight. this is the 2nd time if id cancer. at 18 i had a full colectomy on 9/13/05, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I was given a temporary illeostomy until my small intestine was long enough to reach my rectum and a J-Pouch was able to be formed. The surgery for me lasted 9 hours. I was given anastesia. Originally, it was supposed to be a laporascopic surgery but the doctor was unable to perform the surgery in that matter. An incision was made right under my breast bone all the way down to right above my vaginal area. When the incision was stapled I had a total of 56 staples. After surgery, it was very hard to sit up and get out of bed. I spent a total of 8 days in the hospital and was given plenty of pain medication. The doctors and nurses were excellent and really did the best they could to help me recover and keep me as comfortable as possible. I was not used to having an illeostomy bag with a stoma, but as the time went by I adjusted and knew it was not going to be permanent. Most of all, I knew it saved my life. My colon had over 600 polyps on it by the time I was 18, ranging from tiny to big and they were indeed cancerous. I waited four years to have surgery due to the colon not being fully grown when I was 14. After the colon was removed, I did not undergo chemotherapy because my doctor felt all the cancer was gone. Tests were done and it was confirmed, I was cancer free!
June 2012: Full tumor resection with clear, negative margins from the right parapharynx
May 2010 - Initial surgery; Aug 2010 - re-resectional surgery Aug 2010 - Limb sparing surgery or limb-salvage surgery.
August 26, 2010 - Reinforcement rod placed in left femur
January 2008 - Major reconstructive spinal surgery on L3 with removal of lower left rib and 2 rods screwed along spine; November 2011 - Partial tumor removal and nail and Rod inserted on left femur. December 2011 - partial resection of tumor from L4
Resection by a certified Orthopedic Oncologist, Dr. Earl W. Brien. Amazing doctor and friend!
Removed the tumor in October 2010. Removed everything they could see or touch. He has been NED ever since.
On December 30 1999 the surgeon took out a large tumor from Nicole's left forearm and after a biopsy diagnosed her with Rhabdomayosarcoma, a rare, juvenile cancer that strikes one in a million children, mostly boys under 10.
Limb sparing surgery Feb 2010. The tumour was cut out of my thigh with clear margins. I didnt need an amputation.
October 4, 1974 was when my world changed forever. I was 16 years old and had radical neck surgery, removal of half the lower jaw - the odds of survival were razor thin...
December 16, 2011 ... I had day surgery to have my lump removed, the surgery went well, other than some internal bleeding in the area that ended up being fine. I healed well.
Spinal Tumor removed in Fall of 2009. Two surgeries at the Mayo Clinic
I had my surgery February 7, 2011 and I didn't have any side effects from it. They tried to take the tumor out laparoscopically but the size of the tumor didn't allow for that and they have to give me a bikini cut
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 .

Parotid Cancer Surgeries

What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

parotidectomy, July 2012. Half of face initially numb and swollen. Ear bright red and hugely swollen. Face feels like after dental work with Novocaine -- numb and useless. Jaw muscles tight and inflexible. Pain in chewing (First Bite Syndrome). Eye blurry -- possibly due to face tugging down. Swollen neck and face with no sensation. Skin feels like sandpaper. Tinnitus bad after initial difficulty hearing at all. Throat burned and taste affected. Exhausted. Exhausted. Digestive problems -- possibly from antibiotics post-op.

Mouth Cancer Surgeries

What Mouth Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Skin Cancer Surgeries

What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Feb 2009, Feb 2010 and future July, 2010
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
May 6,2010 Mohs surgery to remove large Basal Cell Cancer from top of nose. Closure done by another doctor (ENT) under general anesthesia...bilobed flaps. Cheek tissue pulled up to perform closure.

Throat Cancer Surgeries

What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Scar tissue from radiation.
2003 - Transoral Laser Micro-Surgery - minimal side effects 2006 - Photodynamic Therapy (tumor ablation) - extremely painful as necrotic tissue subsequently epelled from throat 2008 - Open neck ressection - swallowing/speaking issues 2009 - Open neck ressection - continued swallowing/speaking issues
No surgery
2/3 of right lung removed
no surgery
I had to have an Embolisation first, which unfortunately took alot longer than what they thought, as the tumor was so big and had a major blood supply going to it. My operation was held on my 30th birthday, so unfortunately it will be a birthday I will always remember for the wrong reasons. My operation took 12 hours, and I was kept asleep for a further 12. When I woke up, I was told that they had to leave part of the tumor in due to side effects it may cause if taken out. I was and still am unable to swallow so at first I had a feeding tube running down through my nose, then after a week I had a peg fitted. I have been told that there is a possibility I may never swallow again, and I am finding this so hard to come to terms with.
Feb 7, 2010 Tonsillectomy
Radical removal of tissue in my neck, head, and chest including the removal of part of my tongue. Other than 24/7 pain in my left trapezoid muscle and a reduction in the mobility of my left arm I've had no other long term problems with side effects from the surgery.
Tonsilectomy,, Oct. 13, 2011 Lost 15 plus lbs, hard to eat, swallow and very hard to get fluids down... As you get older a very tough time.
June 9, 2009 I had to have my voice box,vocal cords and 1/2 of my thyroid removed ... leaving me as a "total Laryngectomy".

