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 7085 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.

Lumpectomy on "Lefty" and endometrial ablation on July 22, 2011 Portacath insertion scheduled for August 30th
I have had two surgeries-lumpectomy and reincision to get the rest of lump and port installment.
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
2008- Partial masc. an the beginning of chemo.(Mar).2008(Oct) Double mascetomy with reconstruction. 2008 ( Nov)complete hystorectomy.2009( Apr.) implants and about three months later the nipples were constructed. 2010 (Mar) body rejected the implants and they were removed. And after that I suffered infections and four more surgeries until thsi brings me here to this website as of tody.
After first lumpectomy, a second was required to get the rest of the cancer. A third was requested and refused to remove a clot in the cavity where the tumor had been. The clot was drained in the surgeons office over a period of weeks. Now all that is left is minor numbing, faint purple discoloration and two scars from the lumpectomy and single lymph node removal.
Unilateral mastectomy (October 2008) with immediate reconstruction with tissue expander which was replaced with silicone implant July 2009.
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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.
3-01-13 port put in, 10-4-13 Double mastectomy and recostructive surgery. 3-12-15 Partical hysterectomy surgery. 8-13-15 implants put in, Side effects are me being in pain 24/7.
In the long run? Probably worse than any of the rest of the ordeal. I HATED losing a breast. Especially the nipple. No reconstruction can restore that, regardless of what plastic surgeons can do to create a fake one. Oh, and it was performed on my 44th birthday in Dec. 2003, which didn't help matters any.
Biopsy: 3/06, hurt like hell. Had a needle biopsy first but it did not harvest enough tissue so the surgical biopsy was necessary. Port-a-cath insertion: 4/06, Periodic pain although it is more annoying than painful most of the time. Oopherectomy: 5/06, The burning was the most painful part of this surgery. It went away fairly quickly though. Hip nail procedure: 9/06, Learning to walk again and learning to walk up and down stairs again was painful, but better than having a full hip replacement if I broke the hip. This was a profelactic measure as there were lesions on the base of the hip ball. Kyphoplasty: 2/07, Really improved the pain in my back which wasn't helped by radiation treatment.
Mastectomy on right 8/05 gamma knife on right brain tumor 11/07 removal of right brain tumor 4/28/08
I had a double mastectomy on October 20, 2010. It was very painful and the pain medication wasn't very helpful. The drains were extremely uncomfortable. Teh severe pain lasted for about a month.
5/20/09-lumpectomy, axillary dissection. Drain was hell, messy, embarrassing, it hurt having a 5 month old infant to care for, and it clogged once, and sent me to the ER...
On October 9th I had Bi-lateral lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy, 3 incisions...i made it through that, still really sore 3 weeks later...told yesterday that Pathology found ANOTHER UNRELATED breast cancer on the tissue sample. Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.....SURGERY ALL OVER AGAIN!!
Well, actually, the place where you enter the profile doesn't have enough options :) In November, 2011, lumpectomy at an outpatient clinic. Very easy. Clinic and doctor were great. Staff however, called me the day before to discuss money (I have insurance), which made things more stressful. They wanted cash up front, even though the insurance totally paid for it. They send a refund 2 months later.
Removal of 2 sentinel nodes - neg. THIS HURT and kept me out of the gym. Lumpectomy - Clear margins Cancer in vascular tissue
had a lumpectomy in september 16 tho margins weren't clear enough so had a second but a second biopsy showed anothe tumor so had a mastectomy and expander reconstruction in november
Bilateral mastectomy November 7, 2011. I chose this route because my sister died from breast cancer and I didn't want to risk having it return to the other breast. I also had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Side effects = more pain and discomfort for longer than I'd like. It interferes with every aspect of my life.
Lumpectomy, lymphnode removal. Still numb after all these years and swelling.
Lumpectomy after surgery, lymph node removal on 9/10/11, not much pain
Bilateral lumpectomy on June 24, 2009 with lymph node removal for testing.
Lateral Mastectomy & lymph nodes removed on left side June 6, 2011.
Mastectomy with reconstruction - march 3, 2017. No major side effects except the usual recovery period
Mastectomy rightside april 27,2017

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 a candidate for surgery because of location
Surgery for fracture of femur
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
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.
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.
Thorax Pain
Surgery is not an option at this point for me
lower left lobe of lung removed plus 15 lymph nodes, 2 of which were positive
Right lower lobectomy, 1997; left upper lobectomy 2007.
left upper lobe removed 5/21/2013 by VATS, still deal with some pleural effusion but other than that completely healed
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!!
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.
removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.
1998 2/3 left lung removed nerve damage
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.
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
2/2018 RT upper Lobectomy-VATS ; Pneumonia, Acute Respitory Failure
lymph node removel
Hysterectomy 2009
I had my left upper lung removed March 4, 2013 via VATS at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Side effects? Well, not sure where to start. Fatigue for sure. What the medical community would call being 'uncomfortable'. And grateful. So grateful to have the tumor gone.
Remove her right lung
lobectomy 9/24/09,massive infection removal & lobectomy 11/3/09
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
Not yet
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

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.

