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Breast Cancer Surgeries

Lumpectomy, Re-excision Surgery, Lymph Node Removal, Mastectomy, Reconstructive Surgery, Oophorectomy, Hysterectomy, Tonsillectomy, Thyroidectomy, Colorectal Surgery

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

only removal of my ovaries
Had a mastectomy on July 30,2010. About 2 weeks after diagnoses.
11/22/2010 - bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders. 4/21/2011 - swap out surgery for implants 9/29/2011 - revision surgery to left side
8/19/10 - Right breast needle localization lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy (10 lymph nodes examined--all negative)
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.
too many surgeries. Since my recent diagnosis Feb 2, 2010 I have not had any surgeries. Nothing left to remove.
I was lucky that I only had to wait about one week to have surgery. It was so disappointing to know that I would have to have chemo. I woke up with the tube under my arm and knew that meant lymph nodes and chemo. Can't I do anything easy?
Dec 10, 2010: Lumpectomy, breast reduction Side effects: Pain, can't pick up anything over ten lbs, I don't have to cook or clean house and walk dogs.
Lumpectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy scheduled for December 9th
Lymph node biopsy August 20, 2010, left a big ole scar! No more BP or needles in this arm!
May 2010 lumpectomy June 2010 port inserted
December 17, 2008
Bilateral Mastectomy with reconstruction (latissimus dorsi/tissue expanders) in four weeks, then another surger in around 4 months to have my expanders removed and permanent implants put in.
Lumpectomy and nodal dissection Sept 24, 2009. No side effects other than drainage and mooshed up boobs from the bandages.
Mastectomy 1/2011 Nodual removed part of tyroid takem in 1974 the rest takem out 1996 ROI 3 months later
sentinel lymphnode biopsy 9/10 mastectomy 2/2/11 with lymphnode removal and reconstruction started
Bilateral Mastectomy and Recon not determined
Biopsy was the most painful surgery, including my mastectomy.
June 18th Biospy of right breast. Sore July 29th Biospy of left breast with marker. Sore, exhausted from the long procedure. Next day very painful. January 25th Double mastectomy with tissue expander and DIEP Tram Flap from the back. Also lymph node removal. Pain from the tissue expanders, difficulty moving from the Tram Flap incision. Waiting for date in May for removal of tissue expanders.
Biopsy, mass removed 12-21-10 Sentinal Node Removal, eight nodes, 12-29-10 Port installed, 1-17-11
March 17th, 2011: single mastectomy (skin saving) with immediate reconstruction - silicon implants. Only 2 weeks in, so hard to say! Going well so far...
Had a total mastectomy with 15 lymph nodes removed.Pathology from surgery showed 14 of the lmmph nodes had cancer.
Excisional biopsy of left breast 11/23/10 (1.1cm tumor) Re-excision to get clear margins and do sentinel node biopsy 12/21/10
Partical double mastectomy/lymph nodes removed Dec. 15th, 2010 Where the lymph nodes were removed had fluid build up was very sore.
SURGEY WILL BE 4/14/2011, PARTICAL MAS
Mastectomy with reconstruction 10 years ago when I had breast cancer the first time.
First surgery was in Sept. of 08. Lumpectomy with sentinel node removal and 22 lymph nodes under left arm. This go around was bilateral mastectomy with lymph node removal on right side also. Surgery was Monday April 25. 4 days ago.
double mastectomy on July 28, 2010
5 cycles chemo, double mastectomy, 25 doses radiation. Hair and nail loss, intense bone pain, shortness of breath,fatigue, emotional turmoil.
Lumpectomy and lymph node removal 2002
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.
I have had two surgeries-lumpectomy and reincision to get the rest of lump and port installment.
April 22, 2009 - mastectomy. I had two drains in for approx. four weeks. That was a drag because the surgeon wouldn't let me drive as long as the drains were in. After surgery I received the good news that I actually had two tumors, the large one being ILC and some lymph node involvement. (I've got to say, when the oncologist's office called with the "you've got two different types of cancer news" I thought for sure I'd wind up in a jar on some med student's desk somewhere). I started to have reconstructive surgery, but changed my mind. That freaked the plastic surgeon out, but that's one decision I haven't regretted.
