What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Bilateral mastectomy with removal of extra skin and 5 lymph nodes.
Partical double mastectomy/lymph nodes removed Dec. 15th, 2010 Where the lymph nodes were removed had fluid build up was very sore.
I had a lumpectomy in May and Then had to have a re-excision in June to get clean margins. I was just a little sore from each surgery.
Bilateral mastectomy ,got mersa almost died removed one expander on 12/11/14. Waiting for expander to be put back in healing from chemo. had expander put back in but everytime they fill it my insition rips back open. still waiting….
from 6/06 to 8/06 I had 3 surgerys one to remove the cancers for bio. the another to remove tissue and limpnodes and one to put a port in for chemo
Hopefully a lumpectomy after chemo has shrunken the mass; otherwise a mastectomy; reconstructive surgery. Post Op. note: bilateral mastectomy after two attempts at lumpectomy - good thing because undetected cancer was found in both nipples. It's all in a jar now!
Mastectomy and removal of two lymph glands Dec. 2009.
lumpectomy, iort radiation at time of surgery, reconstruction then additional auxiliary lymph node dissection. ***Terrible arm pain.
I was lucky that I only had to wait about one week to have surgery. It was so disappointing to know that I would have to have chemo. I woke up with the tube under my arm and knew that meant lymph nodes and chemo. Can't I do anything easy?
My first surgery was on September 22, 2005 where I had a lump in my breast removed. I got the call on September 26th that is was cancerous. My second re-excision surgery was on October 5th. The cancer reoccurred and was found on May 29, 2009. I am scheduled to have a mastectomy on Thursday June 11, 2009.
March 09 -lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed. A drain I called wayne came to stay in my body for a week. We didn't get on .
lumpectomy in August, 2007- no complications and no pain
2/17/10 - Lumpectomy, Axillary Node Dissection, Medi port 3/10/10 Re-excision
left total mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy with immediate reconstruction with tissue expander. August 2012. pain, fatigue, skin tenderness, inflammation.
3/07 - Radical Mastectomy Right Side 3/07 - Port placement 5/07 - Emergency removal of infected tissue expander 4/08 - Lap band for future tram flap reconst. 8/08 - Ovaries removed as a precaution 1/10 - Removal of left breast - Bilateral free tram flap reconstruction 5/10 - Breast revision reconstruction
too many surgeries. Since my recent diagnosis Feb 2, 2010 I have not had any surgeries. Nothing left to remove.
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.
Mastectomy (single) with lymphnode biopsy - Sept 30, 2010 Major fatigue, arm soreness, general pain, emotional trauma
lumpectomy and SNB all went well had trouble with drainage and had to have it drained a few times. Now having problem with fluid in breast
I have had two surgeries-lumpectomy and reincision to get the rest of lump and port installment.
June 29th BMX with immediate reconstruction (tissue expanders)
5 cycles chemo, double mastectomy, 25 doses radiation. Hair and nail loss, intense bone pain, shortness of breath,fatigue, emotional turmoil.
only removal of my ovaries
sentinel lymphnode biopsy 9/10 mastectomy 2/2/11 with lymphnode removal and reconstruction started
March 17th, 2011: single mastectomy (skin saving) with immediate reconstruction - silicon implants. Only 2 weeks in, so hard to say! Going well so far...
What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
attempted prostate removal in Dec 2010, it was abondoned due cancer already found outside the capsule, lymph nodes imlications
Open radical retropubic prostatectomy, Sept. 11, 2007.
Retropubic Radical Protateclocy December 16 2008, Scaring and some pain when walking. Not much at all.
Invasive. Post op issues : mild incontenence, ED and depression
Side effects: some scare tissue in bladder, stress incontinence
Had three gold markers inserted around April or May, 2113, followed by some bleeding and soreness that passed in a couple of days.
attempted removal of prostate, found adjacent lympnodes involed, abandoned removal....started hormone theraphy 01/06
Schedule May 2007
Have not chosen treatment. Leaning towards removal of the prostate
catheter--pain--relapse 2nd week--rushed to hospital--blood sugar drop to 40/60--death immenient --wife arrived in time--more treatments
Radical Prostatectomy, 27th October 2011.
Da Vinci Robotic Controlled prostatectomy, November 2012. Cathererized 1 week. Regained full bladder control almost immediately. Kegel exercises highly recommended
What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
Surgery for fracture of femur
11/27/12 hair loss
She havent had any surgery yet,.
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
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
not a candidate for surgery because of location
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
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.
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
june 2014 ..none
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
No surgery is available in my Father's case.
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
9 yrs ago-ipsilateral thyroidectomy, radical neck dissection, 2 thyroplasties. Jun-08-pnuemonectomy w/ part of my pericardium and diaphram removed. OUCH!!!!!!
removed right lung 6/7/2009 - limited movement in rt arm,can not reach very high and then some pain.slight pains from time to time around incision.dr. say it will improve with time
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.
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.
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!!
lymph node removel
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.
What Bladder Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
They removed the tumor by going throught the urethral tube. October 30th 07 was my surgery date and I had a great doctor. I had chemo injected into my bladder right after surgery as a preventive method. I had a hysterectomy in Feb 08 as a preventive surgery because of where the tumor had been removed from. The recovery for this was 12 weeks long and very painful. Still have side-effects from that last surgery.
First Surgery 3.5 years ago to remove two tumors. BCG treatments to follow. Not much pain other than the catheter. Second surgery on the bladder to remove a tumor November 18, 2010
TURBT Cath five days, burning when voiding once removed ach in bladder regions urgency to 4 minutes or less at times for 24 hours. blood and clots when voiding
Went in for a biopsy, stayed for the removal, never looked back. God is good! Now every 6 months I get scoped. After the last check up Doc says every 12 for a scope every 6 for a pee test. Boy am I gonna miss getting scoped. The thing looks like a straw and feels like a sewer line.
Removal of cancer6 weeks rest
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
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.
Lymph Node Surgery Feb 15th 2011.
tumor biopsy, pleural effusion: liquid drained from lung, pump put on my heart to drain fluid
removal of lymph node for dx
Lymph node biopsy.
5/14/2014 for suspicion of new cancer. Outpatient procedure.
4/9/13 splenectomy - laparoscopic spleen removal surgery wasnt to bad, overnight stay recovery painful.. still in the healing healing process.