Bone Aspiration 7/16/12. Double Port insertion 7/30/12. Rod insertion in right humerous after break at tumor 8/6/12.
Luckily they only shaved a small portion of my hair, as I my son was getting married 5 weeks after surgery!
1/1/2015 lymph node removed from neck. Messed up my shoulder.
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!
two sergical biopsys, breast lumpectomy
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.
Lymph Node Removal for biopsy 1-16-15; port placed 1-22-15; Bone Marrow Biopsy 1-23-15
Lymph node biopsy.
Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
Dec 19th 2008 lymph node removal for biopsy, bone marrow biopsy.
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
Sept. 2015 lymph node removal. Extra copy of MYC gene but not true "double hit" / BCL2 positive - aggressive, therefore treating with EPOCH.
Lymph node removal in leg
tumor biopsy, pleural effusion: liquid drained from lung, pump put on my heart to drain fluid
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.
December 16, 2010 removal of enlarged lymph node on the lower left side of my neck, just above the collar bone
Port placement
Mediastinoscopy Port Placement
Lymph node removal and biopsy 3 bone marrow biopsies
sorry dont know all the terminology,here in the uk we are not as informed,by the doctors,lymph gland removed by surgery,just the normal side effects from minor sugery
Numbness around chin
4/9/13 splenectomy - laparoscopic spleen removal surgery wasnt to bad, overnight stay recovery painful.. still in the healing healing process.
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.
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.
removal of lymph node for dx

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.

Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Left Nephrectomy, nearby lymph nodes, part of rib, March 2nd 2011 44 Staples, 8 days in hospital, 6 weeks low activity 0 lifting
da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.
Removal of kidney (radical nephrectomy), November 2007.
March 23 2010, 5 hours and hurt like hell, still going thu alot of changes in my stomach and tastebuds,
I had a radical nephrectomy and resection of affected areas of my diaphragm and liver on October 10, 2010.
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).
November 10,2010. Had the options of 1) Thermal/cryo ablation (probes that heat/freeze the mass) 2) Laproscopic Partial Nephrectomy 3) Robotic (Davinci) Partial Nephrectomy 4) open partial or full nephrectomy. I chose the Davinci and was very happy with the results.
Radical nephrectomy right, 02/02; lumpectomy chest, 11/07; partial nephrectomy left, 02/11; lumpectomy abdomen and bowel resection, 02/14
radical nephrectomy on Nov. 29, 2010
will be parascopy
Removed left kidney
Removed mass from kidney on 3/25
Cryosurgery to kidney
Left nephrectomy
Open partial right kidney removal March 10th, 2011. Recovery has been great but stint has migrated into my partial kidney and will be removed May 5th. Stint removal on May 31st, lots of cramping the day of and back pain. Glad it's out.
Surgery to remove kidney. A lot of pain.
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!
no surgery
Radical laparoscopic nephrectomy (left) on January 3, 2019
July 2014 left kidney removed with adrenal gland. July 2016 pancreas tail and spleen removed
Robotic partial nephrectomy July 2010.
Nephrectomy on left left kidney laparoscopically
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.

Pancreatic Cancer Surgeries

What Pancreatic Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

whipple june 3,2015
The pain I see him go threw... It just about kills me...
Bile duct stent on 5/1/14
Distal Pancreatectomy July 29, 2011
Whipple procedure 12/01/2015. No side effects really at all. I was extremely lucky. I was off work for three months and now just about back to normal.
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!
May 5, 2017. Hospitalized for 6 days. Came home with tubes, drains and a feeding tube.
Feb 1, 2016
Inoperable
surgery not an option
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
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.
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.
2 months of treatment going on now before surgery is set.
Had Whipple surgery done on 2/15
Non operable
Distal Pancreatonomy
5 hour operation
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.
Not possible
Biliary Stent- April 2014
Whipple surgery : 18 December 2018 Bile duct stent : 24 May 2018
Had the whipple procedure performed 12/11
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 4/27/2011

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.

