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My first surgery was on September 22, 2005 where I had a lump in my breast removed. I got the call on September 26th that is was cancerous. My second re-excision surgery was on October 5th. The cancer reoccurred and was found on May 29, 2009. I am scheduled to have a mastectomy on Thursday June 11, 2009.
Bilateral Mastectomy 2-8-06
I had a modified radical mastectomy on May 24, 1990. I didn't have any side effects. No pain pills needed at all.
Left mastectomy - January 19, 2005
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
Lumpectomy with node removal on 7/3/2006.
Mastectomy and reconstruction for left side. Breast lift for right. I had the latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction. I had an expander put in because I was going to have radiation. This surgery was October of 2004.Later, I had the implant put in. That was January of 2006. I think having the muscle in my back redirected to make a pouch for my implant was more painful than the mastectomy.
I opted for a lumpectomy, mainly because I didn't want to lose my hair! Since the cancer was agressive and had traveled to my lymph nodes (7 out of 12), I went through chemo and lost my hair anyway. The surgery was October 2002. I had an emergency surgery to install a medi-port after the second chemo treatment because my veins went on strike. Next up: oophrectomy. They removed my ovaries. Oh to be in menopause at age 40. Is it hot in here to you?
March 28 2010 left Breast left the building.
1/24/07 - Lump was removed and biospied 2/13/07 - Lumpectomy with axillary disection
All went well.
Mastecomy (2001) Back surgery (2006)
I had a biospy first & it turned out positive of cancer. I then had another surgery, to check the lymph nodes, thank God, they were neg., after that one I got staff infection & boy it was worst pain than the surgery itself. I was on 1000 mg of infection for almost 2 wks. Well, after I found out I had cancer, I was in shock for around a mon. or so, so were my parents, we could not look at each other without crying. It felt like I had been given a death sentence. You know, when you hear the big "C" word, everyone thinks, the big "D" word & I'm here to tell you, it's not always true. Then one day I was talking to a friend & she told me, Denise, you have to take hold of this thing & show it your not a quiter. That your gonna fight this with all you got, cause if you don't, it'll take you over & it will win. Well, needless to say, something just clicked & I woke up & from then on I fought this thing & 3 years later, here I am.
Lumpectomy with clear margins, 15 lymph nodes removed with 9 showing cancer cells. CT Scans done and showed NO signs of spreading.
from 6/06 to 8/06 I had 3 surgerys one to remove the cancers for bio. the another to remove tissue and limpnodes and one to put a port in for chemo
December 2, 2003, bi-lateral mastectomy. Lymphedema.
3 biopsies, double mastectomey, node disecction
July 28, 2006 - Partial Mastectomy with lymph node removal. Aug. 28, 2006 - Port Placement in left arm.
March 5 /02 was scheduled for a lumpectomy which was not successful waited till March 8th to be told I had cancer and that was on the telephone. March 11/02 I had a mastectomy.
Core needle biopsy on August 7, 2007. Pathology report confirmed cancer August 9, 2007. Sentinel node biopsy and lumpectomy August 17, 2007. 1.9cm tumor removed with clean edges. No lymph node involvement.
Double breast surgery June 19, 2007 with 34 lymph nodes removed. 31 were positive.
Lumpectomy. Node dissection.
Left mastectomy and sentinal node biopsy, August 8, 07. Muscular and nerve pain, depression, headaches, lymphedema, sleep loss, major loss of confidence.
Lumpectomy and ancillary dissection: right breast in 1991, left breast in 1992. Lung biopsy in 2002. No significant side effects with breast surgeries, lung biopsy was difficult and I had problems healing.
Left Mastecomy 9/25/07. Recovering really wasn't that bad. The node procedure was worse with recovery.
12/12 Mastectomy, with 29 cancerous lymphs removed Reconstructive surgery immediately following (TRAM flap)
Oct 3rd/07 Lumpectomy,sentinial node disection(none envolved)
they put the blue dye in my live diseased breast on 04-26-04, then as they put me to sleep they acccidently gave me a shot of adrenalyn (sp) so I had to redo the blue dye on 04-28-04 on my 18th anniversary after they had checked to make sure there was no cardiac danger.
January 1994 - Stage 2 - Lump was 2.4 cm. - A second 0.3 cm lump found in breast after surgery. Left modified radical mastectomy with removal of 9 lymph nodes...1 (3cm) lymph node positive. ER/PR both positive. November 2005 - Stage 1 - Lump was 1.6 cm. Right modified radical mastectomy with lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy. 2 lymph nodes removed...both clear of cancer. ER negative(1%) and PR positive(7%).
