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Breast Cancer Surgeries

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.



Radical Mastectomy in Dec 2000 - couldn't have reconstructive surgery because too many lymph nodes were malignant & had to start immediate aggressive chemotherapy Complete Hysterectomy in Aug 2001 - growths were benign!! Wound Debredment Surgery in July 09 for non-healing wound caused from removing infected medical port. To get this completely healed took more than six months of treatments at the Wound Care Center. It was very painful and worse than chemo side effects.
May 27 2011, lumpectomy, clear margins, centinal lymph nodes removed, ca positive plus 16 other nodes removed due to having implants and not sure the radiation was going to get them. All 16 were negative.
Lumpectomy, Sentinal Node Biopsy. October 2009 Excessive time to wake up - 6.5 hours. Severe rash from Benzoin and Steri-strips
Bilateral Mastectomy March 30, 2010 with left breast being prophylactic with immediate reconstruction. After 6 weeks of recovering from the mastectomy, I seen my oncologist and he decided since I was node negative to put me on tamoxifen due to the tumor size being so small plus my receptors were positive which is an aggresive form of cancer. I have been taking tamoxifen for 6 weeks now and feel pretty good, except for constipation and now take two laxative pills daily to help with this and just recently got hives. I am on steroids to get rid of those.
Double masectomy 11/10/2011 Transflap 5/2012
Lumpectomy and nodal dissection Sept 24, 2009. No side effects other than drainage and mooshed up boobs from the bandages.
2/272013 , Collapsed lung
Bilateral mastectomy ,got mersa almost died removed one expander on 12/11/14. Waiting for expander to be put back in healing from chemo.
April 22, 2009 - mastectomy. I had two drains in for approx. four weeks. That was a drag because the surgeon wouldn't let me drive as long as the drains were in. After surgery I received the good news that I actually had two tumors, the large one being ILC and some lymph node involvement. (I've got to say, when the oncologist's office called with the "you've got two different types of cancer news" I thought for sure I'd wind up in a jar on some med student's desk somewhere). I started to have reconstructive surgery, but changed my mind. That freaked the plastic surgeon out, but that's one decision I haven't regretted.
first surgery is set for 4/25/13- mysectomy went well, found some suprises which changes my treatment plan but what ever it takes to get through this & be here for a long time for my kids. Breast is healing nicely & fills coming along great! Although they took some nodes from my arm pit & almost 3 weeks later I still have very little movement at my armpit area.
Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy, and drainage of multiple cysts that became huge during chemo. Second surgery for axillary dissection after final path report.
My Surgery was April 1 and April 3rd. Pretty easy. I was happy to see my breast had not changed because of surgery.
Bilateral mastectomies may 2010
On December 7 2010 i had a lumpectomy. 2 lymph nodes were removed. I had cancer in 1 node. the cancer was upgraded to stage 2. in january I was scheduled for radiation when I developed an infection at the site of the lumpectomy. i spent 2 weeks in the hospital and another week with a nurse coming daily to my home , giving me antibiotics through a pic line. I then developed lymphodema in my breast.
2/6/03 ~ wake up not initially that fun, adjusting to meds, draining weird to me, scary.......but, determined to use my left arm!
bilateral masectomy with expanders for reconstructive surgery after chemo treatments December 9,2010
Lumpectomy
Mastectomy, Sept. 7, 2011. Recovered well.
June 29th BMX with immediate reconstruction (tissue expanders)
surgery after chemo july 21st, lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy and wires to locate ... not as bad as I thought it would be, less painful following surgery, faster recovery
June 18th Biospy of right breast. Sore July 29th Biospy of left breast with marker. Sore, exhausted from the long procedure. Next day very painful. January 25th Double mastectomy with tissue expander and DIEP Tram Flap from the back. Also lymph node removal. Pain from the tissue expanders, difficulty moving from the Tram Flap incision. Waiting for date in May for removal of tissue expanders.
mastectomy, December 2013
1/30/09 surgery to remove as much of a large tumor from thoracic spine and to insert titanium rods for support; I wear a TLSO brace because the back was riddled with lesions that collapsed vertebrae and will unlikely grow back because of the chemo that contributes to more loss of bone.
Lumpectomy on 7/23/09 no bad side effects from surgery.
12/05/2011 Double

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.

lobectomy 9/24/09,massive infection removal & lobectomy 11/3/09
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
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.
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
Upper right lobe lobectomy on 2/25/14. Pathology done during operation. Stage 1a, size 1.8cm, no lymph node involvement, no pleural involvement.
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!!
No surgery is available in my Father's case.
Removed Kidney, 1990, Tumor regrew by 2000, Cancer Matastized to Lungs, Kidney removal 2000, Lung Hot spot removed 2006. Exercise counteracted side effects.
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
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
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.
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
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
not a candidate for surgery because of location
Surgery for fracture of femur
I had fluid drained off of my lung 2x in late October and then had pulmonary effusion closed off during surgery as well. Got blood clots in my legs and lung after surgery.
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
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
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
lymph node removel
She havent had any surgery yet,.
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!

