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Breast Cancer Surgeries

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.



Had lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biospy 10/21/08
Bi-Lateral Mastectomy with Sentinel Node Biopsy. Followed by Axillary Node Dissection.
Had a total mastectomy with 15 lymph nodes removed.Pathology from surgery showed 14 of the lmmph nodes had cancer.
Radical Mastectomy October 28th 2011. The surgery was a successful one. Was very happy with the clean cut. No side effects.
Lumpectomy sentinel lymph node removal - May 8, 2008
January 5th 2009 is the date for the new ta ta's!
Total bilateral mastectomy in March 2008. 9/9 lymph nodes positive. Followed by aggressive chemo once every 2 weeks for 8 sessions, then once a day radiation for 6 weeks.
1/4 Bi-lateral lumpectomy, lymph node removal. Numbness on left side.
Bilateral Mastectomy (1/11/2010) but I can't exactly remember much because the pain meds were excellent! :-) But about 4 weeks after, was really sore.
All went well.
Dec 2008-lumpectomy
Radical Mastectomy of the left beast, 11/14/2011, 24 nodes removed, all showed no sign of cancer.
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.
only removal of my ovaries
Jan 2007,Day surgery
Double mastectomy with no reconstruction on August 11, 2009. I had a very good surgical experience. No real side-effects other than some persistent numbness around the two large scars, encompassing my entire chest. I was very fortunate to have been competing in triathlons prior to my surgery - it allowed my body to respond very well.
Too many to list
MRM, 1991, lymphedema
surgery was april 4,2008 ,,i didnt have any side effects besides depression
I was told today, I must have a rt mastectomy with lymph node resection.
Bilateral mastectomy with removal of extra skin and 5 lymph nodes.
I had a modified radical mastectomy on May 24, 1990. I didn't have any side effects. No pain pills needed at all.
Had a terible surgeon for my biopsy. Felt my whole biopsy, October 2009, and was in pain for days afterwards. For my lumpectomy, November 2009, changed to Dr. Fine, and my lumpectomy and sentinol node surgery was wonderful. I do have grade 1 lymphodema as a result of my surgery (had nine lymph nodes taken out). January 26 will have ovaries out as I am unable to take tamoxifen.
Breast cancer No. 1. Surgery left me with some lymph oedema in the left arm, but the exercises helped and this is now barely noticeable. Leiomyosarcoma 2009: Can still sometimes feel the 'join' where my guts were resectioned and this can be a little uncomfortable. Breast cancer No. 2 2011: The nature of the reconstruction made it really hard to stand straight for about 3 months after the op. Also a tiny part of the new boob 'died' as it lost its blood supply temporarily - its taken 6 months to heal fully but is ok now.
Unilateral mastectomy (October 2008) with immediate reconstruction with tissue expander which was replaced with silicone implant July 2009.

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.

Surgery for fracture of femur
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.
lymph node removel
Mediastinoscopy/bronchoscopy 4/5--No side effects
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
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
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
She havent had any surgery yet,.
2009 hysterectomy cancer "leiomyosarcoma" found in muscle wall. drs said no treatment needed just follow up in 6 mo. 2012 went in to er for rib and stomach pain, shortness of breath had mri and biopsy done diagnosis stage 4 lung cancer leiomyosarcoma 10/2013 my cancer has spread to pelvic region
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
Remove her right lung
No surgery is available in my Father's case.
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
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
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
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.
not a candidate for surgery because of location
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
Upper right lobe lobectomy on 2/25/14. Pathology done during operation. Stage 1a, size 1.8cm, no lymph node involvement, no pleural involvement. Thyroidectomy 7/17/2014.
lobectomy 9/24/09,massive infection removal & lobectomy 11/3/09
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.

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.