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
Port implantation surgery.
December 16, 2010 removal of enlarged lymph node on the lower left side of my neck, just above the collar bone
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)
Mediastinoscopy Port Placement
Surgery March 2002, excisional. Initially dx as benign.
Dec 19th 2008 lymph node removal for biopsy, bone marrow biopsy.
My two legs and recently my left arm have been cut
None yet, not operable.
Had a colon infection and had a colostomy bag for about 3 months.. Then got it reversed
Jan 2009 1st node removed from lower rt chin March 2009 2 node removed from under rt arm pit April port put in Oct port removed no chemo yet all nodes disappear March 2010 Nodes removed from left shoulder sometime in July they are going to remove the new node in rt neck area to confirm diagnosis forgot they bone marrow extraction March 2009
Lymph node removed, no real side effects
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 port insert/removal scars as my badge of courage.
Partial Gastrectomy, Vagotomy, Pyloroplasty in October 2008 to remove tumor and adjacent lymph nodes.
What Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Lymph node biopsy and re-excision in May 2007, 2 days after coming home from Honeymoon
Nov.1997 -Re-excision Surgery, with scalp sweep and skin graft- 2cc down, 4" wide. Aug. 2010 -Re-excision Surgery between eyes on forehead. sz of pea
January 4/08, scrape biopsy, Jan.10 call from derm saying positive Melanoma, Stage 1A, Clarks II, had Wide excision on Jan.15/08, tumor on adrenal gland Feb/08
Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4×4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.
Lung: Right lower lobe removed (Lobectomy).
Tissue and tumor removal on Feb 9th 2010, lymph node removal on April 16th
Skin excision and sentinal node biopsy, all negative.
had a very small mole removed on my cheek 2.5 years ago.One year later check up showed the bugger got away.Melanoma
So far only the mole removal.
Wide excision and sentinel node biopsy May 23, 2008
Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4 x 4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.
What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
Radical nephrectomy right, 02/02; lumpectomy chest, 11/07; partial nephrectomy left, 02/11; lumpectomy abdomen and bowel resection, 02/14
Jan. 3.08 = removed left kidney and tumor -it had spread to lungs, brain and skull - it is clear cell and is responding to treatment
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).
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
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
Left LRN 4/20/10
Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
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.
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
Partial right nephrectomy 6/14/13
July 27th, I dont know waht the doctoers call it it but he was cut from neck to groin to remove tumor and then front to back on left side to remove kidney!
Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy to remove tumor on Left Kidney, March 25th 2011 - Surgery was a great with good margins taken. Side effects were extreme nausea, lung collapse, and continual fluid on left lung to date.
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.
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.
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
Radical nephrectomy to remove my left kidney with thrombectomy as the cancer has spread thru the inferior vena cava just below the liver, was done on July 9, 2010. Woke up in the ICU with excruciating pain the staff gave morphine to ease it. Spent 7 days in the hospital and went back to work w/in 2 weeks. Doctors advised me to undergo chemo as they have not taken all of the tumor in the IVC.
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
right nephrectomy--hand assisted laparoscopic 4/4/11. Recovery was fine.
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
Whipple, March 2008
Whipple Surgery he did remarkably well only pain from scar areas.
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
Whipple May 13, 2014
August 2004 tumor removed from pancreas and took part of pancreas with it and removed the spleen. My father was told that he would not have to have chemo and that he would live a normal life that they got all the cancer and that was it. We should have made him get a second opinion you see the cancer that he was diagnosed with is very rare about 1 in 25 million people. the doctors didn't know enough about it. well two years later he started having the same symtoms as before very low blood sugars (he is not diabetic) so when he went back to the doctors they discovered that he had several very large tumors on and in his liver. We took him to MAYO's where he had a seven hour long surgery and had several complications, PE, and phrenic artery bleed. We know now that this cancer can not be cured or treated with chemo and that the tumors will be comming back. We just got back from Mayo's this last week and they found 2 more new spots on his CT. We go back in Jan. He is not ready for another surgery it has only been 7mos since the last one. I would love to hear from any one who knows anything about this cancer.
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
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
Gallbladder surgery that discovered the tumors, urethral stent implanted.No side effects.
Open distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy is the type of surgery I had for my pancreatic cancer in January of 07..side effects..digestion issues....especially for the spicier foods that I love and anything gassy...peppers,cucumbers, onions, broccoli,and cabbage..must stay at a minimum and I hate this if I were to put any combo of 2 or more of these things in a salad I would be extremely ill. when I first came home from the hospital finishing a tv dinner was often more than I could handle. The good thing is the surgery actually improved my blood sugars and reduced my need for insulin.
Whipple, October 2008
Too early to know if surgery is option since cancer has metastasized.
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.
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
9/6/13 total tumor removal with clean margins, 7 of 21 tested lymph nodes positive
surgery not an option
What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Hemiglossectomy - with rebuild from a forearm flap - a left neck dissection 40 nodes removed. One node positive with ECE. Tumor removed with clear margins. No pain though I had a trache, for 5 days - Very frustrating - mostly numbness, stiffness, in neck, stitches in mouth, and drooling like a dog! Surgery 2/4/2011 released 2/14/2011.
8/30/2012. Removed lump in gum, surrounding tissue and margins, scraped jawbone, reconstructed gum over jawbone using remaining gum and mucosa from beneath tongue. Rapid swelling ensued, ended up in ICU for 24 hrs.
I had part of the upper palate removed on June 12th, 2007 at UCLA by the Head and Neck surgeon Dr Abemayor, who told me " The body is a wonderful healing machine" and it is.
Radiacal neck dissesection and tonsilectomy
Partial neck disection with lymph node removal, may 2009.
Removal of tumor 3/8/2012. With lymph node dissection. Reconstructive Surgery, tracheotomy, feeding tube insert. 12 hour surgery. 9 days in hospital. Recoup for a month at home, then Radiation treatment
Modified radical neck dissection. This was a cake walk compared to the radiation.
3 inch incission to remove lump x 2. No side effects.
What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Hysterectomy 1993; ovarian cancer removal 2007; thyroid cancer removed 2009.
TAH/BSO July 2009 tot. pelvic exenteration August 2010
Left ovary and Fallopian tube removed. Post surgery abdominal pain and fatigue.