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.

Lymph node biopsies / Bone marrow biopsy -8/09
Port placement May 2011 Bone marrow Biopsy May 2011
FNA then complete removal of lymph node. Bone marrow biopsy.
Bone Aspiration 7/16/12. Double Port insertion 7/30/12. Rod insertion in right humerous after break at tumor 8/6/12.
Biopsy's (lymph node and bone marrow)
Hernia Surgery
Lymph node biopsy on 11/14/12 Port install on 11/19/12
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
intestine resection due to lymph nodes tearing intestine and causing sepsis.
Lymph node removal and biopsy 3 bone marrow biopsies
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)
Partial Gastrectomy, Vagotomy, Pyloroplasty in October 2008 to remove tumor and adjacent lymph nodes.
lymph node removal for biopsy (2) bone marrow biopsy, installation of a port a cath.
None yet, not operable.
4/9/13 splenectomy - laparoscopic spleen removal surgery wasnt to bad, overnight stay recovery painful.. still in the healing healing process.
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
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 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.
tumor biopsy, pleural effusion: liquid drained from lung, pump put on my heart to drain fluid
April 2008 Biopsy Left Groin Lymph Node May 2008 Left Overy Anf Gall Bladder Removed
Kidney Transplant, 3/17/2004 Tonsilectomy Stomach Lymph Node Removal
Biopsy June 2012 and September 2013
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.
Polyp removed during colonoscopy.
Midline laparotomy, axilar lumpectomy, splenectomy, lumpectomy right neck, ingroinal lumpectomy

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.

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
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.
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.
Left LRN 4/20/10
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
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!
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.
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
Scheduled for an open partial nephretomy on April 21st, 2011
Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy to remove tumor on Left Kidney, March 25th 2011 - Surgery was a great with good margins taken. Side effects were extreme nausea, lung collapse, and continual fluid on left lung to date.
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
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.
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
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
Nephrectomy of the left kidney April 09. The tumor was only 3cm but involved 6.5cm including cortical swelling. Due to its location it destroyed the collective duct and the hole kidney had to be remove along with the adrenal gland. The normal side effects from a nephrectomy are present. An unexpected side effect is irretractable hiccups, for the past three years that still proceed. Due to my "stone former" status I have to follow the precautionary diet to prevent me from forming new kidney stones
Radical nephrectomy to remove my left kidney with thrombectomy as the cancer has spread thru the inferior vena cava just below the liver, was done on July 9, 2010. Woke up in the ICU with excruciating pain the staff gave morphine to ease it. Spent 7 days in the hospital and went back to work w/in 2 weeks. Doctors advised me to undergo chemo as they have not taken all of the tumor in the IVC.
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).
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11

Pancreas Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
Whipple procedure on May 17, 2012. I can eat anything that I want but have the side effect of having to have a bowel movement after every meal.......sometimes diarrhea but always unformed. This has caused me to lose a total of 45 pounds since surgery. I have been able to maintain my weight at 145 now because I eat at least every 2 hours if not more often.
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
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.
Inoperable
surgery not an option
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!
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
Whipple, March 2008
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.
Whipple, October 2008
Non operable
9/6/13 total tumor removal with clean margins, 7 of 21 tested lymph nodes positive
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
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
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Whipple Surgery he did remarkably well only pain from scar areas.
Whipple, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.
4/27/2011
whipple 4/27/2011
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
Gallbladder surgery that discovered the tumors, urethral stent implanted.No side effects.

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.
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.

