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Breast Cancer Surgeries

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.



Lumpectomy and bilateral breast reduction 9/22/11. Procedure was done as a day patient and was extremely painful.
bilateral masectomy with expanders for reconstructive surgery after chemo treatments December 9,2010
Lumpectomy with 2 lymph nodes removed. 4-14-2009. Caused menopause.
5 cycles chemo, double mastectomy, 25 doses radiation. Hair and nail loss, intense bone pain, shortness of breath,fatigue, emotional turmoil.
April 7, 2010 day surgery. No side effects. I went on a short shopping trip April 8th.
1st surgery, Feb. 7th,2006, 2nd surgery March 10.2006, and final surgery April 7th,2006. The last surgery I ended up in the hospital for 16 days because of complications from the surgery.
Feb 11, clear lymph nodes, clean margins
Jan 2007,Day surgery
Starting in May 2008 - right side modified radical mastectomy with lymph node dissection (13 of 21 nodes positive), port insertion, left modified radical mastectomy for prophylactic reasons, insertion of tissue expanders for reconstruction, bilateral oopherectomy, implants inserted, encapsulation of right implant, port removal, removal of excess scar tissue in armpit
refused
Lumpectomy Oct. 2004 Chest Tube July 2008 I've had 2 ports- one currently- I had the first one taken out just as soon as we were done with it because it was so tender. The current one doesn't bother me at all, thank goodness.
Needle biospy: Tumor too dense Core biospy: Negative results, me: relieved Lumpectomy: Positive, IDC. Mastectomy: 2 extra tumors found, TNBC
MRM: Modified Radical Mastectomy
Bi-lateral mastectomy scheduled for March 9, 2009
bilateral mastectomy, SNB, expander reconstruction.
January 1994 - Stage 2 - Lump was 2.4 cm. - A second 0.3 cm lump found in breast after surgery. Left modified radical mastectomy with removal of 9 lymph nodes...1 (3cm) lymph node positive. ER/PR both positive. November 2005 - Stage 1 - Lump was 1.6 cm. Right modified radical mastectomy with lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy. 2 lymph nodes removed...both clear of cancer. ER negative(1%) and PR positive(7%).
Lymph node biopsy August 20, 2010, left a big ole scar! No more BP or needles in this arm!
Lumpectomy
lumpectomy/lymph node removal April 2nd 2007 Mastectomy 18th April 2007 Numbness under arm and across chest. Pain in my ribs.
First surgery was in Sept. of 08. Lumpectomy with sentinel node removal and 22 lymph nodes under left arm. This go around was bilateral mastectomy with lymph node removal on right side also. Surgery was Monday April 25. 4 days ago.
Have not had surgery yet. Currently doing treatments to shrink the tumor before surgery.
Lumpectomy on June 25, 2007
Surgery 5/1/08.
April 11, 2008 - lumpectomy. Other than slight soreness and tenderness, I felt great after my lumpectomy and had little pain. I found it enormously annoying that I couldn't shower without wrapping it in Saran wrap, couldn't lift anything, do much, and couldn't drive, but I felt good and didn't have to use pain medication. The only weird thing was that my right nipple was pointed to the right of my body (rather than facing front) and appeared to be dented and creased, which took some getting used to. Today my breast looks more normal, but it is still slightly creased and dented. The breast is smaller and I have to wear padded underwire bras for symmetry, but at least my nipple is facing front again! On December 11,2008 I had to have a total and complete hysterectomy since the cancer was hormonally driven. Since I could not take Tamoxifen or Arimedex as they are potent hormone/antihormone drugs and could give me a recurrence, a hysterectomy was my only option. I had it done via the DaVinci robot at Sloan Kettering...it was a Laparoscopic Vaginal hysterectomy. Physically I was tired at first, but I actually felt great...I was pain free for the first time in 40 + years. But hormonally and mentally? I was a wreck for a long time, especially since I was estrogen dominant and my estrogen levels were far higher than those of other women in menopause. It lasted for a year plus and threw me into a devastating depression (mixed with major anger) for almost 3 years.
Modified radical mastectomy, left breast August 2, 2007 with ten nodes removed only one positive.