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 removing one ovary and tumar attached to 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).
TAHBSO and section of supraclavicular lymph node on July 25th, 2011
12-01-08: debulking operation, everything removed, both ovaries, uterus, lymfe, spots on liver and I had a lung drain (3liters of flued with cancer cells) juli 09: one breast removed
Carboplatin & Taxol
7/14/11. Removed grapefruit sized ovarian tumor and full hysterectomy including lymph node removal.
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.
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.
Laprascopic Salpingo Oopherectomy on 12/26/11. Couldn't use abdominal muscles after surgery so needed help getting up, walking, using the restroom etc. Pain in abdomen with bleeding from belly button incision put me back in the ER a week later.
My mom was in surgery about 5 days later. By this time she was absolutely miserable b/c of the fluid which had built up in her belly. My mom is a tiny woman, 5ft and just over 100lbs and the doctor removed 6 LITERS of fluid during the surgery. She also removed, in her words, "anything that my mom didn't need" which included: ovaries, F tubes, uterus, cervix, appendix, omentum, and any cancer that had "planted" itself on her lining, diaphram, and colon intestines. (Just in case there is anyone out there who is clueless like I was: She did this with a suction devise that she said literally sucks the cancer right off. She also explained that just because the cancer is on the surface of an area or organ does not mean that it has metastasized to that organ/area. That was much welcomed news to me!)
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
11/03', 6/04, 7/08, 3/14, 10/14 pain lots of pain
07/02/09: removal of tumor, right ovary & right fallopian tube (unilateral salpingo-oopherectomy), appendix, lymph nodes, and omentum
20 cm ovarian cyst (encapsulated) removed -- immediately followed by staging procedure -- Oophorectomy, Hysterectomy, Lymph node removal, Omentectomy -- all performed on 20NOV2014.
hysterectomy March 17 2008
Everything female down there taken..Delivered a 9 pound tumor as well.
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.
Salpingo Oophorectomy, right ovary, July 8 2009
Had exploratory laporatomy on 1/3/12 - removed omentum and multiple lymph nodes. No further evidence of cancer was found!
10 inch incision on lower stomach. The doctors found a 22cm tumor surrounding my right ovary, removed it cleanly along with my appendix and right fallopian tube.
June 21, 2010 successful surgery with no visual cancer remaining.
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
September 19, 2011
Full Thyroid Removal
3/10/09 - Total thyroidectomy and lymph node removal 11/29/10 - (upcoming) Left functional neck dissection
SURGERY ON JUNE 13 2011, HAD PARALYZED VOCAL CHORD AFTER SURGERY WITH POSSIBLE CHRONIC VOICE HOARSENESS AND SOMETIMES VOICE LOSS.
8.18.10 - fine needle biopsy performed. 8.24.10 - scheduled CT scan for neck and chest area.
I had a total Thyroidectomy in October 2009. It was determined after the surgery that the 5cm goiter removed was cancerous. I was diagnosed with Follicular Thyroid Cancer.
I am scheduled for surgery on Sept 9, 2011...a little nervous to be honest
right lobectomy with isthmusectomy June 1, 2012 completion of thryroidectomy June 8, 2012
Total thyroidectomy, parathyroid gone crazy, calcium loss, re-hospitalized
Surgery date was election day....November 6th 2012. I spent three nights at UCLA Medical Center.
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...
8/9/11: Total Thyroidectomy
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.
Total Thyroidectomy February 18, 2011
thyroidectomy 2006, second thyroidectomy 2007
Left thyroid lobectomy, 3/13/12 to remove a nodule. The nodule came back as cancer. Completion thyroidectomy on 4/13/12. No side effects except resulting hypothyroidism. My scar has healed very well and I feel good.
March 28th half thyroid was removed along with lymphnodes and on April 4th the other half was removed with more lympnodes
Partial thyroidectomy, 27 Feb 2009 Final thyroidectomy (L side) 2 Apr 2009
Thyroidectomy, May 21, 2014
Left side neck dissection, total thyroid removal on March 13, 2014. Side effects: vomit, nausea from anesthesia. 2nd surgery to fix a leak from temporary tubes. Low calcium levels.
Going to talk to the surgeons on Friday 23rd July 10
removal of 1 parathyroid with a total thyroidectomy and removal of 3 lymph nodes
Surgery - Thyroidectomy, Date - Sept 12th 2011, Side Effects - Chronic Nausea, Strained Vocal Cords, & Breathing Issues.
Total thyroidectomy 6/09 - also removed lymph nodes and neck tissue
What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
2 surgeries to remove tumor and then intestine bypass
left neck lymph node removal in July of '09. This was for a biopsy to find the primary site.
The doctor wants to take my husbands stomach out, so right now he's been the alternative treatment.. He would like to try this for 6 months, before he has the surgery.
What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
Craniatomy May 2011
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
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!
10/06 resection he is no longer the man I married tumor was in left temporal lobe
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
july 18th removed tumor on right side of brain,Aug.18th in hospital for 5 days with allergic reaction to dilantin,Sept 20th restapled incision because it wasn't healing from her diabeties.
1.2 cm tumour was removed on July 6th. Had multiple seizures on the day after surgery and temporarily lost mobility of my left arm.
Surgery 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.
Surgery was May 5th. side effects were just normal for the healing process. Weakness, dizziness (tumor was sitting on the equilibrium), lots of headaches that I still get, sunburn on my chest, ears felt funny...
I have had two craniotomy's. The first was just after diagnosis on 10/02/2012 and the second was after they found a recurrence and was performed on 03/05/2014
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
Biopsy done and shes never been the same. Not a candidate for recession
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
Emergency brain surgery on June 12, 2004 After surgery Michael had a stroke. Now uses a walker.
Mom had resection of tumor
1st craniotomy- 5 cm tumor- August 7, 2002- Anoplastic Astrocytoma- Grade 2/3 2nd craniotomy- 2 cm tumor- September 23, 2009- Glioblastoma- Grade 4
tremors in hands, arms and legs
My tumor is inoperable since it's in the middle of my thalmus. There had trouble just getting the biopsy.
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.
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
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.
What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
kyphoplasty of L4 and L5, July 2010
What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
AbdominoPerinealResection with perm/ Colostomy Jan 2010 failed rectal stitches mean open wound continuing (almost 3 years later)
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)
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.