Lumpectomy, biopsy to right breast
December 2011 - had the lymph node surgically removed for biopsy. The side effects were minimal and back to normal in a day or two. Bone marrow biopsy - not painful.
intestine resection due to lymph nodes tearing intestine and causing sepsis.
lymph node removal for biopsy (2) bone marrow biopsy, installation of a port a cath.
Removed 1 lymph node for biopsy, installed port in chest,bone marrow aspiration.To much cancer to operate.
My two legs and recently my left arm have been cut
Lymph node removed, no real side effects
Lymph Node biopsy 9-2010 pain in groin Mediport chest insertion 9-2010 Bone Marrow biopsy 10-2010
Other than a port installation, I avoided surgery - I was scheduled fora THIRD biopsy (surgical) as it took them 1 whole month to diagnose me after 2 needle biopsies! I was spooked to get a port implanted, but it was the best thing I could do and made life much simpler during chemo. I wear my insert/removal scars as my badge of courage.
December 16, 2010 removal of enlarged lymph node on the lower left side of my neck, just above the collar bone
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.
Mai02 : very small lymph node removal from neck --- NHL was detected Jul07 : lymph node removal for evaluation of cancer stage.
removal of lymph node for dx
Biopsy of the Lymph node in my throat and also a biopsy on the base of my tongue. Both of which turned out to be Lymphoma. Also had a Bone Marrow Biopsy and I currently do not have the results from that.
7/29/10FNA of thyroid (not bad), 8/5/10Vacuum Assisted Core Needle Biopsy on breast mass(Ouch but better in 24 hours),8/18/10 mediport insertion(localized soreness),8/19/10 Bilateral Bone Marrow Biopsy(Ouch followed by days of sore)
Lymph node removal in leg
Lymph Node Surgery Feb 15th 2011.
Kidney Transplant, 3/17/2004 Tonsilectomy Stomach Lymph Node Removal
Thoracoscopy to biopsy mediastinal mass, port placement
Hernia Surgery
Medi-port placement, Oct 13 2009. Still healing. Nicely, I suppose. I keep eying it suspiciously because I can't get even earrings put in and this thing is a lot bigger than earrings.
two sergical biopsys, breast lumpectomy
Excisional Biopsy on January 18th, results came back as no evidence of lymphoma. Still felt sick, had another biopsy on February 18th and then got diagnosed with lymphoma.
Port placement May 2011 Bone marrow Biopsy May 2011
None yet, not operable.

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.

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.
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.
no surgery
3/25/14
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
Scheduled for an open partial nephretomy on April 21st, 2011
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
Left LRN 4/20/10
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
Radical nephrectomy right, 02/02; lumpectomy chest, 11/07; partial nephrectomy left, 02/11; lumpectomy abdomen and bowel resection, 02/14
right nephrectomy--hand assisted laparoscopic 4/4/11. Recovery was fine.
July 27th, I dont know waht the doctoers call it it but he was cut from neck to groin to remove tumor and then front to back on left side to remove kidney!
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
Left nephrectomy
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.
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
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.
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.
December 1, 2008, Right Nephrectomy through an open midline incision 15.5 inch zipper through my middle :)
Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, radiofrequency ablation, and arterial embolization, 7/16/12, which included confirmation of diagnosis.
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.

Pancreas Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

LAPROSCOPIC DISTAL
Whipple Surgery he did remarkably well only pain from scar areas.
Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
had an ERCP and had a stint put in my bile duct, since mass was pushing on it the duct and caused liver problems. became johndis until stint was put in and took a few weeks to get better before chemo could start.
Whipple, October 2008
whipple 4/27/2011
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 performed immediatly following diagnosis. Weight loss, depression, pain, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting,overall weakness
Non operable
surgery not an option
4/27/2011
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
Whipple, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
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.
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 Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
Inoperable
Inoperable
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
exploratory surgery
Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.

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.