Prostate Cancer Surgeries

What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Lung Cancer Surgeries

What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Surgery 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
removed right lung 6/7/2009 - limited movement in rt arm,can not reach very high and then some pain.slight pains from time to time around incision.dr. say it will improve with time
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
Removed Kidney, 1990, Tumor regrew by 2000, Cancer Matastized to Lungs, Kidney removal 2000, Lung Hot spot removed 2006. Exercise counteracted side effects.
june 2014 ..none
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.
7/14/08 Right breast lumpectomy with axillary node disection of 23 nodes - all negative
The surgeon, an excellent surgeon, recommended a lobectomy on the right lung. Surgery was performed on July 13, 2009. The surgeon found the nodule was cancerous and had grown in an area of the lung damaged by a fungal infection, cryptocaucus. My recuperation period in the hospital was twelve days, the release prolonged due to a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). The treatment for this was the most painful thing I have EVER encountered. It's called Pleurodesis and consists of putting one of any number of chemicals (sclerosing agents or sclerosants) into the pleural space by way of the existing chest tube. The sclerosant irritates the pleurae which results in inflammation (pleuritis) and causes the pleurae to stick together. I don't recommend this to cure boredom but it did work!!
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
Mediastinoscopy/bronchoscopy 4/5--No side effects
She havent had any surgery yet,.
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.
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.
My surgery date was on October 6, 2010. The surgeon did a lobectomy on my right lung, where the two spots were located. My side effects were that I had extreme pain in my side, difficulty breathing, and even pain in my right arm. The pain from the surgery went away after about two weeks, but I still have shortness of breath because I am missing part of my lung- go figure.
Surgery for fracture of femur
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
Remove her right lung
lymph node removel
9 yrs ago-ipsilateral thyroidectomy, radical neck dissection, 2 thyroplasties. Jun-08-pnuemonectomy w/ part of my pericardium and diaphram removed. OUCH!!!!!!
not a candidate for surgery because of location
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
removal of the tumor in my pelvis and the superior remus bone of the pelvis (july '07), side effect is continuing pain in left hip, removal of left adrinal gland (sept '09)- no side effects
Craniotomy, removed brain tumor on Spet 17, 2012
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor

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.

Biopsy June 2012 and September 2013
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.
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.
July 12, 2013 Lymph node removed and biopsied.
lymph node removal for biopsy (2) bone marrow biopsy, installation of a port a cath.
Thoracoscopy to biopsy mediastinal mass, port placement
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
Mediastinoscopy Port Placement
Biopsy on April 20, 2010. Cancer diag. on April 23.
4/9/13 splenectomy - laparoscopic spleen removal surgery wasnt to bad, overnight stay recovery painful.. still in the healing healing process.
Bard* PowerPort* Implant
Excisional biopsy
biopsy and insertion of the port-a-cath.....port-o-cath..haha
December 16, 2010 removal of enlarged lymph node on the lower left side of my neck, just above the collar bone
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.
intestine resection due to lymph nodes tearing intestine and causing sepsis.
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
I've had a Hickman line, a Port and a Vascath- all done by surgery. I now have a purple pic line that works with ct contrast!
Lymph Node Surgery Feb 15th 2011.
Biopsy, 14/11/11
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.
removal of lymph node for dx
Dec 19th 2008 lymph node removal for biopsy, bone marrow biopsy.
Lymph node removed, no real side effects
None yet, not operable.

Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Kidney Cancer Surgeries

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
June 26 will have a Da Vinci Robotic surgery to remove the tumor. Didn't realize that if they had to take the whole kidney they can just enlarget the hole and sqeeze it out. That helps as I am saving up leave and the recovery still would be short (~2 weeks).
Left nephrectomy
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.
Nephrectomy of the left kidney April 09. The tumor was only 3cm but involved 6.5cm including cortical swelling. Due to its location it destroyed the collective duct and the hole kidney had to be remove along with the adrenal gland. The normal side effects from a nephrectomy are present. An unexpected side effect is irretractable hiccups, for the past three years that still proceed. Due to my "stone former" status I have to follow the precautionary diet to prevent me from forming new kidney stones
July 27th, I dont know waht the doctoers call it it but he was cut from neck to groin to remove tumor and then front to back on left side to remove kidney!
3/25/14
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
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.
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
Radical Nephrectomy, left kidney with 32 lymph nodes on 7/21/11 Left lung nodule thermal ablation on 10/11/11
no surgery
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.
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
Radical nephrectomy April 2009.
Partial right nephrectomy 6/14/13
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.
Scheduled for an open partial nephretomy on April 21st, 2011
right nephrectomy--hand assisted laparoscopic 4/4/11. Recovery was fine.
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.
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
Removal of left kidney; Feb 27, 2012; really really sore for 3 wks afterwards
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010

Pancreas Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.
exploratory surgery
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
Whipple performed immediatly following diagnosis. Weight loss, depression, pain, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting,overall weakness
Non operable
surgery not an option
Whipple, October 2008
9/6/13 total tumor removal with clean margins, 7 of 21 tested lymph nodes positive
Gallbladder surgery that discovered the tumors, urethral stent implanted.No side effects.
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
Whipple, March 2008
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
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, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Open distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy is the type of surgery I had for my pancreatic cancer in January of 07..side effects..digestion issues....especially for the spicier foods that I love and anything gassy...peppers,cucumbers, onions, broccoli,and cabbage..must stay at a minimum and I hate this if I were to put any combo of 2 or more of these things in a salad I would be extremely ill. when I first came home from the hospital finishing a tv dinner was often more than I could handle. The good thing is the surgery actually improved my blood sugars and reduced my need for insulin.
Whipple Surgery Nov 2007
Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
whipple 4/27/2011
4/27/2011
Exploratory surgery. Small port surgery. Whipple.
Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
had an ERCP and had a stint put in my bile duct, since mass was pushing on it the duct and caused liver problems. became johndis until stint was put in and took a few weeks to get better before chemo could start.
Whipple 4/24/14

Oral Cancer Surgeries

What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Ovarian Cancer Surgeries

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Date of surgery 08/07/2014
Debulking 6/1/10; recurrent bowel mass removed 3/12.
7/14/11. Removed grapefruit sized ovarian tumor and full hysterectomy including lymph node removal.
2/16/05 - Left Ovary, falopian tube, pelvic tissue, lymph nodes removed Side effects, horrible scar, numb skin. 9/24/08 - full hysterectomy
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
11/18/08
June 21, 2010 successful surgery with no visual cancer remaining.
Feb. 18 had omentectomy which had 8 tumors within it. Long incision, worst to date surery I've had, difficult getting back to normal. Hard to walk, stand for long periods of time, took 6 weeks at home before going back to work
I had one overy and tumor removed in june and then i had staging sergery and three little tumors removed in july
Complete hysterectomy with both Ovaries removed. Side effects was a jump right into menopause complete with hot flashes, mood swings and because my hormones were out of whack depression.
<b>January 2009:</b> Hysterectomy and removal of ovarian masses turned into emergency surgery due to a bowel obstruction. The tumors were too large/difficult to remove at that time. The doctors decided to blast her with chemo, shrink the tumors and operate again in a few months. <b>May 2009:</b> Complete hysterectomy. Omentectomy. Tumor debulking. An ostomy was created. <b>Septemper 2009:</b> More tumor debuking/removal. The ostomy was reversed (yay!) <b>September 2010:</b> Admitted to hospital for bowel obstruction. Had gastrostomy surgery. PEG tube(Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) inserted to help decompress stomach contents and to prevent and manage nausea/vomiting.<br><b>December 2010:</b> After an unsuccessful abdominal surgery, she was discharged and began Home Hospice Care. So far, her symptoms and pain are being managed. We are positive, upbeat and cherishing the moments we have together.<br><br><big><i><b>January 7th, 2011:</b> My mom passed away at home. I held her until the end. Her body went in to acute renal failure and she became unresponsive. She held on for two days and passed away peacefully and as comfortably as possible. She will be missed forever.</big></i>
I had a hysterectomy on 03/17/2005. Both ovaries had tumors on them the size of footballs. My fallopian tubes and part of my bowel was consumed. All of this was removed.
Total Hysterectomy with tumor debulking, lymph node dissection and omentectomy mild ileus post op and post op wound infection being treated with antibiotics, wound breakdown, being treated with wound care and soon a wound vacuum. UTI from catheter.
TAHBSO and section of supraclavicular lymph node on July 25th, 2011
August 20, 2014 Complete and total hysterectomy, removal of tubes, ovaries, cervix, uterus, lymph nods, appendix . Very few side effects. Had one de-solving stitch that took a while to de-solve and caused a sharp piercing pain in the incision area for about 2 months. Have had some cold sweats which may be caused from chemo. Will no more when chemo and effects have subsided. Sept. 26, 2014 Med-Port was put in on right shoulder area. Chemo starred Oct. 2, 2014.
31 may 2012
hysterectomy March 17 2008
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
Dec/05 optimal debulk at major center by great gyn-onc CA-125 =174 Stage 3c -Endometroid Adenocarcinomas
Jan 23, 2004 and June 29, 2004. Infection, hernia, bed sores and alot of pain.
Total rad. hysterectomy, cytoreduction, colon resection 5/06 (menopause, bilateral hydronephrosis); cytoreduction, node removal, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, bowel resection, ileostomy (since reversed, thank god) 10/07; subcutaneous tumor removal 6/09 (ugly scars)
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.
Partial hysterectomy - they took everything but my uterus getting ready for another surgery
I had a partial hysterectomy 2 years prior to finding out about the cancer. During the surgery they removed some of my peritoneum and omentem and both ovaries. All were found to be cancerous.
Laparoscopy 3/4/09. Anticipated debulking surgery will be July 2009 after 6 rounds of chemo.