Bowel resection in August with (hopefully) temporary colostomy bag. Liver resection with gall blader removal October
Nov 2006 Right Hemi colectomy, July 2008 Laparotomy, May 2009 Whipple, Feb 2009 Cyberknife Pancreatitis June 2009, collapsed lung
July 7th, resection of rectum. tempoary colo bag, Oct 1st, surgery to repair fistula from the first surgery
Cl12 inches of colon and kidney removed
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.
Bowel resection, tumor removal, colostomy - July 2, 2010. Hospital for 1 week recovery, slow healing on wound vac for 2 months.
Surgery - June 23, 2008. Did well with surgery.
2/16/2011 - Removal of the appendix, ascending colon, and terminal ileum. Removal of omentum on right side, and 41 lymph nodes. 08/04/2011 - removal of gallbladder and discovery of more cancer 3/30/2011 - Port placement in right upper chest. 4/27/2011 - Surgery for necrotic ulcer and perirectal abscess 5/12/2011 - Removal of compromised port. Placement of new port in upper left chest. 5/26/2011 - Removal of infected port (L) and debridement of necrotic tissue surrounding. Port will not be replaced.
Hemicolectomy 17 Sept. '09 Loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, high heart rate, loss of energy, vomiting.
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.
12" transverse colon resection (nov 07) IVC filter placed (jan 08)
8 inches of colon removed
10 inches of colon removed - 17 lymph nodes - and appendix You think it's bad for a couple of weeks, then it passes - seems like it was rather easy now
I originally had a colon excision with 18" inches of my colon removed. I had a colostomy to allow my colon to heal. I was able to have my colostomy reversed 6-months later!!!! Yippee!!! I credit a lot of my survival to having a wonderful colorectal surgeon, Dr. Lee Raley!!! I am sure there are a lot of wonderful surgeons out there, but having a surgeon who specializes in the colon was a big benefit to me. He is "up" on all the latest colon caner treatments & surgery techniques and I was so lucky to find him.
colonoscopy 6/8/12 Liver biopsy 6/29/12
Dec 17th, 2004: removal of rectum/anus. Bowel removal. August,2008: spleen removal, coxyx removal, tumor removed from arm. November 14, 2011: lymph node removal.
I had the tumor removed on Sept 7, 2010 and had Ileostomy surgery the same day
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!
Port instered Dec. 28, 2010. Pain for about 3 days. I had no side effects. It went pretty smooth with no problems.
Open surgery, removed lymph nodes, resected sigmoid, removed some of small intestine, removed gall bladder, resected liver
Tumor & lymph node removal 2/13/13 temporary ileostomy; 9/18/13 ostomy reversal
hemicolectomy and appendectomy on April 12, 2010. Made it through the surgery just fine.
What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
resection surgery - didnt work blood clot moved
Liver resection of 13.5cm tumor 3/18/10 (I know it was huge... whats the saying.. go big or go home... I believe 2 or 3 lobes total on left side of liver removed. Unfortunately there are more that couldnt be resected out of the right side, which sucks!! No side effects from surgery, speedy recovery, released on 5th day, back to work after the weekend.
Liver Resection of complete left lobe 10/22/2009
They took the gallblader, it did have a blockage and did a resection of 65% of the liver.
Sloan resected a 16cm tumor from the left lobe. Went back to work after 4 weeks Lots of numbness
Partial liver resection of encapsulated left lobe tumor. Walking by day 3 and home by day 5 but had a bitch of a time with scar tissue issues for 2 years.
March 2010--Liver resection right upper lobe apex (top)---Felt like a cinder block had been stapled into my abdomen---took me a week to walk with a walker---one week hospitalization--home with help from family & friends---
THE DID A COMPLETE RESECTION OF THE TUMOR, MADDY WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ALL THE WIRES BUT WITHIN A WEEK SHE WAS UP AND RUNNING
Removal of right lobe.
i will tell you
What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Cone biopsy in August. Radical Hysterectomy in October. They took everything but the ovaries. It was painful and I had to go home with a catheter for ten days. I was so overjoyed when they took out the catheter!!!
Radical hysterectomy, ureter was cut, subsequent interventional radiology to drain the urine, etc I've developed Rhumatoid Arthritis (8/2009- 10/2011) can't figure out if it was triggered by treatment?
Trachelectomy - Oct 10, 2014
Vaginaplasty July 2008
not an option...
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.
5/5/12 radical robotics assisted (Davinci) hysterectomy (kept my ovaries).
Not an option......
Colposocopy May 2009, LEEP June 2009: Extremely painful getting the painkiller shots (aparently I have a sensitive cervix). The recouperation was fine but I asked for pain meds and that helped sleep it off. Just a suggestion. Cone Biopsy July 2009: Opted to 'go under' this time and it went fine. If you have good insurance and are considering it I reccomend it. I woke up, went home, slept a lot and was back to normal within a couple days.
Surgery was not an option for me.
26th November 2010, Hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries. Wind Pain and constipation biggest complication.
No Surgerys yet!! Getting a port soon.
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
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.
Surgery was not an option for me. ureter stents
Radical hysterectomy. Jan 2013
Chemotherapy, Radiation, and internal radiation
smit sleeve for brachytherapy (internal radiation); Port placement (power port); lymph node removal for biopsy in Aug 2014
DaVinci radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal 11/03/2009
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
DaVinci Robot Assisted Radical Hysterectomy and Bilateral Lymphadenectomy (kept both ovaries). 5 incisions in abdomen, little pain, quick recovery (up walking around that night and home the next day). Only took pain medicine for 3 days. The biggest nuisance was the catheter. I had a UTI (urinary tract infection) with bladder spasms 5 days after my surgery. Once the catheter was removed and antibiotics started, I felt much better. Went back to work 5 weeks after surgery. Some right front thigh numbness and annoying, dull ache were lymph nodes were removed. No complaints!
complete vaginal hysterectomy
cold knife conization scheduled. radical hysterectomy to be done after they shrink the tumor, which appears to be 7 cm wide???
What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Total laryngectomy, thyroid removal.
06/24/2004 Mucoepidermal carsanoma Infections
Biopsy- October 12, 2011- no side effects, was a breeze.
What Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
spleenectomy - 12/2008 had a hard time healing
Hickman Line 1-18th May 2012 Hickman Line 2-21 august 2012
CVL/port, successful allograft of radius, a few other minor surgeries here and there.
just hickman line
picc line hickman line
What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Neck Biopsy: 18 Jun 2010: none I/O: 15 Jul 2010: ?
radical orchiectomy; right side, pain for 3 days, soreness for 2 weeks
Husband had his surgery July 2005. My son had his surgery 7th Sept 2009. No side effects
July 23, 2014, right radical orchiectomy : pain & soreness
Inguinal orchiectomy, November 4, 2010
Orchiectomy - 11th Oct 2012
03 march 2002 i was put under and had my left testicle removed.i had a prosthesis put in its place.mentally i was a mess but physically i felt fine was allowed home after 1 day but had to return to the hospital for a whole 5 days after for various tests.
Inguinal Orchientomy Dec 2002: like having wisdom teeth removed, except it was one of my balls. Retropertinteal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) Jan 2003: Rough stuff. Digestive system took several months to get back to normal. Made worse by taking hydocodone (Vicodin) without adequate food. Eight years later I am in the best shape of my life.
First surgery was in 7/08 for orchiectomy,that wasnt to bad..my second was lymphadenectomy on 4/09 this one left me with a nice zipper like scar down my stomch.more to come...
11/12/2013 Inguinal Orchiectomy (removal of the right testis) 11/12/2013 Port put in upper left chest for Chemo treatment...
Orchiectomy, RPLLND June 08' Loss of Right Kidney, hospilized for most of June and July. Abdomon fulid build up, TPN, high heart rate (150 resting)
Orchiectomy on Feb. 3 2009, pain and swelling. Retroperitineal Lymph Node Disection still pending.
What GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
December 9th, 2008. Resection of tumor (8.5 cm) along with 31cm of small intestine. Nine days in the hospital to recover from surgery. Second diagnosis: February 4th of 2011. Pain in shoulder and abdomen. CT showed GIST had returned in my pelvic area and had metastasized on my liver and peritoneal wall. I have been on Gleevec ever since.
What Small Intestine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
removal of primary mid-gut with appendix removal and loss of ileocecal valve. 10/24/13. Recovered
What Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Surgery to remove a tumor in neck. Second surgery in same place a week later due to my neck swelling.
PICC Line & Hickman Line placement.
My only surgeries other than the lymph node biopsy I had - were all for ports to be placed. I've had 3 total. One through my entire first treatment, and so far 2 for this time around. My first port was placed fine, except that I got a collapsed lung from where the surgeon cut my lung on accident. 2nd port just always gave us trouble, and kept getting stuck until one day it just quit working. Would flush, nothing. Had to be replaced. 3rd port - it works great but the Dr had such a hard time getting it in that a lot of blood went down around my lung causing me a lot of pain for about a month every time I took a breath. We actually had to stop treatment for a month until this went away.
port a cath x 2 bma (cant remember how often)
I received lumbar punctures (spinal taps) weekly for about 12 weeks. Headaches were common.
A few days after xray, I was admitted for a biopsy of the mediastinal tumour in my chest and a bonemarrow biopsy. 2 days later we met with my haematologist, Dr Du Toit, at Constantiberg Medi Clinic.
What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
1993 excision of tumor with clear margins. Several biopsies and surgeries for anal ulcers due to scar tissue. Recurrance of orig. tumor excised in 2008 and analplasty to repair rectum. Stage 2 without clear margins. Side effects were a period of incontinence and continued pain with bowel movements
Excision Surgery and further examination. Margings were clear so no Chemo for me! Tons of pain after surgery. Getting better every day.
2/09/10 port surgically implanted in chest
Surgery set for January 2010, complete removal of rectal arrea,as well as all lymph nodes, and permanent colostomy due to location of tumor.
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.
No surgery at this time.
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.
Port placement Nov. 22, 2011
local excision 10/27/11. Knew it would be bad but it was worse than I expected. Surgeon did not get a clean margin.
I had what the surgeon said was a "skin tag" on my rectum that was removed On July 22, 2010, along with some exploratory surgery to remove adhesions on my left side and they drained a cyst on my right ovary. I was scheduled to see my surgeon on Aug 5th but received a phone call asking me to come in on July 28th, never in a millions years did I think I would be told that I have stage 1 anal cancer, I am scheduled to see an oncologist on Aug. 4th, so for now it is just waiting and wondering. I am not sure of the size or what course of treatment I will be going threw just yet.
tumour resection 16.7.09
3/21/2012 APR surgery/colostomy. Long slow recovery but happy to be rid of tumor pain.
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....
October 23rd 2009 - Colorectal specialist thought it was a fatty tumor. With none of the removal being within margins.
Colonoscopsy March 2011 no side effects Liver Biopsey March 2011 Still bruised and slightly sore Portacath April 11, 2011 This HURTS!!! hopefully will be better next week.
1st surgery 2 years ago non cancerous, 2nd last year noncancerous. now 8-11 anal cancer. pet scan sched for 8-17
Two groin nodes removed July 2, 2012 Anal skin tag removed Aug, 2012
removal of tumor 9/13/2010, originally told precancerous-3 biospies done, a week after surgery told cancer cells found
anal biopsy, power port, liver biospy, liver resection, gallbladder removed
26th November 2014 APResection, Bowel Redirection & Colostomy 25th August 2014 Biopsies confirmed cancerous tumour in rectum 18th February 2014 Examination Under Anaesthetic, Anal and Rectal Biopsies - all clear.
7/20/09 Colonoscopy and biopsy. 7/27/09 Medi-port placement.
March 20, 2009 - Biopsy of fissure tissure
None was required.
What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Sept 2011-Laser Jan 3, 2012
What Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
VATS (Visual assisted thoracic surgery) Cancer was discovered, recovery was harder than I expected, more painful emotionally than physically. March 2010
What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Total knee and partial femur replacement
2001 resection of vertebre involved and rods inserted
July 17, 2008 was my surgery. By that time my tumor had shrunk to the size of a softball. My surgery was 15hrs I recieved 14 pints of blood. I had a donor pelvic bone put in and a total hip replacement. I have alot of pain and a limp to go with it but I still have my leg. For now.
What Hypopharynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
My lymph node was removed on October 29th, 1213.
What Eye and Orbit Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Mid July ?