2/16/05 - Left Ovary, falopian tube, pelvic tissue, lymph nodes removed Side effects, horrible scar, numb skin. 9/24/08 - full hysterectomy
Salpingo Oophorectomy, right ovary, July 8 2009
Total Hysterectomy with tumor debulking, lymph node dissection and omentectomy mild ileus post op and post op wound infection being treated with antibiotics, wound breakdown, being treated with wound care and soon a wound vacuum. UTI from catheter.
Removal of ovary, fallopian tube, and lymphnodes
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
Debulking 6/1/10; recurrent bowel mass removed 3/12.
Surgery total hysterectomy, appendix removed, and tumor in abdomen removed--June 8,2011, still really tender and sore where incision is, no side effects other than grief.
There were three surgeries: The first was a laparoscopy to diagnose disease; The second was an attempt to debulking which was aborted due to tumor size. The third surgery happened after 4 cycles of chemotherapy. It was a total hysterectomy with optimal cytoreduction.
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
07/02/09: removal of tumor, right ovary & right fallopian tube (unilateral salpingo-oopherectomy), appendix, lymph nodes, and omentum
total hysterectomy et al. 9/18/09
April 7, 2010 - radical hysterectomy with lymph node and omentum removal. Ovarian cancer discovered in surgery. Surgery recovery was very easy for me.
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.
removed omentum, all female oragans, lymp nodes on oct 31. 2008 along with volleyball sized tumor, was staged at a 1c initially. did the initial 6 treatments of chemo was so called in remission, got a chest cold 3 months later and a pet scan revealed the cancer was now a stage 4 with mets throughout.
31 may 2012
My surgery was 1/31/11 to remove ovary w/ tumor and uterus. After tumor was tested positive for cancer, other ovary, cervix, tubes, appendix, and wall of fat (can't remember the medical term), all removed. No adverse effects of surgery. I healed quickly and without incident.
removal of avaries (had had hysterectomy in 1981 but they left both ovaries at that time), omentum, several lymph nodes, Jan. 31, 2006. Optimum debulking. Surgical scar runs from just above pubic bone to just under breasts. Gyn/Onc told me I had an enormous omentum, much larger than "normal", making the huge scar necessary for complete removal. She installed an InterPeritoneal Port for IP chemo at the time of the surgery. Had serious pain for weeks following surgery; also had 2 pulmonary emboli as a result of surgery, requiring treatment with Warfarin. Because of PEs, chemo was delayed 2 weeks.
Surgery was on Jan 5, 2007. I lost nearly 40 pounds and spent 21 days in the hospital.
Fertility sparing surgery, right ovary and fallopian tube removed, appendix removed.
Had exploratory laporatomy on 1/3/12 - removed omentum and multiple lymph nodes. No further evidence of cancer was found!
complete hysterctomy, instant menopause
Jan 23, 2004 and June 29, 2004. Infection, hernia, bed sores and alot of pain.
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.
7/14/11. Removed grapefruit sized ovarian tumor and full hysterectomy including lymph node removal.
I had a hysterectomy on 03/17/2005. Both ovaries had tumors on them the size of footballs. My fallopian tubes and part of my bowel was consumed. All of this was removed.