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

04/15/10 - Ultrasound 04/27/10 - First FNA Biopsy 07/05/10 - Thyroid scan w/ RAI tracer 07/14/10 - Second FNA Biopsy w/ molecular marker testing 07/26/10 - Told I most likely have thyroid cancer 08/13/10 - Total Thyroidectomy 08/18/10 - Diagnosis confirmed: follicular carcinoma of the thyroid
Total thyroidectomy. 11/07 Removal of nodule. 1/09
January 2010, got over surgery quickly
Thyroidectomy, October 5th / 2011.
Going to talk to the surgeons on Friday 23rd July 10
Had a Right Hemi Thyroidectomy and will be having the left thyroid removed in the near future.
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.
7/15/10 - Total Thyroidectomy
Total thyroidecomy + right neck dissection. No side effects. October 2012. 24 nodes positive out of 37 removed. extrathyroidal and extranodal extension present.
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
On June 12, 2010 had a full thyroidectomy. Stayed in the hospital for 4 days because of my calcium levels.
Total Thyroidectomy, March 15, 2005, excessive calcionemia which extended hospital stay by 3 days.
Removal of 3 1/2 parathyroid glands and a mass located above the thyroid gland.
June 2007 Total Thyroidectomy - calcuim dropped and extended my stay for 2 more days. 12/1/09 Left neck disection - removal of my lymp nodes - I was under longer than planned and I was soo sick with nausea during my stay in the hospital that and numbness from top of my ear to the top of my shoulder.
Thyroidectomy with neck dissection scheduled May 9, 2011
Total Thyroidectomy, 04/2009
Surgery - Thyroidectomy, Date - Sept 12th 2011, Side Effects - Chronic Nausea, Strained Vocal Cords, & Breathing Issues.
6 surgeries in 2 years. Another one to follow in Jan.
April 2nd, 2010, complete thyroidectomy. Drops in calcium levels, extreme hot flashes, mingled with cold. Some throat soreness and raspiness.
Surgery-May 6,2011
Total Neck Thyroidectomy
Diagnosis July 1, 2010...Remainder thyroidectomy and radical neck dissection July 20, 2010....
Complete Thyroidectomy and lymph node removal on July 16, 2014
I had my surgery 1/20/11. Swelling, pain, and exhaustion run my life currently. Now that I am a couple of weeks post-op I can't believe how emotional I am. I feel like a roller coaster. I want to know if others feel this way. Pain is decreasing now.
5/8/2009 Paratracheal neck dissection, total thyroidectomy with 11 lymph nodes removed.