Biopsy - stitches irritated my eye. Radiotherapy plaque insertion and removal - same as above!
First sugery Aug 08 removal of tumor, second surgery Jan 10 patch placed over incision of first surgery due to leakage of incision
Radioactive plaque sewn onto eyeball and left to work for a few days. Removed and allowed home. Less than a week total treatment 09/09 Depth perception lost during recovery, not so bad now. Need glasses but otherwise eyesight good, bit of a delay in focussing, bit disorientating but getting used to it.
Plaque therapy for 5 days. Feb 16-22nd, 2009. Loss of vision, detached retina.
What Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
May 30th, 2011. Ron underwent a 20 hour surgery with 6 surgeons. Incredible really, they did what others said could not be done. He had a Cranial Facial resection, including a free flap on the eye, Neck Dissection, removal of the eye and orbit and small portions of bone. They also removed a very minute amount of tissue from the left lobe of his brain. Skin graft to the arm and leg...
Outpatient removal of 2 cm flat lesion from nasopharnyx.
What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
split mandibular resection with a radial forearm flap
April 19, 2012 surgery was performed to remove the cancer because the MRI results showed the cancer millimeters from spreading to my brain. An incision was made from the bridge of my nose and down the side curving underneath my nosteral. Once opened the doctor scraped the cancer that was heading toward my eye and believes he removed all of the cancer. SIDE AFFECTS: My face is still slightly numb and as the numbness wears off it feels like someone keeps banging my nose painfully making my eyes water. My nose is still discharging blood and mucus that feels like a rock once removed.
90% of nose removed 3/19/12, bilateral neck dissection 8/20/12
june 2003 radical neck surgery to remove bump on left side of neck
What Ureter Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
February 27, 2007 Hysterectomy, salpingo-ophorectomy, cervix and six lymph nodes. September 25,2008 Removal of three tumors in the abdomen. Two attached to sigmoid colon resulting in a colostomy. One attached to abdomen wall and the omentum.
What Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Omendectomy to remove some larger tumors that were attached to it worst operation to date, 6 weeks to recover, stomach shape is crazy!
What Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Appendectomy 10/31/09 Right hemicolectomy 11/29/09
appendectomy 12/27/07 right hemicolectomy 2/08/08 lymph node removal 2/08/08
First surgery was 7/2/2012, a right-hemicolectomy where they removed part of my small intestines and appendix. I had 10 tumors in my small intestines and my appendix was completely tumor. 11 of 13 lymph nodes were also positive for cancer. I had "multiple" liver tumors ranging in size from a few mm to 4 cm. I had liver cytoreduction sugery Feb. 21, 2013. While we new this was not curative, it could give me extra time as Carcinoid/NET cancer is usually slow-growing. The surgeon removed about 7 tumors but I still have "multiple" lesions ranging from a few mm to 1.2 cm. I have been stable since surgery with no growth and no new visible tumors.
lumpectomy94 mastectomy 94 (C-section I was pregnant when diagnosed. reconstruction Dec94 (flap) hysterectomy 2007 Oh Nov 94 skin cancer cells removed from face pain swelling emotional rollercoaster
What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Cancer was at the esophageal-gastric junction and brought on by Barrett's Esophagus. Had 2/3 to 3/4 of the esophagus removed as well as the upper portion of the stomach, then had the remainder of the stomach pulled up into the chest and reattached to the remaining portion of the esophagus.
Removal of esophagus and part of stomach.....12/03/2013
To start chemo and radiation Monday. 12/25/07
esophagectomy, June06. Removed esophagus and half of stomach leaving me with a stomaphagus.Lost 50 pounds. Permanent (so far) damage to pancreas.
Had chemo and radiation to shrink the esophageal tumor. It was very large. Had an esophagectomy and stomach pull-up 10-07. Had 4 craniotomies with tumor exicision of the brain. But, I am still here.
Transhiatal esophagectomy with gastric pull-up, May 2008. Complications included bilateral lung collapse and paralyzed recurrent laryngeal nerve and loss of voice which required a procedure to help temporarily. He regained use of the vocal cord. Underwent paratracheal mass resection in August 2009.
Endoscopy on November 26th. Nausea from anesthesia. Sore throat from procedure. Sofe diet for 5 days.
9/23/11 took out esophgus and strech stomach to top of throat
Esophagus Removal 2003.... Neck tumor removed with some neck mussels removed ...
hopefull surgery will be sometime in april
gastroesophagectomy removal of 60% of esophagus and 30% of stomach
No surgery yet. Undergoing radiation and chemo at this time, then 'possible' surgery at a later time if the tuma is shrunk.
What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
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!!
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.
Tonsillectomy with attached tumor and 32 lymph nodes removed.
tonsillectomy via robotics and lymph node removal - 12/23/11
Tonsil Biopsy 11/7/11
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).
Only surgery so far was the FNA and the installation of a mediport. FNA was easy, I was awake and talking to the doctor the entire time. Mediport install use "concious sedation" but I fell asleep before they started. A lot more bruising than I expected from talking to the doctors and nurses before the operation. I find the mediport a bit intrusive, but I imagine I will get used to it (it has only been in for a week, and the incision has not healed).
Robotic tonsilectomy R and R lateral neck dissection.
Ill have to gather the dates but i had these in this order: tonsillectomy, port placement, feeding tube placement, feeding tube replacement twice. After a recovery period i had a radical neck dissection on the right side.
biopsy of left tonsil and lymph node
Surgery (radical tonsillectomy and neck dissection to remove 5 lymph nodes) was performed October 20, 2009 at Loyola University Medical Center. Two lymph nodes were cancerous, one with extra capsular extensions.
Modified Neck dissection and bilateral tonsillectomy on February 5. Three full weeks to recover. Still have scar tissue, shoulder pain but no lasting effects.
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.
Tonsils removed 6/4/09. Didn't expect cancer.
Laser removal of tumor ON 02/20/2009. No scars! Week long hospital stay with 4 nights in ICU. did not need any pain meds. The hardest part was the breathing tube.