Lumpectomy May 2007. No side effects. Recouperated really well. My scars are barely noticeable. But one breast is slightly smaller. Hard to tell since I am a DD, but I can. UPDATE AUG/08. Can not see the scar, but feel a solid 4" line under my arm where lymph nodes were checked.
lumpectomy and SNB all went well had trouble with drainage and had to have it drained a few times. Now having problem with fluid in breast
I was told today, I must have a rt mastectomy with lymph node resection.
Lumpectomy sentinel lymph node removal - May 8, 2008
Mastectomy on right 8/05 gamma knife on right brain tumor 11/07 removal of right brain tumor 4/28/08
lumpectomy in August, 2007- no complications and no pain
Double mastectomy with tissue expanders placed at surgery. Developed psudemonas twice and had to have right expander removed.
Bilateral masectomy-09/25/07 27 lymph nodes removed-10/29/07 Left expander removed- 11/02/07 Complete hysterectomy-05/05/08 Silicone Implants-04/17/09 Nipples created 06/30/09 Areolas tatooed 10/13/09
Lumpectomy,with sentinal node biopsey followed by re-excession to obtain clear margins.
My Surgery was April 1 and April 3rd. Pretty easy. I was happy to see my breast had not changed because of surgery.
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.
2013-2014: no surgery since mets diagnosis Lumpectomy & Sentinel Node removal . . .April 24, 2008. Most of the pain was from the incision where they took the lymph nodes, it hurt for quite a while. 2nd Surgery . . . May 30, 2008 . . . Lumpectomy Re-do . . . the margins from my first lumpectomy were very small, so they needed to take more tissue. Because I don't have a lot of tissue to take, he had to take extra skin from my breast and some muscle from my chest wall. The worst part about this surgery was the burning I would feel from the muscle behind my breast.
7/10/08--Lumpectomy, 1 sentinel node, and 2 other nodes removed. Nodes were free of cancer.
Jan 2007,Day surgery
Surgery after 4 months of Chemo. Mastectomy on 1-22-2009, followed by 4 more months of Chemo (oral chemo this time around - Xeloda 150mg 16 pills a day) and 40 weeks of Herceptin & 5 weeks of Radiation.
Had my surgery last March 22, 2004 . I had the lumpectomy and negative for my lymph nodes.
Modified Radical Mastectomy with lymph nodes removal in Feb 2009 after 6 months of Chemotherapy. Breast reconstruction planned in 1-2 years.
July 9th 2008 Lumpectomy and Sentinal lymph node removel Numbness in the upper and under arm area
Actually my surgery went really well. I didn't have much pain and went home the next day. Some lymphadema.
surgery was april 4,2008 ,,i didnt have any side effects besides depression
2000 - Mastectomy
Had lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biospy 10/21/08
January 5th 2009 is the date for the new ta ta's!
Went to surg.first & in 1 week I came out of surgery. Quickest thing I have ever heard of. Fla. Drs. don't waste time.
November 14, 2007 I had a lumpectomy, sentinel lymph node removal to see if the cancer spread, thank god, no. For about two weeks after surgery, had difficulty in moving my right arm and fortunately experienced light pain.
mastectomy in 2003 - side effects: ugly reconstructed breast with no feeling
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.
Removal of the mass with good clean margins - aobut 10 cm of tissue in diameter. The surgeon then performed oncoplasty and brought tissue forward from my back (I think) to fill in the gap. My breast looks exactly the same as it did prior to surgery except for the scars. Amazing. Surgery September 24, 2008. It is completely healed, but the scars are still a deep purple color and they are numb.
May '05 right mastectomy 27 lymph nodes & 2 sentinel lymph nodes removed all cancer free...horrible pain for a long time. Discharged from hospital w/2 drains. Was not prepared for this at all!! What a nightmare! Having drains removed was a special event for me! What a strange sensation that was to put it mildly!
May 2008 lump noted by self on right breast...mammogram ordered, ultrasound, biopsy...and finally double mastecomy July 8 2008 with 24 lymph nodes removed
lumpectomy On Sept. 15 2009. Bilateral Salpingo oophorectomy. Pain not too bad went away after a week or so.
Double mastectomy with no reconstruction on August 11, 2009. I had a very good surgical experience. No real side-effects other than some persistent numbness around the two large scars, encompassing my entire chest. I was very fortunate to have been competing in triathlons prior to my surgery - it allowed my body to respond very well.
lumpectomy/lymph node removal April 2nd 2007 Mastectomy 18th April 2007 Numbness under arm and across chest. Pain in my ribs.
Bilateral lumpectomy on June 24, 2009 with lymph node removal for testing.