Complete debulking and 2 laperoscopies
Jan 23, 2004 and June 29, 2004. Infection, hernia, bed sores and alot of pain.
Laprascopic Salpingo Oopherectomy on 12/26/11. Couldn't use abdominal muscles after surgery so needed help getting up, walking, using the restroom etc. Pain in abdomen with bleeding from belly button incision put me back in the ER a week later.
I've had one surgery. Can't imagine there would be much need to do another... they removed just about everything including my appendix (smile).
2/16/05 - Left Ovary, falopian tube, pelvic tissue, lymph nodes removed Side effects, horrible scar, numb skin. 9/24/08 - full hysterectomy
Removal of my right ovary / tumour - 6-8 week recovery before chemo
Jan 14 2016,
Removal of left ovary 06/2007... (Football sized dysgerminoma tumor located on left ovary which grew all the way around healthy ovary) 6 inch incision on lower abdomen.
Laparoscopy 3/4/09. Anticipated debulking surgery will be July 2009 after 6 rounds of chemo.
Had exploratory laporatomy on 1/3/12 - removed omentum and multiple lymph nodes. No further evidence of cancer was found!
9/1/17 radical laparotomy removal of uterus,ovarie, debunking, omentum/ nil side effects
Right ovary removal on Oct 8th. Maybe more, won't know till after surgery.
October 2009--unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
Laparoscopy - 12/21/16
I've had 3 surgeries total. The 1st was laproscopic when they discovered I didn't have endometriosis, what they originally thought I had. That's when they discovered that the 2 huge tumors were either cancerous or pre-cancerous. On the 2nd surgery they removed the 2 tumors and managed to save my ovaries, but the patholgy sent to Johns Hopkins came back showing a 6 mm invasive carcinoma in my right ovary, and the left ovary had a micro-invasive tumor. On January 29th, 2007, I had a total ovarian hysterectomy.
11/18/08
Hair loss, weakness, weight loss, nausea, neuropathy
TAHBSO and section of supraclavicular lymph node on July 25th, 2011; emergency flap craniotomy (brain surgery) Jan 30, 2016
August 2007, September 2008, October 2009
9/1/05 Full Hyster, Omentum, Appendix, etc. 4/22/06 Diaphgram muscle lining peeled off, microscopic cancer found at that gime (after 8 rounds of chemo).
I had 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.
Everything female down there taken..Delivered a 9 pound tumor as well.
Left ovary and Fallopian tube removed. Post surgery abdominal pain and fatigue.
removal of avaries (had had hysterectomy in 1981 but they left both ovaries at that time), omentum, several lymph nodes, Jan. 31, 2006. Optimum debulking. Surgical scar runs from just above pubic bone to just under breasts. Gyn/Onc told me I had an enormous omentum, much larger than "normal", making the huge scar necessary for complete removal. She installed an InterPeritoneal Port for IP chemo at the time of the surgery. Had serious pain for weeks following surgery; also had 2 pulmonary emboli as a result of surgery, requiring treatment with Warfarin. Because of PEs, chemo was delayed 2 weeks.
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.

Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

G-Tube Placement
9/06 - Thyroidectomy - right vocal cord paralysis
Total thyroidectomy on 14th of June. Surgery went for almost 4 hours. Not any major side effects. Just some pain in throat and difficulty speaking and eating.
Surgery was close to 6 hours. They removed the thyroid and 26 lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. The surgery was June of 2011. The recovery was not as bad as I thought is was going to be. I spent 2 nights in the hospital. The one big negative was that I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
SURGERY ON JUNE 13 2011, HAD PARALYZED VOCAL CHORD AFTER SURGERY WITH POSSIBLE CHRONIC VOICE HOARSENESS AND SOMETIMES VOICE LOSS.
Complete thyroidectomy September 9, 2009
Thyroidectomy with neck dissection scheduled May 9, 2011
Total Thyroidectomy, March 15, 2005, excessive calcionemia which extended hospital stay by 3 days.
Just had surgery on October 12th,2011 and the scar is pretty big but worth it.
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.
RT thyroidectomy/isthmusectomy 9.25.2015 Sore throat for a couple days, killer neck ache in my back from the way your body is positioned on the operating table
Thyroidectomy scheduled for 3-31-15
February 28, 2014
Hemithyroidectomy on January 3, 2011 revealed papillary carcinoma. Capsular invasion was noted on the pathology report as well as extension into the adiopse tissue. Also noted was cancer extension into the "inked margins" of the specimen. During the surgery, they also removed a 1cm parathyroid follicular adenoma. Second surgery to remove the remaining lobe scheduled for March 25.
Right hemithyroidectomy
4/27/10: Fine needle biopsy of lump 6/04/10: Total thyroidectomy
Right Lobectomy Nov 3/08 - 6 cm tumour removed More surgery Nov 26/08 for the left side
Bilateral neck dissection 4/2/09. Minimal side effects; just a continuous itch in my throat that is only relieved with continuous coughing.
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.
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.
Went in April (2011) for thyroidectomy. Previous biopsy showed no cancer but path report came back positive.
Thyroidectomy, October 5th / 2011.
Right lobectomy In February 2011. Tumors were benign, but thyroid was cancerous. Complete thyroidectomy and neck dissection on March 17, 2011 showed that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Really tired and sore, hot flashes, but mostly just really tired. I'm now off of my medds and on the no sodium torture dietawaiting RAI treatment at the end of the month!
Thyroidectomy, May 21, 2014
Completed thyroidectomy on 2/24/10 was a breeze. Vocal chord damage.