Stomach Cancer Surgeries

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Brain Cancer Surgeries

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Right sided Retromastoid craniotomy/ Excision of CP angle tomour done in Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 7, 2009. Side Effects: Right facial palsy, right trigeminal dysfunction, and right hearing loss.
May 6, 2005 Total Gross Resection
I have a piece of my skull missing and I have nerve damage which effects my left arm and hand.
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
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.
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 February 203
1st craniotomy- 5 cm tumor- August 7, 2002- Anoplastic Astrocytoma- Grade 2/3 2nd craniotomy- 2 cm tumor- September 23, 2009- Glioblastoma- Grade 4
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
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!
Biopsy, partial tumor removal on 8/12/11
First removeal was on April 13, 2011 - he was told it did not look like cancer or anything that would ever grow back and to go home and relax! Second surgery August 15th tumor was the size of a golf ball. Surgeon had pathology results of cancer on August 25th 2011 but it was not told to him until his family dr finally got the pathology and called him in on October 6th 2011. Told him it was Stage III anaplastic glioma ... later find out that it is stage IV.
craniotomy on 1/30/09 with ability to speak better immediately but still needs lots of speech therapy.
tumor resection. 90% removal. side effects: alive.....
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.
My tumor is inoperable since it's in the middle of my thalmus. There had trouble just getting the biopsy.
Craniotomy, 8/8/1986
30/01/2014 iMRI @ queens square London
had 2 tumors removed from brain, still have them in brain and lungs
After sugery I just had to keep the would clean. Very forgetful after surgery and was put on disablity after surgery.
Tumor removal through surgery. She suffered from seizures, a skull fracture, kidney stones, headaches, severe short term memory loss, hallucinations, left sided weakness, and more.
Craniotomy and resection on 12/1/2010
Nov. 3: biopsy-no side effects showed a grade 3 Dec. 2: 1/3 removal of tumor and showed a grade 4-short term memory loss and word finding and number confusion Dec. 23: developed an infection(staff) and had to have part of the skull removed-same side effects as the second surgery
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
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

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.

Colon resection April 2004, Liver resection August 20009
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.
January 12, 2010. Removal of tumor in colon/rectum. had to remove approximately 8 inches of colon/rectum.
Bowel resection in August with (hopefully) temporary colostomy bag. Liver resection with gall blader removal October
Colon resection upcoming
hemicolonectomy/ 6/8/10 somewhat painful, Great scar
First week of May 2010- removal of tumor, and ileostomy Second surgery to reverse ileostomy after 4 mos of chemo
APR May 23,2007 Second surgery may 30, 2007
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.
Colonectomy with out colonostomy. 05 liver resection and ablation. 06 hysterectomy and liver ablation.07 percutaneous liver ablation.08 liver resection 09
IRREVERSIBLE COLOSTOMY, 11/1/2013 BOWEL OBSTRUCTION AFTER SURGERY
3 colon surgeries, 2 liver surgeries, 1 lung surgery
colostomy; 8/3/2007 none
Removal of quarter size tumor embedded in colon wall and 22 lymph nodes, 7 of which were diseased. Original diagnosis was Stage 3B, on 8/2, after 11 rounds of chemo, mestastizied to liver, now Stage 4
Port Placement - September 4,2008/Tumor removal & colon resection, iliestomy, and a hysterectomy - December 5th, 2008
Oct. 17 colonoscpy/ Oct 19 removed 18 inches of colon, 15 lymph nodes and appendix. Six days in hospital. Lymph nodes clear cancer had spread outside the wall of colon and almost completely closed off bowels.
12/23/09, surgery went well, at home recovering.
September 25, 2012. Laparoscopic Right hemicolectomy, with some transverse colon and ileum removal. Resection, no colostomy. Lots of uncontrollable diarrhea after surgery, nausea/vomiting. Port a cath, November 7, 2012
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.
surgery dec 14, 2008
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!
Surgery for hemicolectomy begininning of Sept, 2011. Starting chemo (5-FU oxaliplatin and Avastin) begininning of Nov, 2011. Post surgery Mykol lost 20 kg (44 lb) due to complications of surgery and loss of appetite.
colon resection with liver wedge biopsy 2/2008 severe anemia
September 22, 2008 Removal of colon, bladder, vagina, and two ovaries. Was in the hospital for one month recovering. Major healing problem was on a wound vac for four months, had home health care. Could not eat, sit, stand, walk due to pain. Have a permanent colostomy and ileo conduit.
Radical Hysterectomy and Lymphnode removal

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.

