What are Cancer Surgeries? List from Cancer Survivors

The below is a list that has been posted by the bloggers in this cancer community. There are 7115 cancer fighters that are members here. This is what they said, not what the doctors or nurses will tell you.

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Breast Cancer Surgeries

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

May '05 right mastectomy 27 lymph nodes & 2 sentinel lymph nodes removed all cancer free...horrible pain for a long time. Discharged from hospital w/2 drains. Was not prepared for this at all!! What a nightmare! Having drains removed was a special event for me! What a strange sensation that was to put it mildly!
Lumpectomy on "Lefty" and endometrial ablation on July 22, 2011 Portacath insertion scheduled for August 30th
Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy, 7 node removed, all clear. 8/26/2010
December 2, 2003, bi-lateral mastectomy. Lymphedema.
Had a double mastectomy and expanders inserted in August. Side pain, side effects of pain meds, and dealing with the drains was the most uncomfortable. Then had my ovaries & tubes removed in September. Didn't feel quite like myself for 2 weeks. Was worried about menopause, but nothing too bad. Just hot flashes, but I've had those for years! They just happen more often.
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1/4/11 - Lumpectomy. Had 3 lymph nodes taken out. Lymph nodes negative and had clear margins. Scars were minimal and healing was suprisingly very easy. The worst part about the whole surgery process was the injection of the radioactive substance the put in through my nipple as they "thought" I was numb enough to administer it. It was EXTREMELY painful!
Dcis micro calcifications bilateral mastectomy
Radical Mastectomy October 28th 2011. The surgery was a successful one. Was very happy with the clean cut. No side effects.
Lumpectomy sentinel lymph node removal - May 8, 2008
May 2010 lumpectomy June 2010 port inserted
April 7, 2010 day surgery. No side effects. I went on a short shopping trip April 8th.
Lumpectomy, lymphnode removal. Still numb after all these years and swelling.
I had a biospy first & it turned out positive of cancer. I then had another surgery, to check the lymph nodes, thank God, they were neg., after that one I got staff infection & boy it was worst pain than the surgery itself. I was on 1000 mg of infection for almost 2 wks. Well, after I found out I had cancer, I was in shock for around a mon. or so, so were my parents, we could not look at each other without crying. It felt like I had been given a death sentence. You know, when you hear the big "C" word, everyone thinks, the big "D" word & I'm here to tell you, it's not always true. Then one day I was talking to a friend & she told me, Denise, you have to take hold of this thing & show it your not a quiter. That your gonna fight this with all you got, cause if you don't, it'll take you over & it will win. Well, needless to say, something just clicked & I woke up & from then on I fought this thing & 3 years later, here I am.
Lumpectomy and lymph node removal 2002
1989 had a masectomy. It was in all my ducts of my breast. But I caught in early enough that it did not affect my lymph nodes so I did not need any radiation or chemotherapy. In 2000 I had a bilateral Tram flap reconstructive procedure
Just had second surgery recently and a portacat put in. Chemo soon.
had surgery to remove lump and some lymph nodes early march 2011,then had second op mid march to remove more cells as it was on the borderline from previous op,recovered well from both surgeries
Biopsy was the most painful surgery, including my mastectomy.
lumpectomy/lymph node removal April 2nd 2007 Mastectomy 18th April 2007 Numbness under arm and across chest. Pain in my ribs.
Mastectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy on Nov. 26th, 2013, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection on Dec. 23rd, 2013.
12/28/17: bilateral mastectomy 5/7/18: total laparoscopic hysterectomy Hopefully sometime in June 2018: breast implant exchange
Lumpectomy with clear margins, 15 lymph nodes removed with 9 showing cancer cells. CT Scans done and showed NO signs of spreading.
Jan 2007,Day surgery
Lumpectomy without lymph node removal. Nerve pain goes on.

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
I'm going to be fully open here, if a bit glib, about my treatment. Men dealing with prostate cancer need to play with a full deck of information so I'm sharing some very personal (yes, even intimate) facts: Nerve-sparing, open radical retropubic prostatectomy, Sept. 11, 2007. Side effect: genital shrinkage. Because of a pre-surgical scan indicating cancer may have been breaking out of my prostate, my right neurovascular bundle was removed -- that was half of the plumbing and wiring for my erections. I still have my left bundle, but it's been a long time since I've been able to get hard. Surgery also left me with no prostate and no seminal vesicles, which, in concert, produce semen. I can no longer get hard or ejaculate, and I have 'dry' orgasms; I climax like a woman.
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
3 lung biopsies in March 2014; extreme pain and weakness
Side effects: some scare tissue in bladder, stress incontinence
Schedule May 2007
I had prostate removed April 24, 2014. 3 weeks later returned to hospital for emergency surgery due to MRSA virus caught during first surgery. Third surgery July 15, 2016 to check a possible tumor in my bladder.
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.

Not yet
March 2, 2009 Lobectomy (upper right lung) August 20, 2009 succcessful open brain surgical removal of 3cm tumor
Lymph Node Removal 03/2015 Port Installment 03/2015-Horrible, knock out meds and pain meds did not work-surgery with no anesthesia is horrific Partial Hysterectomy 07/2015 Port Removal 09/2016
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.
lymph node removel
3-27-10 rod put in left arm
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.
Remove her right lung
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
Hysterectomy 2009
Surgery for fracture of femur
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
Lobectomy on August 30, 2019
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
Brain biopsey, august 6, two blackeyes looked awful!
11/27/12 hair loss
Thorax Pain
Right lower lobectomy, 1997; left upper lobectomy 2007.
2/2018 RT upper Lobectomy-VATS ; Pneumonia, Acute Respitory Failure
not a candidate for surgery because of location
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
Had surgery last friday 13/10/17, unfortunately the tumor was not removed because they found stage four cancer in the lower part of the lung
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
My surgery date was on October 6, 2010. The surgeon did a lobectomy on my right lung, where the two spots were located. My side effects were that I had extreme pain in my side, difficulty breathing, and even pain in my right arm. The pain from the surgery went away after about two weeks, but I still have shortness of breath because I am missing part of my lung- go figure.
lower left lung lobe removed, 9/12/14, still in lots of pain 3 1/2 months later

Bladder Cancer Surgeries

What Bladder Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Scheduled week of May 22nd 2017
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.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Surgeries