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Had a Right Hemi Thyroidectomy and will be having the left thyroid removed in the near future.
Surgery - Thyroidectomy, Date - Sept 12th 2011, Side Effects - Chronic Nausea, Strained Vocal Cords, & Breathing Issues.
Right Lobectomy Nov 3/08 - 6 cm tumour removed More surgery Nov 26/08 for the left side
Total Thyroidectomy, 04/2009
8/20/10 total thyroidectomy, several lymph nodes + 1 parathyroid gland removed. discharged same day.
4/11/14: Total thyroidectomy, central compartment neck dissection, and modified radical neck dissection. Side effects: sore throat (the worst side effect by far), swelling, bruising, stiffness, trouble swallowing.
Total thyroidectomy scheduled for October 8, 2010
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.
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
removal of 1 parathyroid with a total thyroidectomy and removal of 3 lymph nodes
3/10/09 - Total thyroidectomy and lymph node removal 11/29/10 - (upcoming) Left functional neck dissection
Total tyroidectomy 8-2011. Surgery went great. Spent one night in hospital and went shopping the day I left :)
On June 12, 2010 had a full thyroidectomy. Stayed in the hospital for 4 days because of my calcium levels.
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.
8.18.10 - fine needle biopsy performed. 8.24.10 - scheduled CT scan for neck and chest area.
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 and deep neck dissection
Surgery on 01/10/2010 Removed most of thyroid. Left some on right.
11/08 Total Thyroidectomy and 25+ lymph node removal 6/09 Para-tracheal, bi-lateral and right neck dissection
Removal of 3 1/2 parathyroid glands and a mass located above the thyroid gland.
Thyroidectomy and removal of tumour on May 5th, 2010. Tumour the size of a nectarine and it spread to two lymph nodes on the right side.
5/8/2009 Paratracheal neck dissection, total thyroidectomy with 11 lymph nodes removed.
Had my whole thyroid removed and some lymphnodes removed. Still going through test to see if I need treatment.
Biopsy- Dec 2010 Thyroid Removal and possible lymph nodes- May-4-2011

Stomach Cancer Surgeries

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Brain Cancer Surgeries

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Crainiotomy - March 4, 2009 - paralyzed on her left side.
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.
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.
1.2 cm tumour was removed on July 6th. Had multiple seizures on the day after surgery and temporarily lost mobility of my left arm.
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
I have a piece of my skull missing and I have nerve damage which effects my left arm and hand.
Biopsy done and shes never been the same. Not a candidate for recession
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
Biopsy, partial tumor removal on 8/12/11
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 and resection on 12/1/2010
January 10th, 1996. Staten Island University Hospital
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
Oct 06, left-frontal lobe. I had a lot of problems but the one I will shake my head about is: the doc shaved my head. Before going into surgery. he said he would only shave where he was cutting. When I woke up, I found he shaved half of my head. I had long hair! The major side effect is: I now have major headaches. I am in pain every single day! It is never ending. At night time, it is even worse.
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.
Tumour Resection & Craniotomy - November 25, 2011 - She stuttered, eyes weak and struggled with walking Central Venous Line Insertion - Dec. 16
tumor resection. 90% removal. side effects: alive.....
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, 8/8/1986
1st craniotomy- 5 cm tumor- August 7, 2002- Anoplastic Astrocytoma- Grade 2/3 2nd craniotomy- 2 cm tumor- September 23, 2009- Glioblastoma- Grade 4
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
Craniatomy May 2011
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects

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.