Colposcopy on Dec 5. Large biopsy of Cervix via LEEP Procedure January 29. Results came back positive for Cancer on February 12, 2013.
Biopsy of cervix and polyp
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
2006 - stage 1B1: radical hysterectomy, bilateral oophorectomy, pelvic lymph node removal. 2008 - laser vaporization. 2014 - diagnosis of recurrent metastatic cervical cancer.
DaVinci radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal 11/03/2009
I'm not sure what all they will do during surgery yet. My pre op appointment is next week to discuss what all it will include. All I know is they're just going to cut off part of my cervix. 4/30/13
26th November 2010, Hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries. Wind Pain and constipation biggest complication.
not an option
CONE Biopsy June 10th 2010.
the most scariest feeling going under the knife. After surgery looking like i was pregnant from the blowding.
Surgery was not an option
Too many to name Brachy therapy 3 times
Trachelectomy - Oct 10, 2014
Robotic assisted radical trachelectomy, lymph node dissection, staging, bilateral ureteral stent placement & removal and cystoscopy (April 28th, 2011)
Vaginaplasty July 2008
Radical Hysterectomy Nerve damage in abdomen, left leg
not an option
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!!!
The only " surgery " I have had so far is an under anesthesia pelvic exam. It was done as standard practice to check for cancer in the bladder and rectum. Luckily nothing was found. I had a sleeve put in for internal radiation ( not a big deal at all )
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?
Surgery was not an option for me.
radical hystorectomy, radiation for 5 weeks ended may24
Nov 3rd 2011 scheduled
I had a D&C at the end of May 2008. They biopsied the tissue that they removed and found the cancer. They failed to find the grapefruit size tumor in my cervix. I had surgery 6/14/08 where they put my powerport in my chest. I had surgery August 8th 2008. This surgery was terrible. They inserted 3 radioactive implants into my cervix and stuffed me full of padding, and a cathader and stiched me up. I layed in the hospital for 4 days on a morphine pump. I think the most painful thing was when my doctor came the day of discharge and removed the 8 inch metal rods, packing,stiches, and catheder. The next day at home I developed thrush which I had for 3 days.
Radical Hysterectomy and removal of 14 lymph nodes. All nodes were negative and had clear margins. Surgery Date was Feb.06, 2012. For the recurrence I after many many scans I had a uteral stent placed to open my blocked left kidney prior to starting treatment.

Larynx Cancer Surgeries

What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Testicular Cancer Surgeries

What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Small Intestine Cancer Surgeries

What Small Intestine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

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

Anal Cancer Surgeries

What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

1 quadrant hemorrhoidectomy with removal of small tumor on 2/14/12. Called in by doctor for diagnosis on 2/15/12. Positive for cancer.
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....
Colonoscopy, anal leason surgery July 2011.
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
No surgery.
None was required.
Biopsy and Ultrasound, November 24, 2010 Biopsy, July 2011 APR with Flap reconstruction, July 29, 2011
Left lobe liver resection 6-2011//Bilateral mastectomy 6/24/2014
June 2009, Portacath insertion, severe reaction to something, not sure what. Started Mitomycin and 5 FU 4 days later and the incision was red and swollen and very painful for at least 2 weeks.
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.
Lesions removed from liver
port placement
Wedge Resection, 12/5/13
colostomy, stint in kidney with drain
November 13th, 2009 - colostomy surgery - temporary if chemo/rad treatments are successful
I had three biopsies and one colonoscopy between 3/26 - 4/15 2013 to arrive at my diagnosis. Following the radiochemo therapy, my PET Scan showed little change in the uptake so now, my Colorectal specialist wants to remove the tumor.
no surgery recommended at this time
I'm experiencing occasional numbness and tingling from my hip to the removal scar. No big deal in the greater scheme of things.
Portacath implanted Nov 15, 2013.
June 2007; Lower right lung wedge resection
1st surgery 2 years ago non cancerous, 2nd last year noncancerous. now 8-11 anal cancer. pet scan sched for 8-17
2/09/10 port surgically implanted in chest
2011 bilateral thoracotamy to remove benign lung nodules
Excision very close to sphincter muscle. Diagnosed on 4/27/11 and excised on 4/29/11. Big crater where tumor was, few stitches, pain, drainage. Doctor optimistic she got it all, Pathology will indicate whether or not rad or chemo is in order.
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.

