Re: Anybody not take rai- outcome of thyroid cancer in your 50s
If they find cancer in the first lobe, upon pathology, you will definitely want the second lobe removed, as the only way to know if it's cancerous too is to remove it.
Scans only show thyroid tissue, not specifically thyroid cancer. Pathology is the only way to know.
The only time I've heard of no RAI recommended is less than 1cm, not 2cm. I don't know why you are afraid of RAI, but it is a lot easier than regular radiation, and a lot fewer side effects, few permanent. You should do whatever your doctor recommends to irradicate all thyroid tissue and make sure your cancer doesn't return or spread to other parts of your body.
I think with Hurthle they try RAI first, I think it often works, if it doesn't they have to look for other alternatives, but I know someone with hurthle, she had RAI and is fine.