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.

Surgery on 9/9/16, no side affects except numb and itchy incision site
Biopsy 2/15/08 Partial tumor extraction 5/15/08
I have had two craniotomy's. The first was just after diagnosis on 10/02/2012 and the second was after they found a recurrence and was performed on 03/05/2014
07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
2/10/2018 brain surgery on right front lob area
Surgery performed on 3/2/07 - full tumor was removed and biopsied. It came back maligant, GBM WHO Stage 4, which is terminal within a few months.
Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer
3 surgeries- right parietal lobe
Craniatomy May 2011
Inoperable
Surgery: Craniotomy at Right Temporal Love for full tumour removal Date: October 21, 2010 Hospital Stay: 4 days Side Effects: Initially the pressure in my head was really bad but that was due to swelling of the brain from surgery and I was on steroids to control that. The steroids that I was on however gave me major hallucinations to the point that I tried escaping the hospital on one occassion. This of course was controlled by a dosage change when it was brought to the attention of my attending physicians. 4 months post surgery:I still get horrible headaches. I find that it hurts to lay back and put full pressure on my head at night and many mornings I wake up with headaches. I was informed that this is normal and will last for some time so really you just have to learn some coping techniques to get by. I sometimes still get what I call "skull pain" that feels like there is pressure around where the incision was but that again is normal. 6 months post surgery: I am no longer getting headaches and only get a pressure behind my right eye when the Barometric pressure changes.
Needle biopsy of brain tumor. I chose to stay awake during the procedure.
Biopsy done and shes never been the same. Not a candidate for recession
Gross total resection on nov 29,2013- fatigue, shaved head on the right side
My tumor is inoperable since it's in the middle of my thalmus. There had trouble just getting the biopsy.
Tumour Resection & Craniotomy - November 25, 2011 - She stuttered, eyes weak and struggled with walking Central Venous Line Insertion - Dec. 16
2 brain surgeries. mediport. spinal catheter. feeding tube. lung cath.
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.
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..
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 - 11/22/11 - Surgical staple dropped into 3rd ventricle Came out of biopsy surgery with complete left sided paralysis.
There were 2 options per the Neurosurgeon. 1) Do a craniotomy and try to get most of it out 2) biopsy / shunt. Because my Father is 80 yrs old, he was a high risk. We as a family opt for #2 then proceed with chemo/rad.
spinal fluid re-routed in brain
Oct 8th 2008 Reading Pa Sept 23rd 2009 Balt MD
Oct 06, left-frontal lobe. I had a lot of problems but the one I will shake my head about is: the doc shaved my head. Before going into surgery. he said he would only shave where he was cutting. When I woke up, I found he shaved half of my head. I had long hair! The major side effect is: I now have major headaches. I am in pain every single day! It is never ending. At night time, it is even worse.

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.