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

12/19/14
Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Oophorectomoy, Hysterectomy, Lymphnode Removal, Tram-Flap Reconstruction
Lumpectomy, biopsy to right breast
December 16, 2010 removal of enlarged lymph node on the lower left side of my neck, just above the collar bone
tumor biopsy, pleural effusion: liquid drained from lung, pump put on my heart to drain fluid
Spleen removed Nov. 2010
removed mass from right side of neck was a size of a pear they told me.also had moved to my lung at the size of 2.0cm if i remember correctly
Lymph Node Biopsy 2/23/2017 (Positive), Port Placement 3/15/2017, Bone Marrow Biopsy 3/17/2017 (Negative)...
Partial Gastrectomy, Vagotomy, Pyloroplasty in October 2008 to remove tumor and adjacent lymph nodes.
5/14/2014 for suspicion of new cancer. Outpatient procedure.
I've had so many surgeries it's not even funny. From the day the doctor called my mom and told her to get me to a hospital NOW, until today, I have been relentlessly tortured in every which way possible for the greater good or some bullshit like that. I had two biopsies in the same spot, one was with just shots and no numbing medication and ther other was actual open surgery. Then they had to clean it out because they didn't check it and it got infected and couldn't heal properly. Then it finally did, but then they had to open me up again to put my port in my chest but since my diagnosis, I've stopped working out. All I can do is eat and eat and eat because of the steroids they're giving me so Im growing immensely! Well, that tilted the port in my chest and they almost can't get to it so they may need to cut me open a fourth time. Everytime I go into surgery they put a long scope down my throat into my chest so I can breath is I start to slide. Well when they take it out, you wont be able to swallow your foods for the next 3 days or so. Waking up initially is scary to because there's something covoring your entire face and all you can see is up and hear groggy voices. you're in a lot of pain to.
Hernia Surgery
Lymph Node Removal for biopsy 1-16-15; port placed 1-22-15; Bone Marrow Biopsy 1-23-15
December 4th 2015- neck dissection on 7 cm tumor mass on left side of neck. Tissue taken for biopsy. December 15th 2015 a port is inserted into chest for chemotherapy. December 22nd 2015 bone marrow biopsy procedure.
removal of lymph node for dx
Mai02 : very small lymph node removal from neck --- NHL was detected Jul07 : lymph node removal for evaluation of cancer stage.
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
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!
Bard* PowerPort* Implant
Luckily they only shaved a small portion of my hair, as I my son was getting married 5 weeks after surgery!
Port placement
Port in right arm 08/2008 it got infected and developed a clot and was removed. Port in chest 10/2008
Port placement May 2011 Bone marrow Biopsy May 2011 Neck bx 3/17/15
intestine resection due to lymph nodes tearing intestine and causing sepsis.
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.

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).
06/26/2015 19 lymph nodes from left, 27 lymph nodes from right. Only one lymph node positive for melanoma. 09/26/2016 craniotomy to remove 4cm tumor from left frontal lobe.
Skin excision and sentinal node biopsy, all negative.
No surgery
had a very small mole removed on my cheek 2.5 years ago.One year later check up showed the bugger got away.Melanoma
Nivolumab immunotherapy
Bottom of left foot cancer removed and skin grafts.leg cancer removed. Nose 3 surgeries biopsy /removed cancer/skin graft skin from my neck to nose to cover hole. 5/27/14 leg foot.10/21/14 Nose. I have had no side effects yet my plastic surgeon has been my best friend and save me from wanting to die,when I saw my nose,It made me want to die.But he said give it 3 months It will look better.Its been 8 months and it looks so much better.I still have to see him every 3 months to make sure it has not changed.My Dermatologist I see every 3 months to so they are watching for anything else on my body to change. I would have been Dead in 2 months if I had not had surgery on my nose.
September 28,2015
Wide excision and sentinel node biopsy May 23, 2008

Kidney Cancer Surgeries

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
no surgery
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.
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.
will be parascopy
July 2014 left kidney removed with adrenal gland. July 2016 pancreas tail and spleen removed
Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Scheduled for an open partial nephretomy on April 21st, 2011
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
Surgery scheduled for March 31/14, laparoscopic full removal of the left kidney
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
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!
Left nephrectomy
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
June 26 will have a Da Vinci Robotic surgery to remove the tumor. Didn't realize that if they had to take the whole kidney they can just enlarget the hole and sqeeze it out. That helps as I am saving up leave and the recovery still would be short (~2 weeks).
Radical laparoscopic nephrectomy (left) on January 3, 2019
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.
Removed mass from kidney on 3/25
Cryosurgery to kidney
Removed left kidney
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
Radical nephrectomy right, 02/02; lumpectomy chest, 11/07; partial nephrectomy left, 02/11; lumpectomy abdomen and bowel resection, 02/14
Partial right nephrectomy 6/14/13
Nephrectomy on left left kidney laparoscopically

Pancreatic Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreatic Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.
2 months of treatment going on now before surgery is set.
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, Nov 3014; chronic diarrhea, weight loss
had the whipples operation in feb 2009 u go into having that operation knowing that u might not wake up it is like cutting u in half and ripping half ur insides out they took most of the pancrease out part of my stomach part of my bowel and my gall blader the fist 12 hours after that finds out if u are going to survive or not my blood pressure droped that much they couldnt even find it i have never gone through so much pain but the end result was worth it
whipple june 3,2015
Whipple procedure on May 17, 2012. I can eat anything that I want but have the side effect of having to have a bowel movement after every meal.......sometimes diarrhea but always unformed. This has caused me to lose a total of 45 pounds since surgery. I have been able to maintain my weight at 145 now because I eat at least every 2 hours if not more often.
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.
1. ERCP set for 5 Feb 07.
surgery not an option
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
Whipple performed immediatly following diagnosis. Weight loss, depression, pain, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting,overall weakness
May 5, 2017. Hospitalized for 6 days. Came home with tubes, drains and a feeding tube.
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Biliary Stent- April 2014
7/26/2017
Non operable
After almost a year of hearing No/Yes/Maybe my Dad had his Whipple at JH in Baltimore in March, after one week we went home. They also gave him electroporation to treat the tumor that had been resting on the artery.
Whipple, March 2008
Bile duct stent placed in December, and reconstructed twice in April. Amniocentisis, April. Lots of pain in near the lungs. Bone marrow drawn, nothing was found, praise the Lord!
5 hour operation
Feb 1, 2016
Gallbladder surgery that discovered the tumors, urethral stent implanted.No side effects.
Whipple surgery : 18 December 2018 Bile duct stent : 24 May 2018
Whipple May 13, 2014

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
Radiacal neck dissesection and tonsilectomy
No surgery
Removal of right tonsil; extreme pain for a week and then it subsided. List 8 lbs. was very painful to eat.
Partial neck disection with lymph node removal, may 2009.
3 inch incission to remove lump x 2. No side effects.