Tonsillectomy right side. Post-op 09/30/2011
Tonsillectomy with neck dissection Oct. 26, 2009 Rare complication of Chyllous leakage. Second surgery to repair leak Nov. 13, 2009
8/10/12 Biopsy right neck excision, carcinoma in 3/4 lymph nodes. poorly differentiated cells. ECE + 10/10/12 TORS robotic surgery, right tonsillectomy/limited pharyngectomy/right hemiglossectomy. 11/2/12, selective neck dissection removal of 37 LN, no carcinoma seen. 11/16/12, TORS surgery, right radical tonsillectomy, base of tongue resection and limited pharyngectomy.
Surgical biopsy of lymph nodes July 21, 2011. Surgical biopsy of tonsil July 27, 2011. Peg tube placement August 2, 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.
June 4, 2010 tonsillectomy; July 2010: needle biopsy of soft palate, insertion of PEG tube; February 2011 biopsy of Right tonsil area that had not healed (30 sessions of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy were completed which promoted healing of this radiation damage); May 16, 2011 PEG tube removed
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.
Surgery wasn't an option since the tumor was too large and growing upwards into the soft palette.
What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
VATS procedure 7-09
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
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.
Surgery planned for August 12, 2009
Lap + vaginal removal of uterus. 6 wks to recover. My surgeon is fantastic!
Radical TAH/BSO Sept. 12 - lots of nausea and lack of appetite four weeks following.
Total Abdominal 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.
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
Robotic only 5 small holes. Removed uterus, ovaries, tubes, cervix, 5 funky looking lymph nodes (1 had small amount of cancer), upper part of vagina. Done May 2011
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
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...
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.
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.
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.
Total hysterectomy June 13, 2009
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
Had surgery May 7th. Really sore afterwards, urinary incontinence, lots of vaginal bleeding, nausea, and very tired
Mastectomy in Aug.'08 because dcis was in 2 places. Lumpectomy not an option and besides, I didn't have to have chemo or any other after treatment. Endometrial cancer caused complete hysterectomy in August '09. I am just now finished with 6 months of chemo and 28 radiation treatments. Both were hell. Chemo put me in the hospital the first two treatments. Dehydration, near kidney failure, hallucinations, dysentery,metal mouth made me not want to eat or drink. If I can say it again : Hydrate all day every day!
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
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.
October 7, 2011--Other than short-term digestive issues, recovered swiftly.
Hysterectomy - Nov 2, 2011 - The side effects have just been the typical healing process.
What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Shoulder Replacement Right Lung Wedge Resection
first surgery in 2008...removed lime sized tumor from sinus...destroyed sinus bone structure..inserted prophylactic..second surger y 2009...removed tumors...third surgery 2011...removed tumors, facial reconsctruction
Surgery to remove tumor on 10/17/14
Still to be determined.
Had surgery to remove the tumor from his calf on September 8, 2010. Surgery was successful with clean margins, but given the grade of his tumor, the doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) felt it was imperative to enroll him in the Children's Oncology Group clinical trial, which gave a specific protocol treatment.
Bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the tumor in my chest
I am inoperable due to the 30 pound tumor is on my spine connects to my ribs and is 3 inches from my left lung. it would be too risky so i have currently been on 10 different chemotherapy drugs in the past 4 years so far no luck. hopefully soon there will be. it is an advanced sarcoma, but im keeping in the fight. this is the 2nd time if id cancer. at 18 i had a full colectomy on 9/13/05, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I was given a temporary illeostomy until my small intestine was long enough to reach my rectum and a J-Pouch was able to be formed. The surgery for me lasted 9 hours. I was given anastesia. Originally, it was supposed to be a laporascopic surgery but the doctor was unable to perform the surgery in that matter. An incision was made right under my breast bone all the way down to right above my vaginal area. When the incision was stapled I had a total of 56 staples. After surgery, it was very hard to sit up and get out of bed. I spent a total of 8 days in the hospital and was given plenty of pain medication. The doctors and nurses were excellent and really did the best they could to help me recover and keep me as comfortable as possible. I was not used to having an illeostomy bag with a stoma, but as the time went by I adjusted and knew it was not going to be permanent. Most of all, I knew it saved my life. My colon had over 600 polyps on it by the time I was 18, ranging from tiny to big and they were indeed cancerous. I waited four years to have surgery due to the colon not being fully grown when I was 14. After the colon was removed, I did not undergo chemotherapy because my doctor felt all the cancer was gone. Tests were done and it was confirmed, I was cancer free!
June 2012: Full tumor resection with clear, negative margins from the right parapharynx
May 2010 - Initial surgery; Aug 2010 - re-resectional surgery Aug 2010 - Limb sparing surgery or limb-salvage surgery.
August 26, 2010 - Reinforcement rod placed in left femur
January 2008 - Major reconstructive spinal surgery on L3 with removal of lower left rib and 2 rods screwed along spine; November 2011 - Partial tumor removal and nail and Rod inserted on left femur. December 2011 - partial resection of tumor from L4
Resection by a certified Orthopedic Oncologist, Dr. Earl W. Brien. Amazing doctor and friend!
Removed the tumor in October 2010. Removed everything they could see or touch. He has been NED ever since.
On December 30 1999 the surgeon took out a large tumor from Nicole's left forearm and after a biopsy diagnosed her with Rhabdomayosarcoma, a rare, juvenile cancer that strikes one in a million children, mostly boys under 10.
Limb sparing surgery Feb 2010. The tumour was cut out of my thigh with clear margins. I didnt need an amputation.
October 4, 1974 was when my world changed forever. I was 16 years old and had radical neck surgery, removal of half the lower jaw - the odds of survival were razor thin...
December 16, 2011 ... I had day surgery to have my lump removed, the surgery went well, other than some internal bleeding in the area that ended up being fine. I healed well.
Spinal Tumor removed in Fall of 2009. Two surgeries at the Mayo Clinic
I had my surgery February 7, 2011 and I didn't have any side effects from it. They tried to take the tumor out laparoscopically but the size of the tumor didn't allow for that and they have to give me a bikini cut
Nov 26, 2014 an exploratory surgery was completed in an attempt to resect the 4.1 cm tumor that was encasing into my small bowel. Once inside, Dr.'s then realized the tumor was surrounded by important arteries in the mesentery area, thus the tumor could not be resected more than 20 %.
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 .
Surgery in 2008 to remove tumor and removal of my spleen and some pancreas, surgery in 2011 to remove tumor, awaiting decision by surgeon to see if surgery is an option this time Feb 2015.