I had surgey Dec. 23rd 2011 to remove the tumor I had. That's when they found the cancer. They had to remove my left ovary and tube.
Debulking 6/1/10; recurrent bowel mass removed 3/12.
Everything female down there taken..Delivered a 9 pound tumor as well.
October 2009--unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
In 2003 I had a partial hysterectomy. I had two tumors one a football size and another a basketball size in my ovaries. When they removed them I lost about 60lbs. My wound did not close right so I had 3 hernia surgeries after that. I have also had a laprosopic surgery to look around and remove some of the tumors.
3/31/2014 Paracentesis for ascites in abdomen. Found Atypical cells in abdominal fluid. 2000ml drained. 4/04/2014 - Exploratory Laparotomy, Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, Bilateral Salpingo-oopherectomy, omentectomy, lymph node dissection, cancer staging. Found tumor in both ovaries. Left ovary and mass measured 9.0 x 7.5 x 2.0 cm. Right ovary and mass measured 10.5 x 7.5 x 5.1 cm. Nodules on my omentum, bladder, and paracolic gutter (area between the abdominal wall and the colon). All of these we're non-invasive implants.
I've had 3 surgeries total. The 1st was laproscopic when they discovered I didn't have endometriosis, what they originally thought I had. That's when they discovered that the 2 huge tumors were either cancerous or pre-cancerous. On the 2nd surgery they removed the 2 tumors and managed to save my ovaries, but the patholgy sent to Johns Hopkins came back showing a 6 mm invasive carcinoma in my right ovary, and the left ovary had a micro-invasive tumor. On January 29th, 2007, I had a total ovarian hysterectomy.
2/16/05 - Left Ovary, falopian tube, pelvic tissue, lymph nodes removed Side effects, horrible scar, numb skin. 9/24/08 - full hysterectomy
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.
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
Hysterectomy 1993; ovarian cancer removal 2007; thyroid cancer removed 2009.
Salpingo Oophorectomy, right ovary, July 8 2009
Complete debulking and 2 laperoscopies
TAH/BSO Feb.2009 Colostomy Nov.2010
The surgery was on December 4, 2008. During the surgery I had both ovaries removed and two lymph nodes removed as well. The recovery from the surgery was rough but I got through it.
I've had one surgery. Can't imagine there would be much need to do another... they removed just about everything including my appendix (smile).
Removal of left ovary 06/2007... (Football sized dysgerminoma tumor located on left ovary which grew all the way around healthy ovary) 6 inch incision on lower abdomen.
05/09/12 - Complete hysterectomy, omentectomy, bilateral saplingo-oophorectomy...everything gone, including 18lb tumor (otherwise known as "Jabba the Hutt"...was told that I would be in the hospital for 5-7 days...started walking as soon as the catheter was removed...off of the morphine pump the following day and took my 60 staples home on Day 3. I spent the next 2 weeks in the recliner and walking circles around the inside of the house. Sense of humor remained in place...I was afraid that they had removed that, as well. I did not have a lot of "pain"...to me it was discomfort and I managed it with prescription ibuprofen although I went home with plenty of Percocet and Vicodin. I did not like to use the narcotics, as they made my feel "stupid". I had my staples out (it was a breeze and yes, I did save them) on Day 13 and attended "chemo class" the next day. I learned that the "sweet" spot to start chemo is between 3-4 weeks after surgery so I became a woman with a mission...to get my port installed in time to start chemo as soon as possible.
Exploratory intent. I had partial hysterectomy in 1992 due to large fibroid. this surgery July 6,2009 removed remaining ovary, appendics, four lympth nodes, and a mass that was 20 cm in size and approx. 8lbs 2oz. Before surgery my CA-125 was 266. After the surgery my CA-125 was down to 30. No side affects, just an ugly new stomach. As of today May 15,2010 my CA-125 3.21
9/1/05 Full Hyster, Omentum, Appendix, etc. 4/22/06 Diaphgram muscle lining peeled off, microscopic cancer found at that gime (after 8 rounds of chemo).
I had one overy and tumor removed in june and then i had staging sergery and three little tumors removed in july
April 7, 2010 - radical hysterectomy with lymph node and omentum removal. Ovarian cancer discovered in surgery. Surgery recovery was very easy for me.
August 8,2006 Major debulking lasting 10 hours and 3 surgeons the cancer was all the way to my diaphram A swollen lymph node against my uretha from my left kindney caused me to have a stint put in the uretha in september
Removal of ovary, fallopian tube, and lymphnodes
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.