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)
My first surgery was Friday the 13th in August of 2010, was a 9 hour surgery and my doctor really screwed me up other than he did get the tumor. He also cut my uterers. those are the tube that run from your Kidney to your bladder. Well now mine are cut...and I have a left and right nephrostomy. Thats how I urinate..it sucks .. I tell everyone to call me the bag lady. I have 2 nephrostomies and a colostomy! I also supposidly had my umbilical hernia fixed and a hysotrectomy. In November of 2011 I had my umbilical hernia really fixed...had a colostomy rivision and had my right nephorostomy installed for lack of a better word.I had the suregery in 2011 done in Dallas..had great doctores!
colon resection March 2nd.
Open surgery, removed lymph nodes, resected sigmoid, removed some of small intestine, removed gall bladder, resected liver
surgery dec 14, 2008
Colonoscopy August 12th 2010,hemicolectomy surgery August 28th 2010, septic infection August 31st 2010, colosotomy, and several infections to follow.Porta-cath Oct 13th 2010. Too many CT's to count. Started Chemo October 19th 2010. Reconnection MAY 2011.
Inoperable at present
Emergency colostomy on 9/11/09. No real side effects other than the basic lifestyle changes that a colostomy can bring.
AS of March, "14, colon surgery, removed 1/3 of colon and part of small intestine, also removed carcinoid tumor
Robotic Bowel resection 11/24/2015, Ileus 11/29/2015
No major surgeries as of yet. Had a malignant polyp surgically removed in 2006, port placement after diagnosis, ablation on liver tumor. I am waiting to find out about a possible resection in my rectum.
2/16/2011 - Removal of the appendix, ascending colon, and terminal ileum. Removal of omentum on right side, and 41 lymph nodes. 08/04/2011 - removal of gallbladder and discovery of more cancer 3/30/2011 - Port placement in right upper chest. 4/27/2011 - Surgery for necrotic ulcer and perirectal abscess 5/12/2011 - Removal of compromised port. Placement of new port in upper left chest. 5/26/2011 - Removal of infected port (L) and debridement of necrotic tissue surrounding. Port will not be replaced.
colon resection Dec 9, 2010 - Radiation and chemo were not in the picture. Once they did the surgery then it was told that I would need radiation as my resection was just on the cuff of being close to the rectum. Then the lymph nodes came back (2 out of 16) positive for cancer. It all changed...then chemo came into the picture.
12" transverse colon resection (nov 07) IVC filter placed (jan 08)
believed they removed cancer during colonoscopy
laparoscopically assisted sigmoid colectomy 6/26/09
laparoscopically assisted sigmoid colectomy 5/11/09, successful, home in 4 days, no ill effects so far
Successful removal of tumor and affected lymph nodes
I will find out at the end of this month whether my doctor will operate to remove the rectal tumour. I guess it depends on the prognosis for the lung cancer. Surgery will result in a permanent colostomy however it should give me a better quality of life.
October- low anterior resection Spring- ileostomy reversal
from Oct. 2004 to July 2009 I have had 3 colon surgeries, now there is nothing left, a total hysterectomy and my gallbladder removed. I have had more colonoscopies than I can count...and have had two port-a-caths in and out.
Laparotomy to shift the ovaries.Resection of the tumor and installation of stoma.Multiple surgeries because of an abscess between rectum and spine and also rectovaginal fistulas. Last surgery happened to be removement of the stoma.
Colon resection and they took my ovaries alsono rad 10/07 was in hospital for 8 days, ICU for 4.One day after I came home incision opened.
Cl12 inches of colon and kidney removed
11/15/2011 - resection surgery (LAR), supracervial hysterectomy, oopherectomy. No side effects/no pain. All cancer was removed. 01/10/2012 - port inserted for IV Chemo. No side effects. 04/09/2012 - Kidney stone removal surgery. 10/03/2012 - ileostomy reversal. All went well.

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.