Lumpectomy and 12 lymph nodes removed. (Sentinel node only positive)
July 17, 2014
Lumpectomy on "Lefty" and endometrial ablation on July 22, 2011 Portacath insertion scheduled for August 30th
May 27 2011, lumpectomy, clear margins, centinal lymph nodes removed, ca positive plus 16 other nodes removed due to having implants and not sure the radiation was going to get them. All 16 were negative.
No surgery date scheduled yet. Started with systemic chemo a/c followed by (now) taxol and herceptin. Hope to have surgery in October 2011
Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy, and drainage of multiple cysts that became huge during chemo. Second surgery for axillary dissection after final path report.
Partical mastectomy and axillary clearance 12 March 2010, Followed by a Full mastectomy 24 March 2010 Awaiting a third surgery as clear margins were not obtained plan; to have further tissued removed at the same time as reconstruction
Total bilateral mastectomy in March 2008. 9/9 lymph nodes positive. Followed by aggressive chemo once every 2 weeks for 8 sessions, then once a day radiation for 6 weeks.
7 different surgeries between 2006 and 2010 July 2006 Wire Insertion for biopsy August 2006 Sentinel node surgery when biopsy that SHOULD have been nothing.. which is why nodes weren't checked with biopsy Sept 2006 Bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders (the drains were AWFUL but they have garments now to keep the weight off the drain) April 2007 Exchange surgery (chose "gummy bears" which are silicone something or others still technically in clinical trial) Same surgery, Ovaries and tubes removed (BRCA test showed mutations on both genes, but of unknown significance. At 50, wasn't taking a chance by leaving them in) August 2007 Nipple reconstruction with fat injections to fill in hollow parts of chest (got a free tummy lipo) 2008-Cone biopsy due to bad pap (unrelated to BC) but when I called the oncologist screaming because I understood too many of the words in the pathology report from the colposcopy and he said, "cancer cells are there" but you don't need me... this is a surgical cancer...how comforting. October 2010 Complete hysterectomy (cervix included) using DaVinci System (robot) which was AMAZING.... this was the most "major" of all the surgeries and thanks to the robot, it was the easiest recovery, hands down.
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.
Feb 11, clear lymph nodes, clean margins
had surgery to remove lump and some lymph nodes early march 2011,then had second op mid march to remove more cells as it was on the borderline from previous op,recovered well from both surgeries
Lumpectomy, lymphnode removal. Still numb after all these years and swelling.
MRM: Modified Radical Mastectomy
Lumpectomy after surgery, lymph node removal on 9/10/11, not much pain
9/7/2011 Double Mastectomy with immediate reconstruct using tissue expanders. My side effects have just been pain really
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.
Lateral Mastectomy & lymph nodes removed on left side June 6, 2011.
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.
Drainage tubes suck. If you have lymph nodes remove, begin immediately to stretch out the arm and side of removal. Yoga is wonderful for this.
commin up after chemo
Radical Mastectomy of the left beast, 11/14/2011, 24 nodes removed, all showed no sign of cancer.
Breast cancer No. 1. Surgery left me with some lymph oedema in the left arm, but the exercises helped and this is now barely noticeable. Leiomyosarcoma 2009: Can still sometimes feel the 'join' where my guts were resectioned and this can be a little uncomfortable. Breast cancer No. 2 2011: The nature of the reconstruction made it really hard to stand straight for about 3 months after the op. Also a tiny part of the new boob 'died' as it lost its blood supply temporarily - its taken 6 months to heal fully but is ok now.
Double masectomy 11/10/2011 Transflap 5/2012
hysterectomy 1/31/12 with greenfield filter placement because I had a blood clot previously
First surgery on 6.28.11 didn't obtain clean margins so a re-excision was made on 7.8.11. I got a MRSA infection which landed me in the hospital for five days in September and later, 10.14.11 my surgeron reopened me to clean out the incision and I was sent home with a wound vac (and home care nurses 3 x a week). Wound vac was ended on 12.21.11 but open incision of about 1" x 1" remained. Still healing as of 3.4.12 but oh, so much better.