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Right side Taken out on 7/25/2013 and then the left side was taken out on 9/11/2013. I recovered quickly from both
Total tyroidectomy 8-2011. Surgery went great. Spent one night in hospital and went shopping the day I left :)
Biopsy- Dec 2010 Thyroid Removal and possible lymph nodes- May-4-2011
June 9, 2008: Subtotal Thyroidectomy August 21, 2009: Substantial Thyroidal Mass Surgery
Thyroidectomy in two steps - April 2011 Very uneventful - some vocal chord stunning but recovered completely. A true answer to prayer as she is a soprano! Left neck dissection June 2012 Right neck dissection March 2013
I had a total thyroidectomy in April. They also removed twenty-some lymph nodes on the left side of my neck.
September 19, 2011
Total thyroidectomy to remove 3 masses, on May 11, 2009
Surgery - Thyroidectomy, Date - Sept 12th 2011, Side Effects - Chronic Nausea, Strained Vocal Cords, & Breathing Issues.
Had my whole thyroid removed and some lymphnodes removed. Still going through test to see if I need treatment.
Hello i just had my surgery on Friday November 5th, I had a tumor that was going to be removed upon finishing the surgery the surgeon told me that he had to remove my whole thyroid because the tumor had Cancer. I'm still very dizzy, depressed have a lot of body ache. Feel drained and very tired.
removed rightside of my thyroid because of a large goiter ( multi nodule cyst).Now Imust go back for second surgery. wanting to get a 2nd patholgy test ???
Complete Thyroidectomy and lymph node removal on July 16, 2014
surgery went better than expected! Healing was quick. I actually feel better after surgery than before! :)
4 surgeries within 10 months. I've passed the 1/4 million dollar mark!
complete thyroidectomy and bilateral neck dissection. 68 lymph nodes were removed and 24 were malignant
8/9/11: Total Thyroidectomy
May 27, 2010
Thyroidectomy and removal of tumour on May 5th, 2010. Tumour the size of a nectarine and it spread to two lymph nodes on the right side.
Thyroidectomy, May 21, 2014
October 5 th, 2012. Thyroidectomy with full neck dissection. 3 draining tubes and full neck swelling. 86 lymphnodes removed with 14 showing Papillary Cancer. Upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 3. Prognosis remains the same. Treatable.
First ultrasound in April, 2009 and FNA in June, 2009. Identified a non-cancerous growth. Ultrasound a year later in June 2010 revealed a 30% increase in size. Surgery: July 21, 2010 - hemithyroidectomy of the right lobe. Pathology revealed Papillary carcinoma. Second surgery: Scheduled for August 19, 2010 - remaining thyroidectomy. And then Radioactive Iodine down the line...
Since half my thryoid was substernal and huge, it wouldn't come out through the standard thyroid incision. I had to have a sternotomy along with a partial right lobe thyroidectomy. When the pathology report came back showing cancer, they had to remove the remaining portion of my right lobe in a second surgery two months later.
Went in April (2011) for thyroidectomy. Previous biopsy showed no cancer but path report came back positive.
4/11/14: total thyroidectomy, central compartment neck dissection, and modified radical neck dissection. Side effects: swelling, bruising, stiffness, sore throat, trouble swallowing.

Stomach Cancer Surgeries

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Brain Cancer Surgeries

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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
Inoperable
10/06 resection he is no longer the man I married tumor was in left temporal lobe
Needle biopsy of brain tumor. I chose to stay awake during the procedure.
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
Resection, March 23, 2010
Craniatomy May 2011
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.
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
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
I have a piece of my skull missing and I have nerve damage which effects my left arm and hand.
Biopsy February 203
Right fronto-parietal craniotomy and complete macroscopic excision of extra-axial tumour. 24/08/2012 The surgery was predicted to take all day but only lasted 3 hours and the surgeon was able to remove the whole tumour without causing any damage to my brain =)
Biopsy done and shes never been the same. Not a candidate for recession
craniotomy on 1/30/09 with ability to speak better immediately but still needs lots of speech therapy.
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.
1st craniotomy- 5 cm tumor- August 7, 2002- Anoplastic Astrocytoma- Grade 2/3 2nd craniotomy- 2 cm tumor- September 23, 2009- Glioblastoma- Grade 4
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
I was woke and had to talk and stay woke during the whole surgery. January 17,2010, 5 hours. weakness,less appetite,and fatigue.
removed 85% from right frontal lobe about 4 weeks ago. 20/11/2012. no pain but a very strange experience. felt very detached from myself for 3weeks and very tired and forgetful. seem to be wearing off but still need lots of sleep!
Craniotomy, 8/8/1986
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.
2 brain surgeries. mediport. spinal catheter. feeding tube. lung cath.

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.