Colectomy with 11 lymph nodes removed (3 were positive) - recovered well 1/2005 Winchester Medical Center, Winchester Va Hysteresctomy with Appendectomy- 10/2008 Recovered well. UVA Hospital What was supposed to be liver resection and gall bladder removal ended up as explotratory- 9/2009 Trouble healing (incision opened, took 4 months to heal,Very fatigued after and til now.) UVA Hospital Stomach Tube Insertion and 4th Mediport placement.- Radiology Department, Winchester Medical Center 1/2010 healing well. I have had alot of issues with previous port placements.
January 12, 2010. Removal of tumor in colon/rectum. had to remove approximately 8 inches of colon/rectum.
colon resection with liver wedge biopsy 2/2008 severe anemia
Bowel resection and hysterectomy 02/09
Aug 23,2006 removal of the tumor,colon resection, removal of lymph nodes in abd. Surgon had hoped to resect my liver, but unfortunatly I have to many leisons on the liver. I recovered very well, with no side effects
Cl12 inches of colon and kidney removed
My First surgery was 1/26/11 I had and appendectomy done, that's when I was diagnosed. I was in severe pain after the surgey. My second surgery was 4/28/11, I had the HIPEC surgery which was 12 hours long, again in severe pain.
Colonectomy with out colonostomy. 05 liver resection and ablation. 06 hysterectomy and liver ablation.07 percutaneous liver ablation.08 liver resection 09
8 inches of colon removed
3 colon surgeries, 2 liver surgeries, 1 lung surgery
hemmoroid removal.12/7/09 found anal melanoma 12/11/09 rare 1% removal of rectum and anus. Colostomy (permanent) 12/28/09
In November 2008 I had the mass removed as well as my right colon and lymph nodes.
Bowel resection in August with (hopefully) temporary colostomy bag. Liver resection with gall blader removal October
APR May 23,2007 Second surgery may 30, 2007
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!
3/7/08 - colon resection. We're talking some pretty serious pain & discomfort here...
Colostomy surgery 6/08
rectal cancerous polyp removed
rectal cancer resection and loop ileostomy- April 13, 2010 Ileostomy takedown- Dec. 7, 2010
I will find out at the end of this month whether my doctor will operate to remove the rectal tumour. I guess it depends on the prognosis for the lung cancer. Surgery will result in a permanent colostomy however it should give me a better quality of life.
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.
July 7th, resection of rectum. tempoary colo bag, Oct 1st, surgery to repair fistula from the first surgery
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.
March 25th 2009 - ultra low rectal resection, illio stoma (reversed in Nov 2009 - farewell to Homa!!)
The most recent surgery involves the removal of section C7 of the spinal column, which had been eaten away by the tumour. An artificial titanium support was installed. For three weeks, my mother was hospitalised and could not walk for several days. With rehab, she began to walk and can do basic things on her own, but her health has been very frail. The area around the incision, at the front and back of the neck, are continuously sore, even almost two months after the surgery. She also lost her voice, and will have to wear a neck brace for 3-6 months.

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.

leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
I'll be having a complete hysterectomy. But before that I have to have a cardioseal implanted in my heart, so that will be scheduled first. Hopefully, within the next two weeks, because we need to get moving on this!
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
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.
No Surgerys yet!! Getting a port soon.
CONE Biopsy June 10th 2010.
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.
5/14/2014 LEEP, D and C, ECC, Hysteroctomy
Vaginaplasty July 2008
Total Vaginal Radical Hysterectomy, kept one ovary, lymph node removal 9/2010
I had a cone biopsy/removal in July, 2011.
Chemotherapy, Radiation, and internal radiation
Robotic assisted radical trachelectomy, lymph node dissection, staging, bilateral ureteral stent placement & removal and cystoscopy (April 28th, 2011)
laporoscopy to remove lymph nodes caused dead legs.....
Surgery was not an option for me. ureter stents
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
Too many to name Brachy therapy 3 times
not an option
radical hysterectomy in Dec. 2005, removal of pelvic lymph nodes, removal of 1/3 of bladder.
Hyst,Colostomy,Stents,Kidney Disease
05/2010 ureter stents bilat. 02/2011 Colostomy
Radical Hysterectomy and removal of 14 lymph nodes. All nodes were negative and had clear margins. Surgery Date was Feb.06, 2012. For the recurrence I after many many scans I had a uteral stent placed to open my blocked left kidney prior to starting treatment.
complete vaginal hysterectomy

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.