Radical trechelectomy with lymph node removal on January 21, 2010. Slight nausea for the first three days. Definitely should not have sneezed on the 10th day. Hysterectomy, appendectomy, ovary transposition, and repositioning of bowel fat pad on March 11, 2010. Some acid reflux at 48 hour mark, but I feel better overall after this second surgery.
Radical hysterectomy. Jan 2013
Hysterectomy, 11/05/15
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.
I had a radicl hysterectomy on October 28th. The gas pains were the worst part of all. My tummy was very bloated for about 2 weeks. I just tried to walk every day to the end of my street and back to get moving again. The pain from surgery was not bad itwas just he gas.
leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.
Radical Trachlectomy May 18, 2011 with lymphnode disection April 4th D&C, with Cone bx
LEEP Procedures, Biopsies
Surgery was not an option
9/10/18
Colposocopy May 2009, LEEP June 2009: Extremely painful getting the painkiller shots (aparently I have a sensitive cervix). The recouperation was fine but I asked for pain meds and that helped sleep it off. Just a suggestion. Cone Biopsy July 2009: Opted to 'go under' this time and it went fine. If you have good insurance and are considering it I reccomend it. I woke up, went home, slept a lot and was back to normal within a couple days.
Colposcopy May 09 - two biopsies were taken, one was normal, one was moderate to severe. Cone biopsy of the cervix- Aug 14, 2009
26th November 2010, Hysterectomy, including removal of ovaries. Wind Pain and constipation biggest complication.
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
Not an option......
DaVinci Robot Assisted Radical Hysterectomy and Bilateral Lymphadenectomy (kept both ovaries). 5 incisions in abdomen, little pain, quick recovery (up walking around that night and home the next day). Only took pain medicine for 3 days. The biggest nuisance was the catheter. I had a UTI (urinary tract infection) with bladder spasms 5 days after my surgery. Once the catheter was removed and antibiotics started, I felt much better. Went back to work 5 weeks after surgery. Some right front thigh numbness and annoying, dull ache were lymph nodes were removed. No complaints!
LEEP (2003), cone biopsy (2003, 2004)
5/5/12 radical robotics assisted (Davinci) hysterectomy (kept my ovaries).
laporoscopy to remove lymph nodes caused dead legs.....
Radical hysterectomy with bilateral limphadenectomy
12/2008- Cervical Cone Biopsy - Carcinoma in Situ (Stage O) with Clear Margins 02/2011- DaVinci (Robotic Asssisted) Total Hysterectomy- Found tumor of at least 1.6 in size. Radical parametrectomy, upper vaginectomy, total bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection, transposition of bilateral tubes and ovaries. Small Bowel Obstruction Nov. 2011
Robotic assisted radical trachelectomy, lymph node dissection, staging, bilateral ureteral stent placement & removal and cystoscopy (April 28th, 2011)
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 )
I did 6 wks chemo and five weeks radiation. I had to do radiation every weekday for five weeks. I did chemo five times, it was every Monday for three hours. I would not do the port they put in your chest, I took and Iv in the arm. They gave me two bags saline solution, one bag steroid and one bag of the chemo drug cisplatin.
smit sleeve for brachytherapy (internal radiation); Port placement (power port); lymph node removal for biopsy in Aug 2014

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.

Excision Surgery and further examination. Margings were clear so no Chemo for me! Tons of pain after surgery. Getting better every day.
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.
Porta Cath inserted.....soreness for about 10 days
1/22/10: Outpatient surgery biopsy of anal canal and diagnosis; 2/4/10: Outpatient surgery colonoscopy; 2/5/10: Outpatient surgery place Medport; 2/9/10: Transvaginal CT scan of pelvis; 2/26/10: Primary - blood work, antibiotics, vitamin levels; 4/15/10: Surgeon followup; 4/26/10: Gastro followup; 6/1/10: Ultrasound with contrast of pelvis; 6/16/10: Outpatient surgery Ultrasound with contrast of pelvis; 7/16/10: Gynocology consult at Primary concerning possible perforation; 7/21/10: Venogram of Medport blockage; 8/4/10: CT scan with contrast of pelvis; 8/6/10: Outpatient surgery biopsy of anal canal; 8/26/10: Surgeon followup - NED.
After a negative biopsy during a colonoscopy (3-2018), went in for surgery to have the lesion removed...another biopsy of the removed tissue showed it was cancer. I bounced back from the lesion removal surgery pretty quick.
1st surgery 2 years ago non cancerous, 2nd last year noncancerous. now 8-11 anal cancer. pet scan sched for 8-17
Left 2 nodes removed one broke during removal
2 biopsies on inguinal lymph node.
Separate cancer found in petscan. Stage 1 endometrial. Had a da Vinci total hysterectomy on January 30, 2012. Began std protocol for AC on Feb 20, 2012, (21 days after surgery). I was up walking that night after surgery and back doing my 3 miles a day in a week or so.
09/2006 – My first head CT showing 3.4cm X 2.9 tumor in my head 09/2006 – Surgery to remove tumor through mouth 06/2007- Surgery to remove tumor through nose and mouth 08/2009- Embolism surgery for Giant Cell Granuloma in head (x2) 09/2009 – facial degloving and attempt to remove Giant Cell 08/2010- Anorectum Ansocopy and removal of Squamous Cell 09/2010- Removal of upper right jaw and remaining sinus to remove Granuloma 10/2010 – One more surgery scheduled on my anus exterior and interior to remove cancerous cells
Portacath implanted Nov 15, 2013.
August 2013. Plan: Excision of carcinoma, as well as razor slice of sphincter and cauterization of two other dysplasia sites . Proposed Side effects: some leakage and a lot of pain in the ass. Preparation for surgery: Probiotics, alkaline diet, cleansing fast. Post surgery: sitz baths, narcotics, analgesic gel, metamucil. Summary: a royal pain in the ass
Surgery Feb 2013.
Port placement Nov. 22, 2011
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.
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.
Full APR, Hysterectomy at the same time, lymph node removal
November 13th, 2009 - colostomy surgery - temporary if chemo/rad treatments are successful
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.
July 25 2017. Removal of what was thought to be a benign anal growth. I expect some degree of soreness will be permanent.
Tumor excision 7/31/15
4-5-2017 Anal tumer removed, 4 mos late, more bleeding and pain
Surgery set for January 2010, complete removal of rectal arrea,as well as all lymph nodes, and permanent colostomy due to location of tumor.
Not sure what the chemo meds are called. No surgery yet.
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.