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.
Colon resection April 2004, Liver resection August 20009
just surgery for insertion of port, no side effects
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
Surgery -1) Port - 7.29.11, went ok. Dr didn't say anything about liver & colon resection. 2) 3.1.13, Abdominoperineal resection & colostomy.
colon resection with liver wedge biopsy 2/2008 severe anemia
Aug '05 Colon Resection, Feb '06-RFA Liver, Liver Resection.
01/01/12 no side effects went well. Just can't keep food in my stomach too long
Colostomy. July 17th. No initial side effects, she felt great. About a week after her surgery she was diagnosed with c-diff and spent another week in the hospital.
Initial surgery in 2009, Stage I no chemo. CEA elevated in August, CT/PET showed single met to liver. Right lobe of liver removed September 16 with multiple re-admits to the hospital and recovery spanning 4 weeks.
September 2005 - Duke Medical Center, Durham NC: Trans anal resection of the rectum Stage I; Allergic to antibiotics and pain meds; hospital stay 8 days. March 2007 – Haywood Regional Medical Center, Clyde NC: Vaginal Sling; due to damage from the radiation treatment; Outpatient. April 2007 – Duke Medical Center, Durham NC: Trans anal resection of the rectum; Cancer reoccurrence Stage I; hospital stay 1 day. November 2007 – Duke Medical Center, Durham NC: Permanent Colostomy; Cancer reoccurrence Stage II; hospital stay 8 days.
8/6/08- Total colectomy and appendectomy... after surgery body went into acidosis. 8/7/08- Emergency surgery from complications... resection of the small intestine and temporary ileostomy. 10/8/08- Reversal of the ileostomy. Extremely sick for the following month, then found out I had an infection. 11/10/08- Lung surgery due to a developed strep infection in my liver and lung cavity. 12/12/11- Partial oopherectomy to remove a mass. Mass was benign and endometriosis was confirmed.
First surgery was 1/6/14 to remove large mass and create an ileostomy. Surgery went great(Robotic--6 hours) but my body didn't want to be as positive about everything. Lost all appetite for several days and then began vomiting if I drank any fluids. After doing a Small Bowel xray, found a small narrowing near the site of the ileostomy but was believed to be swelling. I would actually have a few good days here and there which made me feel like I was improving and just had to wait for my body to respond to this new life. Remained in the hospital for 9 days but was hoping to leave after 4 or 5. After I got home, the ileostomy bag---which is no fun, but only temporary, would do it's thing for the most part but there were days where I would get little to nothing in the bag for a whole day. That's when I knew something wasn't right. Eventually it would start working so the surgeon kept a very close eye on progress. Suddenly, on the 3rd week post op, I started cramping which increased over a 3 day period to the point it felt I was having labor pains every 4 to 6 minutes. I couldn't sleep, eat or rest at any point but I was determined to handle this on my own and get thru it. Not a smart move. Finally made an appointment with my surgeon( who I love) on the 3rd day from Hell, he took one look at me and said we need to do emergency surgery and reverse the ileostomy. I had a small bowel obstruction after all. My tumor was so close to the sphincter muscle that he was afraid I hadn't given the surgical area enough time to heal but the reversal actually went well. Obviously if the sphincter muscle isn't strong, it can result in fecal incontinance. That second surgery was 1/31/14. Had a third surgery on 2/21/14 to place a Purple power port and do an anal dilatation because I was getting very uncomfortable in the anal region. Sadly, another complication I am dealing with is a neurogenic bladder, meaning I haven't been able to empty my bladder normally since the first surgery. My urologist believes this will return to normal but can't give me any time frame to expect. Having to self cath myself at this time, which isn't horrible but not very practical or convenient when working full time and being very active.
Inoperable, primary tumor lodged in pelvis
12 inches of the sigmoid colon was removed on 1/16/2012. It was able to be reattached without the need of a colostomy.
7/11/07 1/3 colon removed and resected (no colostomy bag needed). Had 16 of 64 liver lymph nodes impacted. Had gallbladder and one cystic (non-cancerous ovary removed). Had hepatic pump implanted to deliver chemo directly to the liver when I wasn't getting systemic chemo.
Colon resection upcoming
Open surgery, removed lymph nodes, resected sigmoid, removed some of small intestine, removed gall bladder, resected liver
In the hospital for 5 days for colon resection and temporary colostomy. Stage 3c, 6sm tumor removed, 15/33 infected lymph nodes, well differentiated cells.
Doing chemo and radiation prior to surgery. European standard to reduce the tumor size. Surgery March/April
Blood transfusion immediately, multiple tests, & scheduled colonoscopy resulted in surgery Feb 5, 2005, showing the presence of a tumor just above the appendix that had to be removed. A 2 foot long section of the colon was removed & the ends reattached. Biopsy showed stage 4 disease with metastasis to the peritoneum.
October 2010- colonoscopy showed a "polyp" too large to remove at the beginning of my colon near the cecum. Biopsy did not show any cancer, just abnormal cells and I was told the polyp would need removed either way. Continued working and named polyp "Albert" December 3rd 2010- scheduled for a "SILS" procedure: single incision laparoscopic surgery to remove "Albert", supposed to be back to work in 4 weeks. Yeah, right... Wake up to the Dr telling me he had to do an open surgery so he could get at my liver and lymph nodes. Some lymph nodes removed but liver has too many lesions to do anything. My polyp was trying to punch thru the colon and grab my gall bladder, luckily it wasn't successful. Went from being "no big deal polyp" to "you have stage 4 colon cancer" Was told an oncologist would be in to see me the next day. Wasn't going to be able to eat until I passed gas, nothing but ice chips, morphine pump, walks down the hall and breathing treatments for 4 days. December 28th: surgery to put in a port for chemo, with first treatment to be given the 29th (next day)
We all had colon surgery @ same time in January 2006. Bart's cancer had penetrated his colon, and infected his liver, lung, and brain. He has been under chemo for many months. Brian had entire colon removed, but retains his rectum. Bruce had about 2 feet removed. Both Brian and Bruce had surgery again, due to complications. It all hurt like heck. But today, we all three are doing great.
Had surgery july 2009 removed section of lower rectom.I was cut open from under ribs to below belly button.Recovery time was about 10 weeks. as of feb 2010 I may have to have another surgery to remove a cancer cell
Colostomy surgery 6/08