Ovarian Cancer Surgeries

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Right ovary removal on Oct 8th. Maybe more, won't know till after surgery.
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.
Gee, they took out EVERYTHING (2014)! Full hysterectomy, appendix, colon, and scraped off walls, liver, etc. After 11 hours, they had about 90% removed, and that was the best they could do. I sure miss my colon. . .
rt ovary and tube removal, just returing to work, I tought I was ready, but I got soo tired my first day back on Friday 3/29/2007, mabey with so much going on.
Had a complete hysterectomy on July 27, 2011. Side effects where minimal and came home in 4 days.
Exploratory intent. I had partial hysterectomy in 1992 due to large fibroid. this surgery July 6,2009 removed remaining ovary, appendics, four lympth nodes, and a mass that was 20 cm in size and approx. 8lbs 2oz. Before surgery my CA-125 was 266. After the surgery my CA-125 was down to 30. No side affects, just an ugly new stomach. As of today May 15,2010 my CA-125 3.21
Jan 14 2016,
Surgery total hysterectomy, appendix removed, and tumor in abdomen removed--June 8,2011, still really tender and sore where incision is, no side effects other than grief.
3/13/08 did the surgery on friday the 13th lol it was a success cancer is gone ill be in remission in 6 mos cuz i have to do chemo for 6 mos MORE
TAHBSO and section of supraclavicular lymph node on July 25th, 2011; emergency flap craniotomy (brain surgery) Jan 30, 2016
Laparoscopy - 12/21/16
August 2007, September 2008, October 2009
Total Radical Hyterectomy/Tumor Debulking 11/17/10
I went in to surgery to remove a football size mass from my abdominal region on June 23, 2017 and a complete hysterectomy. When I woke, they informed me that they had to remove 18 inches of my small intestine that had been infected with ovarian cancer.
removed omentum, all female oragans, lymp nodes on oct 31. 2008 along with volleyball sized tumor, was staged at a 1c initially. did the initial 6 treatments of chemo was so called in remission, got a chest cold 3 months later and a pet scan revealed the cancer was now a stage 4 with mets throughout.
<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>
8/31/2016
I had surgey Dec. 23rd 2011 to remove the tumor I had. That's when they found the cancer. They had to remove my left ovary and tube.
Laparoscopic and open surgery. Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy and total Hysterectomy, debulking and removal of Omentum. Well tolerated. Home on fourth morning.
VATs surgery, left ovary removal
Main- complete hysterectomy, 18" of colon, Sept. 2015, Surgery in May 2015 for bowel obstruction
2/16/05 - Left Ovary, falopian tube, pelvic tissue, lymph nodes removed Side effects, horrible scar, numb skin. 9/24/08 - full hysterectomy
Hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo oopherectomy, peritonectomy
October 24, 2011 surgery for hysterectomy and omendectomy
4 major abdominal surgeries: permanent problems digesting

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

4/11/14: Total thyroidectomy, central compartment neck dissection, and modified radical neck dissection. Side effects: severe sore throat, swelling, bruising, stiffness, trouble swallowing.
8/9/11: Total Thyroidectomy
complete thyroidectomy on 1/24/2017; also 9 metasticized lymph nodes removed side effects: fatigue over first 3 weeks; hoarseness; loss of singing voice (showing gradual return as of 3/30/17; some difficulty swallowing
Thyroidectomy and removal of tumour on May 5th, 2010. Tumour the size of a nectarine and it spread to two lymph nodes on the right side.
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.
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
February 28, 2014
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
Total Thyroidectomy with a neck Disection twice
Full thyroidectomy with left neck dissection and removal of 7 lymph nodes (12/6/2016). Laringospasm while coming out of sedation led to reintubation in surgical ICU for 24 hours followed by 24 hours observation in a regular hospital room. Swelling above collarbone and left neck. Pain in peri-cardinal membranes, neck, collarbone, forehead, jaw. Numbness in neck, under the chin, right tip of the tongue.
I had a total thyroidectomy in April. They also removed twenty-some lymph nodes on the left side of my neck.
Had a Right Hemi Thyroidectomy and will be having the left thyroid removed in the near future.
Surgery on 01/10/2010 Removed most of thyroid. Left some on right.
Just had surgery on October 12th,2011 and the scar is pretty big but worth it.
Bilateral neck dissection 4/2/09. Minimal side effects; just a continuous itch in my throat that is only relieved with continuous coughing.
Had a thyroidectomy March 2003 with an RAE131 ablation 8 weeks later, had residual thyroid cells on the thyroid bed ablated 18 months later. everything was GREAT until Oct. 2009 when I felt a bump on the side of my neck and my then endro. assured me that everyone had them, but then my Primary provider decided to send me to a thyroid specialist who first ordered a CT scan and then a Lymphectomy which proved to be cancerous with Papillary Cancer. Because of the Holidays and other scheduling conflicts on the doctor's part the surgery was put off until Feb 24 2010. I had a right neck dissection in which 28 Lymph Nodes were removed along with the outer jugular vein were removed. 8 of the 28 lymph nodes were canerous. Had 217 mCi of RAI June 16, 2010 had to wait until Nov. 30 to a PET scan which showed that the RAI had not killed the cancers and also that the cancers that were on the 4 lobes of the lungs had grown. I have now been diagnosed as a Pulmonary Mestastic Diesease patient.
Going to talk to the surgeons on Friday 23rd July 10
Total Thyroidectomy with right neck dissection 06/22/2017. Removed total thyroid gland and 32 lymph nodes ranging from center of night to up the right side of my neck and behind my right ear. Surgery lasted 7 1/2 hours due to the amount of lymph node involvement. Also has some heart issues due to the surgery and afterwards had calcium and bleeding issues. I now suffer from Hypocalcemia and will for the rest of my life. So I am constantly tired, light headed and sometimes have camping over my entire body due to issues keeping my calcium up.
G-Tube Placement
Right lobectomy In February 2011. Tumors were benign, but thyroid was cancerous. Complete thyroidectomy and neck dissection on March 17, 2011 showed that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Really tired and sore, hot flashes, but mostly just really tired. I'm now off of my medds and on the no sodium torture dietawaiting RAI treatment at the end of the month!
Total thyroidectomy on May 8, 2008. Found cancer on both sides of my thyroid and into my lymph nodes. Incision area is sore and itchy. Met with the surgeon on May 16 and he removed the bandages. Advises me to use sunscreen daily and my scar shouldn't be as noticeable. Also had a hard time swallowing for a few days after surgery. Most likely caused by the breathing tube inserted during surgery. A week later and I can swallow without pain. The week after surgery I would feel great for awhile and then become really tired. My calcium level did dip a little and I have been taking calcium supplements that make me nauseous.
January 2010, got over surgery quickly
SURGERY ON JUNE 13 2011, HAD PARALYZED VOCAL CHORD AFTER SURGERY WITH POSSIBLE CHRONIC VOICE HOARSENESS AND SOMETIMES VOICE LOSS.
The surgeon removed the right side of my thyroid. The medicine I was given to knock me out during surgery made me SICK AS A DOG. After surgery it was determined that I have cancer. I will soon be getting second side of thyroid removed and them going through radiation treatment.
October 5 th, 2012. Thyroidectomy with full neck dissection. 3 draining tubes and full neck swelling. 86 lymphnodes removed with 14 showing Papillary Cancer. Upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 3. Prognosis remains the same. Treatable.

