What are Mastectomy Cancer Surgeries? List from Cancer Survivors

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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
see bio
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.
March 28 2010 left Breast left the building.
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.
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
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.
Left mastectomy and sentinal node biopsy, August 8, 07. Muscular and nerve pain, depression, headaches, lymphedema, sleep loss, major loss of confidence.
Left Mastecomy 9/25/07. Recovering really wasn't that bad. The node procedure was worse with recovery.
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
12/12 Mastectomy, with 29 cancerous lymphs removed Reconstructive surgery immediately following (TRAM flap)
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%).
I was told today, I must have a rt mastectomy with lymph node resection.
Mastectomy on right 8/05 gamma knife on right brain tumor 11/07 removal of right brain tumor 4/28/08
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
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.
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.
Modified Radical Mastectomy with lymph nodes removal in Feb 2009 after 6 months of Chemotherapy. Breast reconstruction planned in 1-2 years.
Actually my surgery went really well. I didn't have much pain and went home the next day. Some lymphadema.
2000 - Mastectomy
January 5th 2009 is the date for the new ta ta's!
mastectomy in 2003 - side effects: ugly reconstructed breast with no feeling
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!
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).
Esophagus Removal 2003.... Neck tumor removed with some neck mussels removed ...
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
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.
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.
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.
Needle biospy: Tumor too dense Core biospy: Negative results, me: relieved Lumpectomy: Positive, IDC. Mastectomy: 2 extra tumors found, TNBC
Lumpectomy 2010, ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed June 2011, double mastectomy with reconstruction November 2011, lumpectomy with brachytherapy October 2012
Left lobe liver resection 6-2011//Bilateral mastectomy 6/24/2014
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.
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.
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.
2006, December no side effects that are permanent
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!
DIEP flap.
bilateral mastectomy 10/11/2010- surgery went well, no complications
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 17, 2014
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.
MRM: Modified Radical Mastectomy
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.
lymph node removal from iliac area November 2, 2011
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
12/05/2011 Double
October 2012, bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
May, 1998 hysterctomy; July, 1999 corrective surgery; abdominoplasty to help with healing. 2005 double mastectomy; floating met.
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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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.
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.
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
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