Tongue Cancer Surgeries

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Lucky, just tonsils and lymph node removed - no problems.
December 2013
13 Nov 2012, extremely sore throat for one month, lost taste temporarily, raspy voice.
Tumor on left side of my tongue towards the back was finally removed March,15,2010.. I was set for treatment when the Dr's found another tumor in my neck. I was sent to the Big Dogs in Boston,Ma and they decided that was also another tumor on the left side of the tongue as well as a tumor in the neck attached to the caroited artery. So on June 18th,2010 I had surgery to removed the tumor in my neck, the second tumor on my tongue and also had a radical neck disection.
Cyst removal on 7/2/12, PET scan on 7/16/12. Tonsillectomy on 7/24/12 because ENT thought that was the site of the primary, biopsy of throat, nasal passage, and base of tongue. Base of tongue on left side shows positive.
Laryngectomy to remove 5 lymph nodes on right side of her neck. A tracheodomy since she had difficulty breathing from the tumor that was growing in her neck. Plus a feeding tube
Surgery to remove cancer on March 10, 2011

Nose Cancer Surgeries

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

complete removal of nose

Jaw Cancer Surgeries

What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

In October of 2006 I was diagnosed with Tongue Cancer had a partial tongue removal and radiation to my face and neck. Was cancer free for 5 years. In March of 2013 I was diagnosed with my second cancer Jaw Cancer. On April 25, 2013 I had a 15 hour surgery were they removed the fibula bone from my leg and replace my jaw with it. They also did a skin graft from the same leg and did the inside of my check. Also they removed my lymph nodes. I am now doing Hyper Baric Chamber treatments so that I can have surgery to have all my teeth out due to the radiation I had in 2007.

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Thoracotomy 7/91 Thoracotomy 8/92 Thoracotomy 9/92
Biopsy
Tracheotomy was done as my Trachea was nearly closed by the pressure of tumor.Central Vena Cava vein is still closed
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.
Oct. 18, 2010- medi-port
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..
Lymph node removal, port in and port out - typical outpatient surgery effects
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
Lymphectomy, 10/3/13, pain was the only side effect
CT Biopsy (March 2008) inconclusive, Biopsy of the sacrum (April 2008), Port inserted (June 2008), Port extracted (July 2010).
Port insertion- June 2 2014, pain for a few days. Port Removal -December 1 2014, pain for a few days but not as painful as the insertion.
amount of air i could take in and cardio
Lymph node excision/biopsy- 9.6.12, port placement 9.25.12, bone marrow biopsy 9.28.12
Lymph node removed on April 3, 2012 Port a cath put in on April 10, 2012 Bone marrow biopsy on April 20, 2012
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...
No surgery, just chest biopsy of my mediastinum.
lymph node biopsy 3/22/10 medi-port put in 4/2/10 bone marrow biopsy 4/9/10
3 bone marrow biopsies lumpectomy of left side of neck failed insertion of chest port (too much swelling underneath) successful insertion of arm port chest catheter insertion, removal
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
Open Biopsy, port placement
Port-a-carth 3 months ago
Lymphnode biopsy Bone marrow biopsy
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.
On April 26, 2013 the lump on the right side of my neck was removed via almost 4 inch incision. From the time I was wheeled into my post-op recovery room (it was out-patient surgery) until the stictches were removed on may i did not experience any pain whatsoever.
12/24/2013 - Core needle biopsy 1/2/2014 - Port placement

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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Planning on stem cell transplant
March 2010 - after my first round of chemo I had to have my gallblader removed - had to wait for my blood counts to recover first.

Bile Duct Cancer Surgeries

What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Dec 7, 2011. Surgery to implant titanium chemo pump that delivers chemo directly to the liver. NO Side Effects!
Whipple Procedure scheduled for March 16, 2012
Surgery is to remove bile duct, 70% of the liver and some lymph nodes in the surrounding area. Small intestine is to also be use to reconstruct bile duct. Surgery on May 8, 2012

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Surgeries

What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

lost both hips due to medications

Neuroblastoma Cancer Surgeries

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Removed kidney and tumor February 1998

Appendecial Cancer Surgeries

What Appendecial Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

12/2 - Debulking surgery and original diagnosis - hysterectomy, appendectomy, right hemicolectomy 04/23 - Debulking and HIPEC surgery (removal of spleen, remainder of the omentum, tumors on diapragm and a couple of dozen other tumors that grew from 12/2 to the time of surgery.
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