Stomach Cancer Surgeries

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

She underwent total gastrectomy on 8th August 2016 and she is in ICU now.
2 surgeries to remove tumor and then intestine bypass
Port placement, Celiac nerve block GJ tube placement
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.

12/28/2016 11/15/2018
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...
Had 2 surgeries for removal in the left frontal lobe. 1/2006 and 10/2009. First surgery - extremely tired. 2nd surgery - extremely tired as well; because surgeon had to take more out affected my speaking - couldn't speak for 4 days but came back fine.
craniotomy on 1/30/09 with ability to speak better immediately but still needs lots of speech therapy.
Surgery on 9/9/16, no side affects except numb and itchy incision site
Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy and biopsy Jan 31st 2012
In August, after diagnosis... I underwent the Gamma Knife surgery. The only time that freaked me out was when they were screwing the frame in & in walked someone with a handheld manual screwdriver. It was a little frustrating, and scary. Other than that, it went well. Some pain & dizziness afterwards..
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
10/06 resection he is no longer the man I married tumor was in left temporal lobe
Resection, June 2007, Minimal Side Effects Resection, June 2009, Loss use of Left eye lid
After sugery I just had to keep the would clean. Very forgetful after surgery and was put on disablity after surgery.
Biopsy - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
had 2 tumors removed from brain, still have them in brain and lungs
Emergency brain surgery on June 12, 2004 After surgery Michael had a stroke. Now uses a walker.
Tumour Resection & Craniotomy - November 25, 2011 - She stuttered, eyes weak and struggled with walking Central Venous Line Insertion - Dec. 16
Inoperable
I was woke and had to talk and stay woke during the whole surgery. January 17,2010, 5 hours. weakness,less appetite,and fatigue.
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
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.
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
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
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.
January 10th, 1996. Staten Island University Hospital
spinal fluid re-routed in brain

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
Vertebroplasty 12/2013, Stem Cell Transplant 5/2014

Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgeries

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

rectal cancer resection and loop ileostomy- April 13, 2010 Ileostomy takedown- Dec. 7, 2010
Bowel resection and hysterectomy 02/09
Left hemicolectomy, Oct 26, 2015. Did very well. 19 inches of colon removed, 15 lymph nodes removed, 3 positive, size 6 cm.
First surgery was Nov 11, 2010. Stage 1A cancer. I had a small infection in the incision. They couldn't do laproscopic, so I had about a 4=5" incision below my belly button. Ended up having incision re-opened to allow for draining and had a nurse come in several times a week to clean the incision. After 4 months, the doctor performed a sygmoidoscopy to check up on the 'connection points' of the surgery. We found a new tumor forming right above the connection point. A biopsy verified that it was cancer once again. On March 25, 2011, I had colorectal surgery once again and had more of my colon removed. Pathology reports from both surgeries did not indicate lymph nodes affected and there was no indication in the pathology report of the first surgery for the need for chemo. Now that it re-occurred after 4 months, I'm now going for chemo after the second surgery. Ended up with another infection after the second surgery and the incision is over 7" long. Ended up back in the hospital for 4 days with infection. Now have a wound vac, which is very painful.
Scheduled for 2/19/15
Power port installed. LOVE IT! Side effect: People look at it and I have to explain it's my bionic nipple.
Mesorectal
March 2009 colon resection
07/13/2012 hysterectomy, oopherectomy to remove 26cm adnexal mass. Doctors thought it was ovarian related but once inside saw that it originated from colon, and did colon resection and liver biopsy.
The most recent surgery involves the removal of section C7 of the spinal column, which had been eaten away by the tumour. An artificial titanium support was installed. For three weeks, my mother was hospitalised and could not walk for several days. With rehab, she began to walk and can do basic things on her own, but her health has been very frail. The area around the incision, at the front and back of the neck, are continuously sore, even almost two months after the surgery. She also lost her voice, and will have to wear a neck brace for 3-6 months.
Anticipated mid Aug 2010. See surgeon July 26th for testing to determine results of chemo & radiation
Had surgery july 2009 removed section of lower rectom.I was cut open from under ribs to below belly button.Recovery time was about 10 weeks. as of feb 2010 I may have to have another surgery to remove a cancer cell
Sepember 30 removal and resection of 14cm of colon and rectum. 5 of 20 lymph nodes were infected. Because of type 2 diabetes recovery was slow and developed an abscess from where the resection did not heal. A Cook drain was installed to drain the abscess. After 7 months the abscess has not fully closed and I await the doctor's decision to "glue" the abscess and resection. Because of the difficulty of the surgery I am using an Ileostomy. Because of the lack of healing I am no longer eligible for adjuvant chemotherapy.
AS of March, "14, colon surgery, removed 1/3 of colon and part of small intestine, also removed carcinoid tumor
Pending 4/7/2014
Colostomy surgery 6/08
January 12, 2010. Removal of tumor in colon/rectum. had to remove approximately 8 inches of colon/rectum.
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!
July 5th he had colon surgery. He liver has various lesions. Not operable.
October 28, 2008 (Cyst Removal); January 5, 2009(Cyst Removal, Partial Sigmoid Colon Removal); September 21, 2009(Simple Ovarian Cyst Removal); July 2, 2010 (Complete Hysterectomy and HIPEC treatment)
Surgery following radiation and chemotherapy
9/19/2011. proximal resection. 6" incision. Other than anal fissures, recovered quickly. Back to work 2 1/2 weeks post surgery.
Transanal resection, October 5th, 2009.
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
hemicolectomy and appendectomy on April 12, 2010. Made it through the surgery just fine.