2/09/10 port surgically implanted in chest
Colonoscopy, 12/09, no side effects
Colostomy/biopsy on Oct. 4 2012
no surgery recommended at this time
2011 bilateral thoracotamy to remove benign lung nodules
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.
October 23rd 2009 - Colorectal specialist thought it was a fatty tumor. With none of the removal being within margins.
18th February 2014 Examination Under Anaesthetic, Anal and Rectal Biopsies
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.
August 2013. Plan: Excision of carcinoma, as well as razor slice of sphincter and cauterization of two other dysplasia sites . Proposed Side effects: some leakage and a lot of pain in the ass. Preparation for surgery: Probiotics, alkaline diet, cleansing fast. Post surgery: sitz baths, narcotics, analgesic gel, metamucil. Summary: a royal pain in the ass
1/22/10: Outpatient surgery biopsy of anal canal and diagnosis; 2/4/10: Outpatient surgery colonoscopy; 2/5/10: Outpatient surgery place Medport; 2/9/10: Transvaginal CT scan of pelvis; 2/26/10: Primary - blood work, antibiotics, vitamin levels; 4/15/10: Surgeon followup; 4/26/10: Gastro followup; 6/1/10: Ultrasound with contrast of pelvis; 6/16/10: Outpatient surgery Ultrasound with contrast of pelvis; 7/16/10: Gynocology consult at Primary concerning possible perforation; 7/21/10: Venogram of Medport blockage; 8/4/10: CT scan with contrast of pelvis; 8/6/10: Outpatient surgery biopsy of anal canal; 8/26/10: Surgeon followup - NED.
Liver resection Jan 2012
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....
Lesions removed from liver
lymph node removal from iliac area November 2, 2011
Portacath implanted Nov 15, 2013.
No Surgery
1 quadrant hemorrhoidectomy with removal of small tumor on 2/14/12. Called in by doctor for diagnosis on 2/15/12. Positive for cancer.
May 1, 2013. Still painful at site of surgery. They thought they removed a hemmorhoid.
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.
removal of tumor 9/13/2010, originally told precancerous-3 biospies done, a week after surgery told cancer cells found
* 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
Laminectomy and tumor removal of the metestatic sacral tumor. This was done microscopically (with a small spoon). Nov 2012 Wedge resection right lower lobe via thoracotomy.
No surgery.
port 5/16/12 lung wedge resection, 10/9/12 8/20/14,cystoscopy, laparotomy, low anterior resection with partial vaginectomy omental flap, loop ileostomy.

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.

4/10/12 Removed Left Tonsil
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.
Right modified radical neck dissection. tracheostomy direct laryngoscopy Pec flap relocation, reconstruction. radical resection of tonsil partial glossectomy lateral pharyngotomy left fasciocutaneous radial forearm free flap reconstruction split thickness skin graft from left thigh to cover right forearm Debridement of right neck defect mandibulotomy (split jaw) rotational pectoralis major closure of defect split thickness skin graft right thigh (to cover neck) open g-Tube placement
tonsil and lymph nodes removed
Tonsilectomy and Right modified neck dissection 10/12/2011.
Tonsillectomy and a colostomy. The colostomy was the result of complications from my chemo. A colostomy is used associated with colon cancer Not Head and Neck Cancer.
Surgical biopsy of lymph nodes July 21, 2011. Surgical biopsy of tonsil July 27, 2011. Peg tube placement August 2, 2011
biopsy of left tonsil and lymph node
December 6, 2010 left neck resection..
Radical neck dissection in June 2007, followed by concurrent radiation and chemotherepy with cisplatin.
- not there yet -
Removed remaining tonsil with cancer cells, a spot on my tongue, lymph nodes and one saliva gland - December 15, 2010. I could nto get my mouth open far so they had to cut through jaw & neck. Chin, tongue, rt side inside my mouth and some teeth are still sensitive on June 6, 2011. Mouth and tongue are still sensitive on June 4, 2012!!
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.
Surgery was done December 27th. Removal of right tonsil and neck dissection removed 34 lymph nodes which 3 were were positive. There are some slight issues with my shoulder and arm not having full range of motion but this is being worked out through physical therapy. 7 weeks post surgery and the swallowing is totally back. Had to have 5 teeth removed prior to radiation treatment though and that was a minor setback.
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.
January 17, 2011 - Tonsilectomy - Ouch for 2 weeks lost 10 pounds but got through it.
Tonsils removed 6/4/09. Didn't expect cancer.
tonsillectomy 09/09/08 bilateral neck dissetion after chemo and radiation completed
radical neck dissection and skin graft
 12/23/11 Suspension laryngoscopy with rigid esophagoscopy, transoral robotic surgery for left partial pharyngectomy and left-sided selective neck dissection, levels 2 through 4.  
Left tonsil removed on 10/12/11
Tonsillectomy with neck dissection Oct. 26, 2009 Rare complication of Chyllous leakage. Second surgery to repair leak Nov. 13, 2009
Tonsillectomy right side. Post-op 09/30/2011
robotic tonsillectomy 11/23/10 with a modified radical neck followed immediately by a nerve transplant from greater auricular to facial.
Surgical Biopsy 8/15/13