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.

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.
Husband found lump on neck 11/08. Jerked around by ENT surgeon for 6mths. 6/29/09 lump,diagnosed as a branchial cleft cyst, was removed. The cyst was actually a lymph node and they removed a 2nd cyst Still has 2x3cm tumor on base of tongue.
2002, Radical neck surgery, removal of 15 lymph nodes: two were cancerous, removal of right tonsil, and cleaned upper palate and around tonsil area. Pain in right side of neck to this day, and shoulder and neck deformed. Pain in the neck and shoulder bad when cold weather and air hits the area.
Biopsy showed cancer right soft palate. Radical Neck Dissection 06/07/2010. Extreme pain. 2 of the 32 Lymphnodes show cancer and 1 lympnode show cancer broke out of the lymphnode. Biopsy of the sternum 01/2011.
tonsillectomy 09/09/08 bilateral neck dissetion after chemo and radiation completed
For details see my posting.
Tonsillectomy - 11/14/11 - extreme sore throat, difficulty swallowing. Partial neck dissection 4/4/12 - removed cancerous lymph node (there were no remaining active cancer cells) and surrounding lymph nodes (all clean).
left tonsil and part of mass removed on December 4, 2015
Biopsy done August 28th/09 Quadroscopy and biopsies November 27 Feb. 18, 2010 Major 21 hr combination surgeries with complications
Left tonsil removed on 10/12/11
Tonsillectomy April 2012 PEG tube fitted April 2012
neck resection and removal of 55 glands of which 4 lymph nodes were cancerous but luckily encapsulated
Tonsillectomy with neck dissection Oct. 26, 2009 Rare complication of Chyllous leakage. Second surgery to repair leak Nov. 13, 2009
Tonsillectomy - 12/10/10 Modified Neck Dissection - 12/27/10
Removed left tonsil and hen egg size tumor from behind and above tonsil on March 8,2011. I was sent home on the next day, with medications for infection and pain. the area around surgery was painful, but meds helped. after 8 days I stopped using pain meds. I notice more than the normal amount of mucus in my mouth. When I looked in the mirror, I was surprised to see the big hole in the left side of the roof of my mouth. It is now March22 and depression has hit, I know that I have been told that its curable and treatable, I am wondering what all of these life changing experiences are that I keep hearing my Dr speak about. Going tomorrow to a consult with medical people about chemo and radiation. I have an upcoming PET scan.
Tonsils removed 6/4/09. Didn't expect cancer.
still to come
Bilateral tonsillectomy, esophagoscopy, bronchoscopy, and biposies all done 9 Jan 2012. Recovered in 10 days
Surgery (radical tonsillectomy and neck dissection to remove 5 lymph nodes) was performed October 20, 2009 at Loyola University Medical Center. Two lymph nodes were cancerous, one with extra capsular extensions.
Tonsillectomy
Right tonsil has Squamous Cell carcinoma, Left Tonsil is clear. Some cancer noted on basil of tongue.
Neck Dissection
2/20/12 Tonsillectomy confirmed SCC, primary tumor 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.6cm. Surgeon is comfortable with margin taken and is convinced he got the entirety of the primary. Already met with Oncology dentist. My teeth are fine and nothing has to go.
8/7/12-tonsilectomy and biopsies of throat and tongue; throat & tongue NED; cancer in left tonsil; 8/29/12-lymph node removal; one lymph node positive, others NED.
Ill have to gather the dates but i had these in this order: tonsillectomy, port placement, feeding tube placement, feeding tube replacement twice. After a recovery period i had a radical neck dissection on the right side.

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.