Liver Cancer Surgeries

What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

resection surgery - didnt work blood clot moved
Liver resection April 2016
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.
Tumor size : 6 cm. Successfully liver operated on 29/AUG/2015
Liver Resection of complete left lobe 10/22/2009
no surgery although resection has been suggested to buy some time. I'm thinking of just letting it go till I die from it. I have iron infusions for anemia, insulin dependent diabetes for 22 years, portal hypertension and cirrhosis. I am now looking at a procedure of placing radiation beads on the tumor through a vein in the leg but I haven't got all the information yet except it makes you feel like you have the flu the first week. anyone know about XP90 procedure and results and side effects?
In 10th July 2009,I was found a slightly high 1.5cm*1.5cm light mass in my riht lobe of liver.Then it was diagnosed in 17th July after MRI and Pet CT. It's Primary liver cancer.And in 23rd July, I was found two tumors more than 10cm. Also I have serious Liver cirrhosis. On 4th August, I accept the surgery. 4 weeks after the surgery, have preventive intervention treatment. On 7th November, I start SolaFini targeted therapy. But it has very strong side effect to me.It's a really painful period. Diarrhea, ulceration of hands and feet, hair loss, severe drop of white blood cells and platelets all comes to me, almost destroy me. I even can't bear it in that time. My husband running around China to find useful medicine for me. He insist my treatment should be a Integrated treatment with immune therapy as the core. I ate Chinese medicine,and take Recombinant Human Granulocyte Colony-stimulating Factor Injection to improve my immunity.In the process, I really appreciate Chinese medicine, espeacially reishi. My niece brings me a medicine after She heard I have serious side effect of targeted therapy, it's reishi spore oi and another product. My attending physician forbids me to eat this. I don't eat, my niece told me it all natural and the functional triterpene can improve immunity. I can't bear the pain, so I secretly ate it. A miracle appeared. The side effect becomes lighter and lighter.It really has a great function to improve immunity. So I appreciate so much . Liver cancer always seen as one of the most dangerous cancer, I have prepared to live only 5 years, but with my husband' careful concern and my family's encourage, I live strongly till now. In this process, I have some feelings to share with you all, my friends. 1. Face it, and laugh to it, never hide. You strong, it weak. 2. Weak immunity is the main reason of cancer, so improve immunity is important. 3. If it's possible, do more things as a common people, never think yourself as a patient. I think it's really a unforgettable experience in my life, it needs record. All my friends here, hope you are strong to face life, and happier forever.
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.
Endoscopies
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
Removal of right lobe.
i will tell you

Cervical Cancer Surgeries

What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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
Feb 1, 2018 Ileostomy due partial blockage of colon. A lymph node in my colon had grown into the lining of my colon.
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 )
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.
26th November 2010, Hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries. Wind Pain and constipation biggest complication.
smit sleeve for brachytherapy (internal radiation); Port placement (power port); lymph node removal for biopsy in Aug 2014
Emergency surgery for internal bleeding, blood transfusion and cervical cone biopsy: 04/11/2019 Side Effects: Hospitalized until 04/19/2019 Brachytherapy (Internal radiation): 05/01, 05/08, 05/15, 05/22, 05/29 Side effects: Vaginal stenosis, contact bleeding, pelvic pain, back pain
No Surgerys yet!! Getting a port soon.
9/10/18
LEEP Procedures, Biopsies
The only surgery was 2 rounds of inpatient internal radiation. 11/11/2016 to 11/13/2016 and 11/28/2016 to 12/01/2016
radical hystorectomy, radiation for 5 weeks ended may24
Cone Biopsy x 2, sentinal node dissection in Jan 2012, Crevical Stent in Oct 2012
cold knife conization scheduled. radical hysterectomy to be done after they shrink the tumor, which appears to be 7 cm wide???
leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.
Total Vaginal Radical Hysterectomy, kept one ovary, lymph node removal 9/2010
So far just a port in to chest
Radical Hysterectomy Nerve damage in abdomen, left leg
laporoscopy to remove lymph nodes caused dead legs.....
Nov 3rd 2011 scheduled
5/5/12 radical robotics assisted (Davinci) hysterectomy (kept my ovaries).
Had surgery Feb 2015 to remove my cervix and cancerous cells.
Not an option......
D&C, Hysterscopy
Conization 2001, clear margins

Larynx Cancer Surgeries

What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

No surgery
Total laryngectomy, thyroid removal.
06/24/2004 Mucoepidermal carsanoma Infections
**Total Laryngectomy: May 15, 2014 Currently use an indwelling prosthetic larynx; and relying on my electrolarynx, especially when fatigued. **Emergency Ileostomy due to bowel perforation: March 9, 2016
Biopsy- October 12, 2011- no side effects, was a breeze.
About seven without side effects other than voice became gruff.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

spleenectomy - 12/2008 had a hard time healing
Currently in 7 plus 3 chemotherapy
On April 19th 2018, I had a Port-a-Cath placed in the right side of my chest. I didn't feel it at first. It didn't bother me. But then came the first needle change. The port is like a small disc that sits inside a pocket of muscle near my heart. A tube directly transports blood products,chemotherapy, and antibiotics directly into my system without having to wait. If it gets messed with too much or the needle goes into the wrong place, I can feel all of it. After a while though, I forget it's there. Until my little brother hugs me too tight or my shirt scrunches under the seatbelt and digs into the scar.
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
Bone Marrow 50 % match Dec 21,2012 Graft Versus Host

Testicular Cancer Surgeries

What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Radical orchiectomy of the right testicle- Dec. 28, 2018. I did not show symptoms of TC, other than back pain and then eventually my left flank became sore. According to the ultrasound, there was a small scarring on my right testicle- pathologically speaking, where the testicle has “burnt out” from the cancer, but the cancer had already spread to my lungs and lymph nodes.
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
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)
Due date 23 May 2017

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.
4/6/16 Orthoscopic Resection Surgery removing GIST and part of stomach
Gist removed 11th June 2018
transrectal excision

Small Intestine Cancer Surgeries

What Small Intestine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

8/10 partial nephrectomy, 10/10 full nephrectomy, 2/11 Hernia repair caused by nephrectomy surgery

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.