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).
Nov 3rd 2011 scheduled
Total Vaginal Radical Hysterectomy, kept one ovary, lymph node removal 9/2010
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
Too many to name Brachy therapy 3 times
laporoscopy to remove lymph nodes caused dead legs.....
9/2/2010 modified radical robotic hysterectomy. GAS!! lots of gas!!
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.
not an option...
Chemotherapy, Radiation, and internal radiation
A pelvic exenteration was attempted January 31. 2013. It was aborted due to the spreading of the cancer. Surgeons removed the uterus and 95% of the visible cancer instead.
leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.
No Surgerys yet!! Getting a port soon.
Da Vinci Robotic radical hysterectomy with lymph node dissection 11/10/10. Had a complication (my colon was STUCK) to my uterus due to adhesions, and they had to cut my colon and repair it. Turned into a 7 hour surgery, and the result is that I cam home with a catheter and a small drain for 13 days
Removal of 10c tumor. 9-8-10
Radical Hysterectomy Nerve damage in abdomen, left leg
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.
cold knife conization scheduled. radical hysterectomy to be done after they shrink the tumor, which appears to be 7 cm wide???
complete vaginal hysterectomy
Surgery was not an option for me.
5/14/2014 LEEP, D and C, ECC, Hysteroctomy
I did 6 wks chemo and five weeks radiation. I had to do radiation every weekday for five weeks. I did chemo five times, it was every Monday for three hours. I would not do the port they put in your chest, I took and Iv in the arm. They gave me two bags saline solution, one bag steroid and one bag of the chemo drug cisplatin.
Surgery was not an option for me. ureter stents
not an option
Radical Trachlectomy May 18, 2011 with lymphnode disection April 4th D&C, with Cone bx

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 radial orchiectomy
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

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

Bone Marrow Biopsies depending upon what my blood work reflects on how often I now get BMB.2005 Vertioblasty performed when I received a double compression fx. of T-7 & T-8 from biopsy. Nose reconstructive & internal reduction 3/2010 after a fall where I fx. my nose

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.

no surgery recommended at this time
18th February 2014 Examination Under Anaesthetic, Anal and Rectal Biopsies
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.
polyp removed during routine colonoscopy - pathology diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma
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.
2011 bilateral thoracotamy to remove benign lung nodules
November 29, 2010 Removed tumor. I was sore, but had immediate relief.
No surgery as cancer was Stage 1.
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.
colostomy because I developed a fistula during radiation
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....
I have not had surgery but am investigating the possibility of a liver rescetion.
Excision Surgery and further examination. Margings were clear so no Chemo for me! Tons of pain after surgery. Getting better every day.
* 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
7/20/09 Colonoscopy and biopsy. 7/27/09 Medi-port placement.
12-18-09 Biopsy (painful recovery due to constipation) 12-28-09 Port implanted (had neck/shoulder pain that lasted a week) 01-07-10 colonoscopy
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....
6/97 out-patient excision/surgery without clean margins; 9/97 out-patient groshong port implanted. It was removed in March, 1998. My chest muscles had grown around it, and the removal was 2+ hours.
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.
anal excision Oct. 5, 2009, no side effects other than minor discomfort
colostomy, stint in kidney with drain
Resection -Nov 16 Port- Dec 3
November 13th, 2009 - colostomy surgery - temporary if chemo/rad treatments are successful
June 2007; Lower right lung wedge resection
anal biopsy, power port, liver biospy, liver resection, gallbladder removed

Vulva Cancer Surgeries

What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Sept 2011-Laser Jan 3, 2012

Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Bone Cancer Surgeries

What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Hypopharynx Cancer Surgeries

What Hypopharynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Eye and Orbit Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Surgeries

What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Ureter Cancer Surgeries

What Ureter Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Esophagus Cancer Surgeries