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.

I will receive Hysterectomy after Chemo is complete
January 29, 2014; few side effects
Radical hysterectomy on August 6, 2012. Hot Flashes began 2 weeks later.
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
Hysterectomy was not possible. June 2010 bowel obstruction - colostomy
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
Egg Retrieval [fought for reproductive rights before surgery] on April 20th, 2014. 11 eggs were retrieved, 10 were mature, 4 were fertilized, only 1 made it to blastocyst stage to be frozen, my fiance and I fondly refer to it as "icicle", and we're hoping it will grow into a baby next summer. I had mostly bloating from that surgery, but the medicine I was one to STIM [Lupron, Brevelle, and Menopur] gave me bad migraines. Da Vinci [Robot-Assisted] Laproscopic Hystrectomy and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy on April 20th, 2014. Not too many side-effects- itching/burning around the incisions on my abdomen, gas pain- mostly in my abdomen, abdomen pain- but it feels mostly like I went to the gym and did way too many sit-ups, so it's unpleasant but not unbearable. I have bloating, which is irksome, but that's mostly "swelly belly" from the gas and incisions.
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
Hysterectomy is not an option Emergency surgery bowel obstruction - colostomy 02.05.2011 Ureterstent 02.21.2011
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
25 June 2014 - Sore and tired afterwards, but relieved it was over
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.
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.
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.
Radical TAH/BSO Sept. 12 - lots of nausea and lack of appetite four weeks following.
total Hysterectomy
Complete hysterectomy, July 17, 2005. I had a blood clot that travelled. Also still have a hernia from the surgery. Not to mention a very large scar on my abdomin.
TAH/BSO Dec. 2010
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!
October 7, 2011--Other than short-term digestive issues, recovered swiftly.
Had surgery May 7th. Really sore afterwards, urinary incontinence, lots of vaginal bleeding, nausea, and very tired
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.
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
laproscopy complete hysterectomy

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

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Nose Cancer Surgeries

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

complete removal of nose

Jaw Cancer Surgeries

What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Thoracotomy 7/91 Thoracotomy 8/92 Thoracotomy 9/92
amount of air i could take in and cardio
Lymphnode biopsy Bone marrow biopsy
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.
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
Lymph node removal Bone marrow biopsy Portacath
3/ 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...
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
Lymph node removed on April 3, 2012 Port a cath put in on April 10, 2012 Bone marrow biopsy on April 20, 2012
lymph node biopsy 3/22/10 medi-port put in 4/2/10 bone marrow biopsy 4/9/10
Biopsy
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
12/24/2013 - Core needle biopsy 1/2/2014 - Port placement
Open Biopsy, port placement
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
8/22/12 - Port placement
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.
Just the initial biopsy and to put in a central line
Sternotomy to remove tumor behind sternum
March 16, 2011: Lymph node biopsy and bone marrow aspiration.
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
Port-a-carth 3 months ago
Removal of one axillary lymph node on May 17, 2010, for biopsy.
late may - biopsy june 7 - port

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Bile Duct Cancer Surgeries

What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Surgeries

What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

lost both hips due to medications

Neuroblastoma Cancer Surgeries

What Neuroblastoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Removed kidney and tumor February 1998

Appendecial Cancer Surgeries

What Appendecial Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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