Lumpectomy Oct. 2004 Chest Tube July 2008 I've had 2 ports- one currently- I had the first one taken out just as soon as we were done with it because it was so tender. The current one doesn't bother me at all, thank goodness.
double mastectomy and reconstruction 1995
1.Radical mastectomy October 24th 2007 Immediate reconstruction October 24th 2007 2.Reconstruction after Capsular Contracture following radiotherapy Jan 2008 3.Reconstruction surgery continued June 2008
Unilateral mastectomy (October 2008) with immediate reconstruction with tissue expander which was replaced with silicone implant July 2009.
Lumpectomy on 7/23/09 no bad side effects from surgery.
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!!
Lumpectomy on Jan 15th,201
1/30/09 surgery to remove as much of a large tumor from thoracic spine and to insert titanium rods for support; I wear a TLSO brace because the back was riddled with lesions that collapsed vertebrae and will unlikely grow back because of the chemo that contributes to more loss of bone.
Had bi-lateral mastectomy. Pretty tough surgery. Had 4 drainage tubes for a week. Most uncomfortable other than surgery site: Had to sleep on my back at a 45 degree angle and I always slept on one of my sides. This lasted about 3 weeks.
Surgery: March 15th...To Be Continued.
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...
2/17/10 - Lumpectomy, Axillary Node Dissection, Medi port 3/10/10 Re-excision
Needle biospy: Tumor too dense Core biospy: Negative results, me: relieved Lumpectomy: Positive, IDC. Mastectomy: 2 extra tumors found, TNBC
Lumpectomy removal one centinal node not positive
Lumpectomy with 2 lymph nodes removed. 4-14-2009. Caused menopause.
Lumpectomy 2010, ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed June 2011, double mastectomy with reconstruction November 2011, lumpectomy with brachytherapy October 2012
Radical Hyst -- May 10th Partial Masectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy--July 19th
Hopefully a lumpectomy after chemo has shrunken the mass; otherwise a mastectomy; reconstructive surgery. Post Op. note: bilateral mastectomy after two attempts at lumpectomy - good thing because undetected cancer was found in both nipples. It's all in a jar now!
Radical Mastectomy in Dec 2000 - couldn't have reconstructive surgery because too many lymph nodes were malignant & had to start immediate aggressive chemotherapy Complete Hysterectomy in Aug 2001 - growths were benign!! Wound Debredment Surgery in July 09 for non-healing wound caused from removing infected medical port. To get this completely healed took more than six months of treatments at the Wound Care Center. It was very painful and worse than chemo side effects.
Nov.10,2009=lumpectomy & removal of 4 lymph glands Nov.23,2009=took more breast tissue margin around the site of the lump & inserted my port-a-cath. I still have some neuropathy around the lymph gland removal site
Just had second surgery recently and a portacat put in. Chemo soon.
Bilateral Mastectomy March 30, 2010 with left breast being prophylactic with immediate reconstruction. After 6 weeks of recovering from the mastectomy, I seen my oncologist and he decided since I was node negative to put me on tamoxifen due to the tumor size being so small plus my receptors were positive which is an aggresive form of cancer. I have been taking tamoxifen for 6 weeks now and feel pretty good, except for constipation and now take two laxative pills daily to help with this and just recently got hives. I am on steroids to get rid of those.
Two major surgery within six months.
Excision 11/2, then re-excision 11/15, then bilateral mastectomy 12/15 when they couldn't get everything. Also had port placement in my left subclavian.
March 09 -lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed. A drain I called wayne came to stay in my body for a week. We didn't get on .
April 7, 2010 day surgery. No side effects. I went on a short shopping trip April 8th.
lumpectomy feb 2009 super surgery i put lavender on it hemp oil asap
1/4/11 - Lumpectomy. Had 3 lymph nodes taken out. Lymph nodes negative and had clear margins. Scars were minimal and healing was suprisingly very easy. The worst part about the whole surgery process was the injection of the radioactive substance the put in through my nipple as they "thought" I was numb enough to administer it. It was EXTREMELY painful!
surgery after chemo july 21st, lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy and wires to locate ... not as bad as I thought it would be, less painful following surgery, faster recovery
Partial mastectomy, vertebreaplasty, two times port insertion, lymph nodes removal. Side effects: vertebraeplasty: when it's cold it feels like I have steel in my verterbrae. Lymph node removal: cannot rise my left arm as much as my right one
Had a terible surgeon for my biopsy. Felt my whole biopsy, October 2009, and was in pain for days afterwards. For my lumpectomy, November 2009, changed to Dr. Fine, and my lumpectomy and sentinol node surgery was wonderful. I do have grade 1 lymphodema as a result of my surgery (had nine lymph nodes taken out). January 26 will have ovaries out as I am unable to take tamoxifen.
bilateral mastectomy 10/11/2010- surgery went well, no complications