Anal Cancer Surgeries

What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.
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....
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
Excision Surgery and further examination. Margings were clear so no Chemo for me! Tons of pain after surgery. Getting better every day.
Sigmoidoscopy/Biopsy 4/25/11
None was required.
I honestly cannot say I had colorectal surgery - I had what I thought was a very small hemorrhoid removed and poof instead it was 3 cm cancerous tumor. I just didn't know how to get rid of the Surgery choice and it was the closest thing I could come up with to what I had done. I also had my port inserted and removed, no fun but love my surgeon he is awesome!!
colonoscopy with biopsy
July and October 2012. Many infections including VRE, C. difficile ,sepsis ((from candida) weight loss of 30 lbs, semi-vegetative state, hematuria, more surgeries to lysis infections, adhesions. Near death before transfer out of Yale Hospital and moved to Lenox Hill Hospital where my life was saved.
After colonoscopy, surgeon took out larger tissue, cells were squamous so radiation/chemo was needed for remaining cells. Surgery was painful. On hydrocodon-acidimidophin.
Port placement Nov. 22, 2011
Portacath implanted Nov 15, 2013.
Colonoscopy, 12/09, no side effects
Colostomy installed end March 2016. working well
Removal of tumor done by a surgeon incident to biopsy
Hemorrhoids removed 9/12/2018. Excruciating pain! Hallucinations from pain meds & anesthia. Chemo port inserted & removed. Continuous itching. 2nd Anal surgery 4/2019 to check margins.
polyp removed during routine colonoscopy - pathology diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma
No surgery as cancer was Stage 1.
Jan. 5th, 2015- surgical biopsy- was hoping to remove entire "in situ" area. No clear margins were obtained. Biopsy came came back as invasive SCC of anal canal on Jan. 9th, 2015.
i had a colonoscopy in Sept of 2014. They found a small lesion just above the dentate line. This was termed AIN 2. In Nov of 2014 they did a biopsy on what they termed a lesion and then destroyed it with electrocautery. The biopsy showed an invasive squamous cell cancer. It was moderately differentiated and it was arising within a background of high- grade dysphasia. The Doctor didn't notify me with results for three weeks. He then called and said I have invasive cancer and would call back in a week after he met with his cancer board. I called him a week later and decided to change doctorrs and went to a research hospital. The new doctor said he thought chemo and radiation at this point was an extreme measure and we should watch it every three months. Did CT scan and MRI both normal. Another spot was identified in May 2016. Excision was preformed June 2016. Didn't get clean margins and that lymph- vascular invasion was present.
A chemo port was surgically installed just under my collar bone. After I completed 2 rounds of chemo and 7 weeks of radiation, my tumor was much smaller but still there. I switched hospitals from Jefferson Univ. in Phila. to Sloan Kettering in NYC. To determine if the remaining tumor was still cancerous, I had a surgical biopsy, going into the tumor through the anal wall. That identified some irregular cells but no cancer. Since they were sure there was still some cancer, I had a second biopsy done by interventional radiology, going into the tumor through my back while viewing via CT scan to be sure they were in the right place. Still no cancer! Yay! Later I had my appendix removed; it had been damaged by the radiation.
biosy on Feb. 14, 2011 ~ tumor and anus seem more sensitive and sore since. due to have rectal ultrasound on March 1 and have first appointment with Oncologist on March 3.
VATS procedure w/RUL segmentectomy for nodule & lung lymphadenectomies 8/20/14 + for AC; bil (2) inguinal node lymphadenectomies (negative for ca)) 1/2014; rt. inguinal node biopsy 7/2014 (negative for ca). Rt. ureteral stent placement 12/2015 for rt. hydronephrosis.
July 25 2017. Removal of what was thought to be a benign anal growth. I expect some degree of soreness will be permanent.

Vulva Cancer Surgeries

What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Sept 2011-Laser Jan 3, 2012
2 Groin lymph nodes removed before treatment. After chemo and radiation the rest of tumour was surgically removed. Process called radical vulvectomy. Post surgery I had serious infection resulting in a 2 week hospital stay and debridment. Cancer returned again in 2017 resulting in a hysterectomy, colostomy and reconstruction.

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
Left front leg and shoulder amputated on 17 April 2018.
2001 resection of vertebre involved and rods inserted
Removed right acetabulum

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
removal of right eye and most of optic nerve on 13th may 2013.Due to the removal of some bone and muscle I was unable to have a false eye the surgeon removed my bottom eyelid and stretched my top one down over the opening he has done a great job.
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
Tumors discovered during sinus surgery on 8/30/13 - doctor removed what she could but left a large tumor. Biopsy confirmed cancer ~9/10/13
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.

Surgery scheduled for 6/8/2016.

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
Had a Laparoscopic Appendectomy (Feb 6, 2015) and a Laparoscopic Right Colectomy (Mar 26, 2015). 8 inches of my colon was removed.
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.
To start chemo and radiation Monday. 12/25/07
EMR surgery 1/2016, no side effects.
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.
Removed portion of esophagus, pulled stomach up to reach shortened esophagus.
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
have not had it yet.... stomach reduction, removal of my esophagus , don't know if this is what I want.
Esophagus Removal 2003.... Neck tumor removed with some neck mussels removed ...
gastroesophagectomy removal of 60% of esophagus and 30% of stomach
M.i.e. 5-19-2016 Pain, discomfort, C diff.
No surgery yet. Undergoing radiation and chemo at this time, then 'possible' surgery at a later time if the tuma is shrunk.