tonsillectomy
Robotic tonsilectomy R and R lateral neck dissection.
biopsy of left tonsil and lymph node
Surgical Biopsy 8/15/13
Tonsillectomy with attached tumor and 32 lymph nodes removed.
Radical Tonsilactomy
Radical neck dissection and partial tongue removal. Eat soft foods mostly, farina, eggs, soups. Hard to swallow. Slight speech impediment. Right side of tongue is numb from nerves being destroyed.
Rt. Tonsillectomy and Rt. neck dissection done on 8-10-09
Tonsillectomy 12/30/13 - Took me about 10 days to turn the corner on recovery. About 50% of the time, there is a click and some side of throat spasm/movement when i swallow. Feeding tube (PEG) 2/26/14? - Painful abdominal and back cramping after surgery. Took Prilosec and it settled down after a week. Stoma leaks formula. Stoma had granulation. Forced to use gauze on stoma throughout to catch leakage/bleeding. Selective Lymph Node dissection 5/20/14 - Drain tube pulled and released from hospital on 5/21. Numbness from bottom of ear along incision up to jaw line of face.
8/7/12-tonsilectomy; 8/29/12-dissection/staging
tonsil and lymph nodes removed
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.
Biopsy of base of tongue and left tonsil.
Bilateral tonsillectomy, esophagoscopy, bronchoscopy, and biposies all done 9 Jan 2012. Recovered in 10 days
tosillectomy 9/2/09
December 6, 2010 left neck resection..
Right tonsil has Squamous Cell carcinoma, Left Tonsil is clear. Some cancer noted on basil of tongue.
Tonsillectomy 06/17/13
This was in June. After healing from the Ablation, I visited my ENT and he scheduled for a PET scan which came out suspicious. Next the Biopsy which he removed 85% of my right tonsil and tumor, but could not get it all. Narrow throat opening. The Path on the Biopsy indicated SCC Stage II. The ENT felt it was Stage I, but treated as Stage II. THere were no lymph nodes involved and was lateralized to the right side tonsil. Felt it did not involve the base of tongue. I felt some sore throat after the partial tonsil and tumor removal that lasted 3-weeks. No real bad pain and I healed well.
Tonsillectomy and biopsies 5/10/12
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
For details see my posting.
Left tonsil removed on 10/12/11
Tonsillectomy (3rd set which I didn't know we had these are below your adenoids and normal tonsils you cant see)which for an adult is a horrible experience however bad they tell you it is multiply it by 5, plus a Grade 1 neck dissection removing 42 Lymph nodes, a muscle and nerve in top front of shoulder that I cant figure out what I need it for, and removal of one of my juggler veins (didn't know I had more than one) 6 Weeks to recover to manageable pain and comfort level
removal of tonsils 4/14/11 neck desection 4/21/11

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.

Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
Radical hysterectomy on August 6, 2012. Hot Flashes began 2 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...
I had surgery in May 2007 and have been cancer-free for 3 1/2 years. Then all of a sudden I had some very slight spotting again, so I went to my doctor who did a biopsy on a nodule he found in a gyn exam. It turned out to be cancerous, so I will have an operation on January 4th to remove the quarter-sized tumor. I think radiationn treatment will follow. I will know soon enough, but I am very apprehensive about the results of the operation. I did not think I would have a recurrence of the cancer after 3 1/2 years, but now I am worried because I did not reach that "5-year cured benchmark." My father had melanoma and died at about the five year point.
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.
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
Hysterectomy was not possible. June 2010 bowel obstruction - colostomy
October 7, 2011--Other than short-term digestive issues, recovered swiftly.
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!
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.
January 29, 2014; few side effects
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.
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 31/03/2009
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
5/13/2014
TAH/BSO Dec. 2010
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.
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
Hysterectomy, lymph node removal
Lap + vaginal removal of uterus. 6 wks to recover. My surgeon is fantastic!
attempted hyster in oct-- endometriosis too involved too risky tocomplete -- closed and hoped other options would work
Total hysterectomy June 13, 2009
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy

Sarcoma Cancer Surgeries

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Parotid Cancer Surgeries

What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Mouth Cancer Surgeries

What Mouth Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Skin Cancer Surgeries

What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Throat Cancer Surgeries

What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Scar tissue from radiation.
2003 - Transoral Laser Micro-Surgery - minimal side effects 2006 - Photodynamic Therapy (tumor ablation) - extremely painful as necrotic tissue subsequently epelled from throat 2008 - Open neck ressection - swallowing/speaking issues 2009 - Open neck ressection - continued swallowing/speaking issues
No surgery
2/3 of right lung removed
no surgery
I had to have an Embolisation first, which unfortunately took alot longer than what they thought, as the tumor was so big and had a major blood supply going to it. My operation was held on my 30th birthday, so unfortunately it will be a birthday I will always remember for the wrong reasons. My operation took 12 hours, and I was kept asleep for a further 12. When I woke up, I was told that they had to leave part of the tumor in due to side effects it may cause if taken out. I was and still am unable to swallow so at first I had a feeding tube running down through my nose, then after a week I had a peg fitted. I have been told that there is a possibility I may never swallow again, and I am finding this so hard to come to terms with.
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".

Tongue Cancer Surgeries

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Nose Cancer Surgeries

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

complete removal of nose

Jaw Cancer Surgeries

What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

lymph node biopsy 3/22/10 medi-port put in 4/2/10 bone marrow biopsy 4/9/10
Port placement October 18th ~thankfully no side effects as of yrt. Egg retrieval completed on November 13th with a total of 34 fertilized eggs :)~ very painful recovery, uncomfortable, daily injections, complete bed rest for 4 days after..
Right cervical lymphnode excisional biopsy 9/23/2010 PowerPort placement 11/22/2010
Removal of one axillary lymph node on May 17, 2010, for biopsy.
Just the removal of initial lymph node and mediport so far...
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.
3 bone marrow biopsies lumpectomy of left side of neck failed insertion of chest port (too much swelling underneath) successful insertion of arm port chest catheter insertion, removal
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.
No surgery, just chest biopsy of my mediastinum.
splenectomy - an operation to remove your spleen - in August 2008.
3/ 2012
Open Biopsy, port placement
12/24/2013 - Core needle biopsy 1/2/2014 - Port placement
8/22/12 - Port placement
Had chest x-ray July 10, CT scan July 17th PET scan July 24th. Lymphnode biopsy set for tomorrow August 12th. Port put in August 23rd.
Thoracotomy 7/91 Thoracotomy 8/92 Thoracotomy 9/92
Sternotomy to remove tumor behind sternum
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.
I am doing a test drug in the process of right now with a combination of ice I am the fourth person in the world to do it so far two out of the three people have been successful if me and the other two people left our successful this will open up a whole new world of hope for lymphoma patients
Surgical Removal on Feb 14th of 4cm neck mass in lymph node. Confirmd Hodgkin's
Lymph node removal Bone marrow biopsy Portacath
Lymph node removed on April 3, 2012 Port a cath put in on April 10, 2012 Bone marrow biopsy on April 20, 2012
Lymph node removal, port in and port out - typical outpatient surgery effects
March 16, 2011: Lymph node biopsy and bone marrow aspiration.
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...

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

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Removed kidney and tumor February 1998

Appendecial Cancer Surgeries

What Appendecial Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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