12/05/2011 Double
October 2012, bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
got to do it, accept it, move forward each day, little by little
Mastectomy, Sept. 7, 2011. Recovered well.
Bilateral mastectomy with removal of extra skin and 5 lymph nodes.
bilateral masectomy with expanders for reconstructive surgery after chemo treatments December 9,2010
double mastectomy lymph nodes
Radical Mastectomy October 28th 2011. The surgery was a successful one. Was very happy with the clean cut. No side effects.
biopsy 8/
Mastectomy (to avoid radiation w/ lumpectomy) and sentinel node biopsy that showed no involvement in the 4 nodes taken. (I needed those to fight infections, there was no reason to take more than 1 until it was tested and 1st shown to be positive)
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Lumpectomy and bilateral breast reduction 9/22/11. Procedure was done as a day patient and was extremely painful.
Bilateral Mastectomy, Immediate reconstruction and implants. I had cording in my right arm (arm of sentinel biopsy, however, with regular physical therapy it is now gone). I have lost 25 pounds due to my body replenishing healthy cells, my exercise regime, and I am eating smarter by eating smaller portions.
March 23rd 2011 2nd surgery April 6th 2011 to take out some lymph nodes
Had a double mastectomy and expanders inserted in August. Side pain, side effects of pain meds, and dealing with the drains was the most uncomfortable. Then had my ovaries & tubes removed in September. Didn't feel quite like myself for 2 weeks. Was worried about menopause, but nothing too bad. Just hot flashes, but I've had those for years! They just happen more often.
Surgeon recommended lumpectomy. I sought a few plastic surgery opinions and decided on a double mastectomy due to type of cancer and my age (40). I wanted to be more aggressive with the plan. I did not want to take any chances of spreading...No recon yet. I will need expanders as I was under weight and have very lil tissue left on my chest wall. I am preparing for surgery a year or so from last treatment.
left total mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy with immediate reconstruction with tissue expander. August 2012. pain, fatigue, skin tenderness, inflammation.
first surgery is set for 4/25/13- mysectomy went well, found some suprises which changes my treatment plan but what ever it takes to get through this & be here for a long time for my kids. Breast is healing nicely & fills coming along great! Although they took some nodes from my arm pit & almost 3 weeks later I still have very little movement at my armpit area.
1st was 3/12/2010. Lumpectomy. 2nd was 6/8/2011. Lymph node removal. 17 was removed and 9 was positive. 3rd was 7/12/2012. Lymph node removal. 5 was removed, then found out metastasis in spine.
The Doctor almost fainted in the room when he saw what he had done. Now a month after and the incision is coming apart because the skin was so damaged it is now separating. I am so scared.
Double Mastectomy on August 29, 2013
Double mastectomy with node Bx. August 16, 2013. Tissue expanders put in day of surgery
Lumpectomy without lymph node removal. Nerve pain goes on.
double mastectomy on September 13, 2013
Lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy 10th jan 2014. Axillary clearance removal of 10 lymph nodes 29th Jan 2014
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.
Lumpectomy in left breast. Removed 7 lymph nodes. Not bad. A little sore and numb. All margins and nodes clear. Surgery performed Feb 2014
Unilateral Mastectomy; No side effects
Lumpectomy, Sentinel Node Biopsy, 7 node removed, all clear. 8/26/2010
I had 2 lumpectomy 2 weeks apart got the all clear! My breast looks normal after only 3 months of healing! The nerve pain is like hot daggers from healing that sucks.
16/10/2014 right lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy
January 2009 lumpectomy. Reincision to obtain clean margins.
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.
lumpectomy with two different methods used to light up infected lymph nodes. One lymph node was infected. Aug. 31, 2015.
Not scheduled until 2016. Double mastectomy and hysterectomy
Mastectomy,2011.
Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction Oct 27, 2015. Not healing well. Returned to OR to have expanders removed and cleaned out and new ones placed on December 29, 2015. Pain and anxiety are my major concerns
12/1/2015 Pain from axillary disection. Numbness.
Mastectomy of the right breast on the 22nd March 2016. Lymph nodes were also removed as an earlier biopsy showed cancer cells present.
April 2009
not scheduled yet
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