Renal Pelvis Cancer Surgeries

What Renal Pelvis Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Surgery 10/05/2016 to remove an 11.5 centimeter tumor and surrounding glands and renal vein was mostly removed after milkiing it away from the heart

Tonsil Cancer Surgeries

What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Tonsil Biopsy 11/7/11
Radical Neck Dissection, April 7,2010, Tightness of the jaw, constant pulling sensation, crooked smile, occasional head aches.
Radical Tonsilactomy
biopsy of left tonsil and lymph node
Tonsillectomy 9/26/12
Robotic tonsil and tumer removal and Neck disection to remove lymph nodes
Tonsillectomy and modified radical neck dissection
Surgical Biopsy 8/15/13, Lung Resection 5/14
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.
left tonsil and part of mass removed on December 4, 2015
Removed tonsils and Lymph nodes
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).
1. Tonsillectomy, November 14, 2012. The pain in my throat, ear pain, headaches and alittle depression. 2. Port A Cath Surgery December 28th. 3. Peg Feeding Tube Surgery Feburary 14, 2013
removal of tonsils 4/14/11 neck desection 4/21/11
Too many to list
CT Scan 2/28/2012 Swollen left submandibular lymph node FNA 4/5/2012 NEgative Node removal 5/25/2012 positive for Squamos Cell Carcinoma PET Scan 6/4/2012 negative Bi-lateral tonsillectomy 6/15/2012 Positive left tonsil 5mm tumor. 6/15/2012 PortaCath insertion
January 17, 2011 - Tonsilectomy - Ouch for 2 weeks lost 10 pounds but got through it.
Surgical biopsy of lymph nodes July 21, 2011. Surgical biopsy of tonsil July 27, 2011. Peg tube placement August 2, 2011
Had outpatient surgery on September 10th. ENT doctor did a biopsy of the back of my tongue and tonsil so they could know where the cancer originated which was in the tonsil.
August 7th, 2012-surgery to remove left tonsil. August 29th, 2012-neck dissection and staging.
still to come
standard tonsillectomy, went excellent I was abble to eat almost everything at day 3
Robotic tonsilectomy R and R lateral neck dissection.
Tonsillectomy - 12/10/10 Modified Neck Dissection - 12/27/10
Tonsillectomy 12/30/13 - Took me about 10 days to turn the corner on recovery. About 50% of the time, there is a click and some side of throat spasm/movement when i swallow. Feeding tube (PEG) 2/26/14? - Painful abdominal and back cramping after surgery. Took Prilosec and it settled down after a week. Stoma leaks formula. Stoma had granulation. Forced to use gauze on stoma throughout to catch leakage/bleeding. Selective Lymph Node dissection 5/20/14 - Drain tube pulled and released from hospital on 5/21. Numbness from bottom of ear along incision up to jaw line of face.

Mesothelioma Cancer Surgeries

What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

VATS procedure 7-09

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Surgeries

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

Cancer discovered by pathology after surgery.
hysterectomy 31/03/2009
Total Hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
3/2/2016 Robotic total hysterectomy, robotic bilateral saloon go-oophorectomy, pelvic bilateral/para-aortic lymph node dissection. Very sore abdomen with sharp internal pain
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.
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
Hysterectomy 3/25/10 - no suspicion of cancer; pathology report showed tumors in uterus and ovary; Staging Surgery 5/17/10 - more cancer found in cervix and fatty tissue
09/14/09 total abdominal hysterectomy with lymph nodes also removed
Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
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.
unfortunately developed a seroma which presses on some nerves down my leg. Can only walk 20 min to an hour at a time without significant pain down my leg.
Radical hysterectomy on August 6, 2012. Hot Flashes began 2 weeks later.
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!
total Hysterectomy
January 29, 2014; few side effects
Hysterectomy on July 1, 2010.
June 2013 - Abdominal Hysterectomy - Sore and tired afterwards, but relieved it was over Oct 2014 - Para aortic Lymph Node Dissection - out of hospital next day
2/25/2016 Robotic. No major side effects. Post-surgery constipation (thanks to a few days of opioids) then the opposite, then balance, finally. This seems to be the usual course of recovery. Make sure you have a pillow for your belly for the ride home from the hospital. Avoid dairy products at all costs.
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.
No issues.
colostomy April 2nd. ureter stents, bladder catheter since May 2011 total pelvic exenteration Nov.2011
Robotic hysterectomy, 4/5/2017, bloating
Complete hysterectomy including ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes and cervix
DaVinci robot assisted laparoscopic surgery on 3/23/16 -- one night stay in hospital, feeling a little sore still a week later in area where lymph nodes were removed

Sarcoma Cancer Surgeries

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Craniotomy-2016, Thoracotomy (left)-2015, Thoracotomy (right)-2015, Thoracotomy/Lobectomy (right)-2014, Wedge Resection (primary tumor-right leg)-2013
Bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the tumor in my chest
Removed the tumor in October 2010. Removed everything they could see or touch. He has been NED ever since.
Resection by a certified Orthopedic Oncologist, Dr. Earl W. Brien. Amazing doctor and friend!
May 2010 - Initial surgery; Aug 2010 - re-resectional surgery Aug 2010 - Limb sparing surgery or limb-salvage surgery.
2/20/17 Radical resection of retro-peritoneal mass, left hemicolectomy, splenectomy, distal pancreatectomy, left nephrectomy, left andrenalectomy, left orchelectomy, resection of transversus abdominis muscle, psoas fascia and coloproctostomy. 3/3/17 After a colonic anastomic breakdown and surgery done patient was in septic shock and remains unstable as of 5/25/17
August 2017 after radiation therapy
Surgery to remove tumor on 10/17/14
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 %.
Had surgery 2013. Half of right lung removed, 18 lymph node removed. Upper back pain. Shortness of breath.
Coming Soon...
30/8/11 - Removal of large sarcoma in right groin, 8/10/14 removal of secondary sarcomas in right lung, 20/11/14 removal of secondary sarcomas in left lung, 1/12/15 removal of sarcoma right groin (which turned into just a biopsy) one surgery to come.
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!
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.
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.
June 2012: Full tumor resection with clear, negative margins from the right parapharynx
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...
Shoulder Replacement Right Lung Wedge Resection
Surgery on 15th August to remove large mass from right thigh, 5 weeks out from Surgery experienced internal bleed and wound had to be opened again to wash out hematoma, currently two weeks post this second surgery with open wound and vac assisted healing.
2 craniotomies
August, 2016 March, 2017 July, 2017
Lesion removal- 3/30/2017 Lymphnode removal on left side- 5/22/2017
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy Surgery, Bilateral Salpingectomy, Laparotomy February 5th, 2016 March 9th/ 2017 - Removal of leison
Had chin and jaw reconstructed. 3/4 of tongue removed and rebuilt with fat from my back. 3 lymph nodes removed.
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.