What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Tonsil Cancer Surgeries

What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Surgery: Friday February 8th 2008 Scar from below right ear to below my chin. Also removal of my right tonsil. My cheek felt numb for several weeks like when you come back from the dentist after getting novacaine. Now sensation is coming back. It feels a bit tight, but the least of my worries :) Official status is TX, N2b, MO. Meaning unknown primary, several lymph nodes, surgeon removed all visible cancer.
Tonsillectomy - 12/10/10 Modified Neck Dissection - 12/27/10
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.
8/7/12-tonsilectomy and biopsies of throat and tongue; throat & tongue NED; cancer in left tonsil; 8/29/12-lymph node removal; one lymph node positive, others NED.
standard tonsillectomy, went excellent I was abble to eat almost everything at day 3
1st surgery removed right palatine tonsil/base of tongue on 3/20/09 {by robotic surgery}..in hospital 3 nights 2nd surgery removed right neck lymph node on 3/30/09..in hospital 1 night
Left tonsil removed on 10/12/11
Tonsilectomey excistion around tonsils
tonsillectomy via robotics and lymph node removal - 12/23/11
26 Feb 2008 radical neck dissection of right side of neck, Bilateral Tonsillectomy. The neck dissection took the right jugglar, muscle, 80 nodes, the 12th spinal accessory nerve, which paralyzed my right trapezius muscle which has resulted in the right should slumping forward somewhat, asome range of motion issues. The bilateral tonsillectomy, too the tonsillar pillar and to ensure that I had a clean margin, around the right tonsil, the 5th nerve was removed which handle the function of the right side of my tounge, which has faciltated some difficulties in swallowing.
neck resection and removal of 55 glands of which 4 lymph nodes were cancerous but luckily encapsulated
Removed tonsils and Lymph nodes
- not there yet -
4/8/13 Laryngoscopy & Tonsil biopsies with possible rt. tonsillectomy- (frozen section was neg. so tonsil wasn't removed) Bx report showed Positive CD-20 B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder. I had some pain. 5/6/13 Right tonsillectomy - I had pain and at times it was difficult. I had no vomiting or bleeding.
Biopsy done August 28th/09 Quadroscopy and biopsies November 27 Feb. 18, 2010 Major 20 hr combination surgeries with complications
Tonsillectomy - 11/14/11 - extreme sore throat, difficulty swallowing. Partial neck dissection 4/4/12 - removed cancerous lymph node (there were no remaining active cancer cells) and surrounding lymph nodes (all clean).
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
Tonsil only March, 2008
Surgery was conducted on Nov 8th 2010 and lasted 8 1/2 hours. Surgery consisted of partial tonsilectomy (left tonsil) and removal of 40 lymph nodes. Remained in ICU 12 days; 10 days heavily sedated due to "being a bad patient" (combative). Could not drink liquids without them shooting through my nostrils for 2 weeks. I could manage one small ice chip but not two. A PET scan revealed one lymph node that probably was malignant. This necessitated radiation treatment.
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 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!!
June 10, 2009 - right side tonsillectomy.
3 Biopsies w/ Triscope- Feb 10th, 2012. G-Tube placed- March 3rd, 2012, 12 Teeth extracted. Only side effects were pain and some nausea.
radical neck dissection and skin graft
11/10 Radical Neck Dissection 6/12 Neck Dissection 8/12 Radical Neck Dissection with pec flap 10/13 Neck Dissection 10/23 Neck dissection, carotid artery removal, vagus nerve.

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.

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.
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...
attempted hyster in oct-- endometriosis too involved too risky tocomplete -- closed and hoped other options would work
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
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.
Hysterectomy, lymph node removal
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.
TAH/BSO Dec. 2010
Total hysterectomy June 13, 2009
I will be having surgery tomorrow morning at 6 am, December 21st, to make an opening in my uterus to allow them access to the tumor. I will be having high dose radiation twice daily for 3 days.
Radical TAH/BSO Sept. 12 - lots of nausea and lack of appetite four weeks following.
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
hysterectomy 31/03/2009
Had surgery May 7th. Really sore afterwards, urinary incontinence, lots of vaginal bleeding, nausea, and very tired
5/13/2014
colostomy April 2nd. ureter stents, bladder catheter since May 2011 total pelvic exenteration Nov.2011
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.
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy, and lymph node removal were performed for the endometrial cancer on Dec 5, 2013. Effects: pain, nausea, unable to void without catheterization, night sweats Subtotal Colectomy with Ileorectal Anastamoses (with temporary ileostomy) Dec 27, 2013 for the colon cancer (separate primary cancer)
laproscopy complete hysterectomy
total Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy was not possible. June 2010 bowel obstruction - colostomy

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
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!
3 surgeries beginning in 2009, 2010, 2011
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
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.
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.