What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
parotidectomy, July 2012. Half of face initially numb and swollen. Ear bright red and hugely swollen. Face feels like after dental work with Novocaine -- numb and useless. Jaw muscles tight and inflexible. Pain in chewing (First Bite Syndrome). Eye blurry -- possibly due to face tugging down. Swollen neck and face with no sensation. Skin feels like sandpaper. Tinnitus bad after initial difficulty hearing at all. Throat burned and taste affected. Exhausted. Exhausted. Digestive problems -- possibly from antibiotics post-op.
What Mouth Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Glossectomy and Modified Radical Neck Dissection on 30/10/12
What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Feb 2009, Feb 2010 and future July, 2010
Melanoma Excision, Lymph Node Removal this month. Course of Therapy to be determined after surgery. :(
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
May 6,2010 Mohs surgery to remove large Basal Cell Cancer from top of nose. Closure done by another doctor (ENT) under general anesthesia...bilobed flaps. Cheek tissue pulled up to perform closure.
What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Scar tissue from radiation.
2003 - Transoral Laser Micro-Surgery - minimal side effects 2006 - Photodynamic Therapy (tumor ablation) - extremely painful as necrotic tissue subsequently epelled from throat 2008 - Open neck ressection - swallowing/speaking issues 2009 - Open neck ressection - continued swallowing/speaking issues
2/3 of right lung removed
I had to have an Embolisation first, which unfortunately took alot longer than what they thought, as the tumor was so big and had a major blood supply going to it. My operation was held on my 30th birthday, so unfortunately it will be a birthday I will always remember for the wrong reasons. My operation took 12 hours, and I was kept asleep for a further 12. When I woke up, I was told that they had to leave part of the tumor in due to side effects it may cause if taken out. I was and still am unable to swallow so at first I had a feeding tube running down through my nose, then after a week I had a peg fitted. I have been told that there is a possibility I may never swallow again, and I am finding this so hard to come to terms with.
Removed all teeth because of location of cancer any infection of a tooth for the rest of his life would not heal & cause loss of jaw bone.
Feb 7, 2010 Tonsillectomy
Radical removal of tissue in my neck, head, and chest including the removal of part of my tongue. Other than 24/7 pain in my left trapezoid muscle and a reduction in the mobility of my left arm I've had no other long term problems with side effects from the surgery.
Tonsilectomy,, Oct. 13, 2011 Lost 15 plus lbs, hard to eat, swallow and very hard to get fluids down... As you get older a very tough time.
June 9, 2009 I had to have my voice box,vocal cords and 1/2 of my thyroid removed ... leaving me as a "total Laryngectomy".
What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Lucky, just tonsils and lymph node removed - no problems.
13 Nov 2012, extremely sore throat for one month, lost taste temporarily, raspy voice.
Tumor on left side of my tongue towards the back was finally removed March,15,2010.. I was set for treatment when the Dr's found another tumor in my neck. I was sent to the Big Dogs in Boston,Ma and they decided that was also another tumor on the left side of the tongue as well as a tumor in the neck attached to the caroited artery. So on June 18th,2010 I had surgery to removed the tumor in my neck, the second tumor on my tongue and also had a radical neck disection.
Cyst removal on 7/2/12, PET scan on 7/16/12. Tonsillectomy on 7/24/12 because ENT thought that was the site of the primary, biopsy of throat, nasal passage, and base of tongue. Base of tongue on left side shows positive.
Laryngectomy to remove 5 lymph nodes on right side of her neck. A tracheodomy since she had difficulty breathing from the tumor that was growing in her neck. Plus a feeding tube
Surgery to remove cancer on March 10, 2011
What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
complete removal of nose
What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
In October of 2006 I was diagnosed with Tongue Cancer had a partial tongue removal and radiation to my face and neck. Was cancer free for 5 years. In March of 2013 I was diagnosed with my second cancer Jaw Cancer. On April 25, 2013 I had a 15 hour surgery were they removed the fibula bone from my leg and replace my jaw with it. They also did a skin graft from the same leg and did the inside of my check. Also they removed my lymph nodes. I am now doing Hyper Baric Chamber treatments so that I can have surgery to have all my teeth out due to the radiation I had in 2007.
What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Port insertion- June 2 2014, pain for a few days. Port Removal -December 1 2014, pain for a few days but not as painful as the insertion.
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
Thoracotomy 7/91 Thoracotomy 8/92 Thoracotomy 9/92
Bipsopy, anterior mediastinotomy. Feb 2011
Surgical Removal on Feb 14th of 4cm neck mass in lymph node. Confirmd Hodgkin's
late may - biopsy june 7 - port
Port-a-carth 3 months ago
Open Biopsy, port placement
Just the initial biopsy and to put in a central line
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.
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
Lymph Node Biopsy
Lymph node extraction (left armpit); 07/22/2014
6/7/2012 Had needle biopsy done on R supraclavicular node 6/15/2012 Dr informed me I had Cancer~ Hodgkin's lymphoma 6/21/2012 Had R supraclavicular node removed & sent to Mayo clinic.
lump removed on right side of neck 08/15/11
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.
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
Lymph nodes removed for biopsy in May and June 2014.
Traciodomy- collapsed lung
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
Lymphnode biopsy Bone marrow biopsy
Tracheotomy was done as my Trachea was nearly closed by the pressure of tumor.Central Vena Cava vein is still closed
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
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.
What Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Planning on stem cell transplant
March 2010 - after my first round of chemo I had to have my gallblader removed - had to wait for my blood counts to recover first.
What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Dec 7, 2011. Surgery to implant titanium chemo pump that delivers chemo directly to the liver. NO Side Effects!
Whipple Procedure scheduled for March 16, 2012
Surgery is to remove bile duct, 70% of the liver and some lymph nodes in the surrounding area. Small intestine is to also be use to reconstruct bile duct. Surgery on May 8, 2012
What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
lost both hips due to medications
What Neuroblastoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
Removed kidney and tumor February 1998
What Appendecial Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.
12/2 - Debulking surgery and original diagnosis - hysterectomy, appendectomy, right hemicolectomy 04/23 - Debulking and HIPEC surgery (removal of spleen, remainder of the omentum, tumors on diapragm and a couple of dozen other tumors that grew from 12/2 to the time of surgery.
No more resultsFull list of all Cancer Surgeries