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.
Lumpectomy 10/03 Lymph node removal 3/04
Parotidectomy, they did about a 3 inch long incision behind my ear, around the lobe up to the front, and then down my neck. My parotid gland was removed. I had this surgery on October 8th, 2014. Side effects from the surgery: little facial movement, severe nerve damage, shoulder pain due to nerve damage, hearing loss.
October 28, 2015

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.

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
Throat and lung
no surgery
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.
Laryngectomy; total removal of voice box February 25, 2016 7 hour surgery Second tumor removal/ Salvage Laryngectomy done July 25, 2016
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.
None as of yet
Radical neck bissection to remove 5cm growth, both tonsils, and to biopsy tongue base. 03 October. Took only about 4 hours. Incision from behind right ear down below jawline to Adam's Apple. Resulting numbness in ear and cheek, and difficulty smiling evenly. Difficulty eating, as lower lip tends to get bitten if not manually moved down.

Tongue Cancer Surgeries

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

tongue removed tissue taken from my thighs to reconstruct my tongue, hard to eat and swallow, cant eat solid food, fear of choking constantly
December 2013
partial glossectomy,reconstruction from left forearm, neck dissection, Dec 8th, 2015
3/30/2016
July 2015. Tongue reconstruction healed, but graft to small. Need additional tongue reconstruction surgery.
1990 - removal of the sore and I was good to go. 1997 - Hemmiglossectomy with donor site from Right arm, Radical neck, healed for a few weeks and then treatment began. Treatment nearly killed me!!
Neck dissection, tracheostomy, feeding tube
4 weeks from now. Partial glossectomy, tongue reconstruction, neck dissection
Glossectomy. Required tracheotomy. Tumour cut away, and a flap from my left arm and wrist reconstructed my tongue. Skin graft from stomach to replace missing wrist tissue. Various teeth removed. Lymph nodes in neck removed. February 2010. 12 hour operation and was in high dependency unit for 2 days, spent 3 weeks in hospital in total, I made a quick recovery. Had to leant to eat and drink, and speak. Swallowing affected, often choking in the early days and years, towards 4 years after have got used to not choking though it still occurs sometimes even today. In the first 6 months significant facial swelling but kinesio tape used to address, which took around 9-12 months to go, and after 2 years no swelling evident.
13 Nov 2012, extremely sore throat for one month, lost taste temporarily, raspy voice.
August 2, 2018 surgical biopsy, August 29, 2018, tracheostomy, removal of all lower teeth, gastrostomy
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.
3 surgeries to remove 3 different spots on tongue at different times. All within year 1/2. Swollen lymph node in neck disected for testing. No side effects yet except for scar tissue on tongue.
Removed appropriately half of tongue in 2015. Annually in 2007-2009 got margins when removed precancerous lesions. In 2002 benign pituitary tumor removed. 2005 Mose surgery on nose for cancer.
Punch out of tumor on tonsil. HPV 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
Partial Glossectomy, Tracheostomy and Reconstruction from graft of left forearm tissue. Neck Dissection to remove 49 Lymph nodes from right side of my Neck. 14 hour surgery date 30 May 2016
Tonsil ca 1999. Tongue ca 2017. Breast cancer 2011.
Mouth cancer, removal of partial right jawbone, removal of upper palette, removal of teeth on right side
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
Surgery to remove cancer on March 10, 2011
Glossectomy, full neck disection, reconstructive surgery
first time - excised just a little bit from the back of my tongue. It minimally affected my speech and swallowing. Second time - biopsies then full on chemo and rad. Third time - hemiglossectomy, plus one quickie to create a drain to wick the horrific infection, then a third dramatic surgery event due to a bleed out of carrotid artery.

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
bronchotomy in June 2010: tenderness near incision and scar.
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
Cervical lymph nodes removed Sep 2009. Surgery went smoothly. Iliac (abominal lymph node removed) and ovary removed for freezing after relapse in April 2010. PermCath placed R side of chest/neck May 2010 for salvage chemo and autograft of stem cells.
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..
Oct. 18, 2010- medi-port
Traciodomy- collapsed lung
11/02/10- Biopsy on left lymph Node- Pain, swelling. 12/10- Port placement-Pain swelling 03/11-Port malfunction and removal- Heart Damage, 3 days Hospitalized 03/11-PICC Line placement-pain, annoyance, No swimming :(
Bipsopy, anterior mediastinotomy. Feb 2011
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.
Biopsy of smaller lump in my neck.
Surgical Removal on Feb 14th of 4cm neck mass in lymph node. Confirmd Hodgkin's
Biopsy
late may - biopsy june 7 - port
Open Biopsy, port placement
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
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.
Excisional biopsy of right node-- 1/6/15 Port Placement -- 1/8/15
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
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.
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.
first byopsy to test and see what it might be and then a second to remove as much as possible.
Lymph Node Biopsy, February 5, 2009 Mediport Placement February 16, 2009 Bone Marrow Biopsy February 18, 2009
Thoracotomy, on my birthday. I felt like I'd been caught in a bear trap.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

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

Got the port thing in and my arm stiffened up ALOT back stiffened up ALOT night sweats nightmares sadness. Also LP's which are hard because I got a shit back.
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.
Two bilateral knee surgeries, Avascular Necrosis (AVN), July 2013,Oct 2014; Eye surgery (left eye), Retinal Detachment (isolated CNS relapse), May 2015

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!
iam a nice girl loking for man

Leukemia Cancer Surgeries

What Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

partial hysterectomy 1991 oophorectomy 1991 cervix removal 1992 45 pound tumor removed from right abdomen 1995 removal of spleen and pancreas (more than 50%) 1995 reconstruction of kidney, lung, pancreas and gallbladder 1995

Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Surgeries

What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

lost both hips due to medications

Neuroblastoma Cancer Surgeries

What Neuroblastoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Removed kidney and tumor February 1998

Appendiceal Cancer Surgeries

What Appendiceal 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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