Bipsopy, anterior mediastinotomy. Feb 2011
I have had five different surgery's, for four different cancer issues. Complete exploratory, splenectomy,(little side effects). Five inches of rib was taken right above left breast. Hysterectomy - very slow recovery because of infection. Brain surgery because of ruptured tumor. Honestly the worse thing yet. I as well had both parathyroids and Thyroid glands removed with five accompanied tumors that were attached to them. Sheesh...when u write it all out like that, it makes me wonder why in the heck I am still here? I am still suffering side effects. We cannot get the meds. leveled out. I have been known to get up, sit down for a bite of breakfast and wake up three hours later with toast still in my mouth and hand. Very sleepy! But alive!!!
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...
Thoracotomy 7/91 Thoracotomy 8/92 Thoracotomy 9/92
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.
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
Lymph node excision/biopsy- 9.6.12, port placement 9.25.12, bone marrow biopsy 9.28.12
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.
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
Tracheotomy was done as my Trachea was nearly closed by the pressure of tumor.Central Vena Cava vein is still closed
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.
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.
11/02/10- Biopsy on left lymph Node- Pain, swelling. 12/10- Port placement-Pain swelling 03/11-Port malfunction and removal- Heart Damage, 3 days Hospitalized 03/11-PICC Line placement-pain, annoyance, No swimming :(
Lymph node removed on April 3, 2012 Port a cath put in on April 10, 2012 Bone marrow biopsy on April 20, 2012
Excisional Biospy December 2008 - Anesthetics had me singing Billy Bragg and Chelsea football support songs in pre-op. Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy February 2009 - Bruising on my neck, weird dull pain. Excisional Biopsy March 2009 - At this point the swelling was so bad that my trachea had deviated several inches making it difficult to breathe, it was excellent to have that relieved. Bone Marrow Biopsy April 1 2009 - day before my 21st birthday, I laughed because some one had to stare at my butt. Port implant April 1 2009 - felt weird, guy did a terrible job in not sterile environment, became infected 3 weeks later, had to have it removed, that was the worst part so far. PICC line placed April 24 2009 - Lidocaine didn't numb the tissue just the muscle in my arm, scalpels hurt as much as you would imagine. New Port Placed June 2009 - beautiful job done by surgeon, no complaints. Healed quickly.
Oct. 18, 2010- medi-port
lump removed on right side of neck 08/15/11
Biopsy of smaller lump in my neck.
Thoracotomy, on my birthday. I felt like I'd been caught in a bear trap.
Lymph node biopsy Bone marrow biopsy--would have rather had another baby...at least you can opt for an epidural. Mediport placement
3/ 2012
CT Biopsy (March 2008) inconclusive, Biopsy of the sacrum (April 2008), Port inserted (June 2008), Port extracted (July 2010).
Lymphnode biopsy Bone marrow biopsy

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.

Uncategorized Cancer Surgeries

What Uncategorized Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

11/4/08 - full hysterectomy, right hemi-colectomy (1/3rd removed), appendectomy. First operation ever. Muscle and bowel issues.
Biopsy on chest.. Chamber procedure. That's it. Big scar.
12/29/06 - Left breast lumpectomy, reconstruction. Removal of five lymph nodes all negative.
Dec. 6, 2010: Went into the Marin General ER with (what I thought) was bad food poisoning. Turned out to be a carcinoid tumor wrapped around my intestines and appendix. The doctor removed part of the lower intestine, tumor and appendix. He put it all in a bucket and showed it to my wife in the waiting room. It took about five months to recover from all that. My system is still kinda tender. Summer 2011: Right hemicolectomy at Stanford to remove some lymph nodes that showed signs of cancer. It took a few months before the sutures really healed and longer before I felt I could get back into a normal routine.
2001: initial debulking; 2005: debulking, mesh placement for hernia; 2006: mesh removal and abdominal wall reconstruction
I am under observation Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, AZ I am not sure what are they waiting for.
Hysterectomy 10 years ago..not a safety net since I developed Ovarian Cancer recently. Omentectomy in Febuary to remove tumors.
I only have the one Lymph Node removed so I can't give too much help in that area. It went real good and not much of a scar. It was taken from the side of my neck.
Cancer debulking with all the works...
Thyroid Cancer....diagnosed April 2011. I am currently experiencing side effects such as hives, chest pain, severe mood swings, anxiety, and a great deal of frutstration. They are having difficulty regulating my meds.
In March of 2008 I had mastectomy. One month later I had a infection, for one week I stayed in the hospital. I felt a lot of pain, toke injection in my stomach everyday for my blood not coagulate, antibiotics etc.
Trans Hiatal Esophagectomy
Right
Right side mastectomy w/ lymph node removal was June 18th, 2012. I went home from hospital the day after surgery. Drains were removed 2 weeks later without complications. I will have the left side mastectomy with total reconstruction after I complete radiation.
I went to the doc. after a year of feeling out of it in 2005 and no one would listen to me for yrs..I went to e.r. room twice a year still no help in 2006 Dec. a doc heard me and did find a tumor 15cm i looked 6mo preg. my blood level was at 35.They took out one side and now i deal with other side.
Exams under anasthesia for biopsies and check for mets. No side effects. Then July 2009 had to have a Total Pelvic Exenteration for persistent cancer. Living iwth a urostomy and colostomy now.
Tumor removal-October 3, 2008-No side effects Finger amputation and sentinal node biopsy-Nov. 12, 2007-No side effects Lymph node dissection-Dec 9, 2008-No side effects except for coming home with a drain for 2 weeks
resection of my liver 1990 total removal of thyroid 2010
2006, December no side effects that are permanent
En bloc surgery. They removed his spleen, his left adrenal gland, and of course, the 5 pound tumer that had encased his adrenal gland
Tumor removed on 5/22/07 as well as gallbladder, and adrenal gland
Omentectomy June 2010
PV is treatable but not curable
march 24th 2011, not sure yet about what all they will take, so far its gonna be right ovary and fallopian tube, oomentum, large tumour and complex hemorraghic mass on my left ovary, really hoping that ovary is ok,
Full Hysterectomy 11/2005
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