Complete hystrectomy on 12/3/2010 with removal of 11 lymph nodes Vaginal cuff recurrence 3/2011-metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma
I will receive Hysterectomy after Chemo is complete
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.
total Hysterectomy
myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later
Complete hysterectomy including ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes and cervix
Surgery was excellent no side effects and minimal scar
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.
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
Total hysterectomy June 13, 2009
Complete laproscopic hysterectomy on 3/15/11. No noticable side effects yet.
January 29, 2014; few side effects
Ex lap with excision of tumor, which had grown around nerves and blood vessels
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!
Jan.31, 2011 Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy - non-laproscopic - vertical incision
Lap + vaginal removal of uterus. 6 wks to recover. My surgeon is fantastic!
Davinci total hysterectomy Oct 11, 2010. None so far
May 17, 2011--Radical Hysterectomy(DaVinci)surprise abdominal hernia repair Recovered well from both. I developed a seroma behind my largest incision Memorial Day weekend and leaked like a faucet for 5 days. Sent from urgent care to ER. No infection, just an annoyance.
6/24/09 ROBOTIC HYSTORECTOMY not too bad..pain pills take away pain i was up and walking in 24 hours ..was told 4 days after bladder was nicked and that was more of a problem than anything else..HEALED IN 28 DAYS bowels were working in 4 days...some gas and discomfort before a movement but livable EXACTLY 5 WEEKS LATER I FELT PERFECT...
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.
Hysterectomy with bso June 25, 2010. Laproscopic surgery. Lymph node dissection. Surgeon said he thought they caught it early, as in most cases. Pathology came back July 6. Stage IIIC2 with positive nodes in pelvis & periaoritic. Seriously? Yes :(
No issues.
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
Jan 2009- no side effects

Sarcoma Cancer Surgeries

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

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.
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.
2/20/17 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
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.
May 2010 - Initial surgery; Aug 2010 - re-resectional surgery Aug 2010 - Limb sparing surgery or limb-salvage surgery.
2 craniotomies
Had surgery 2013. Half of right lung removed, 18 lymph node removed. Upper back pain. Shortness of breath.
August 2017 after radiation therapy
Craniotomy-2016, Thoracotomy (left)-2015, Thoracotomy (right)-2015, Thoracotomy/Lobectomy (right)-2014, Wedge Resection (primary tumor-right leg)-2013
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 %.
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...
Resection by a certified Orthopedic Oncologist, Dr. Earl W. Brien. Amazing doctor and friend!
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 to remove tumor on 10/17/14
Removed the tumor in October 2010. Removed everything they could see or touch. He has been NED ever since.
Bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the tumor in my chest
June 2012: Full tumor resection with clear, negative margins from the right parapharynx
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy Surgery, Bilateral Salpingectomy, Laparotomy February 5th, 2016 March 9th/ 2017 - Removal of leison
Coming Soon...
Lesion removal- 3/30/2017 Lymphnode removal on left side- 5/22/2017
August, 2016 March, 2017 July, 2017
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
Had chin and jaw reconstructed. 3/4 of tongue removed and rebuilt with fat from my back. 3 lymph nodes removed.
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!
Shoulder Replacement Right Lung Wedge Resection

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.

Biopsy
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.
Lymph nodes removed for biopsy in May and June 2014.
Removal of one axillary lymph node on May 17, 2010, for biopsy.
bronchotomy in June 2010: tenderness near incision and scar.
Traciodomy- collapsed lung
Biopsy of smaller lump in my neck.
20th December, 2014. CT Guided Biopsy. 24th December, 2014. Bone Marrow Biopsy. 1st July, 2015. Mini Sternotomy (biopsy). Performed to determine if cancer had mutated into another type. It remained HL. 13th July, 2015. Laparoscopy of Ovary (Fertility Preservation). 20th July, 2015. PICC line Inserted. 1st September, 2015. Insertion of Hickman Line. (Stemcell Collection) 5th September, 2015. Insertion of Central Line. Inserted to replace Hickman line as it had fallen into the right ventricle of the heart. 14th September, 2015. Insertion of Apheresis Catheter into Femoral Vein (groin). (Used for stemcell collection).
Lymph node remove from my neck and Port surgery
Surgical Removal on Feb 14th of 4cm neck mass in lymph node. Confirmd Hodgkin's
Lymph Node Biopsy
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..
Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
lump removed on right side of neck 08/15/11
Oct. 18, 2010- medi-port
Bipsopy, anterior mediastinotomy. Feb 2011
Lymph node removal, Portacath placement and removal
amount of air i could take in and cardio
Excisional Biopsy of lymphnode.
Thoracotomy, on my birthday. I felt like I'd been caught in a bear trap.
late may - biopsy june 7 - port
Lymph node extraction (left armpit); 07/22/2014
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.
Thoracotomy 7/91 Thoracotomy 8/92 Thoracotomy 9/92
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.

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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