To Ashley and others,
I had a total thyroid removal on Feb. 27, 2008. I had two tumors. One was quite large. In fact, one of the surgeons made the comment that it looked more like they were doing a C-section than a thyroidectomy!
The main tumor was 8.3 cm x 6.0 x 5.3 and according to the pathology report (which I just got yesterday at the drs. office) showed both vascular and capsular invasion. Categorized as a hurthle cell carcinoma. The smaller tumor (.5 cm) is follicular of probable malignancy.
I am not sure what this really means, since I am just now doing research on the cancer aspect of what I have now that I have a definitive diagnosis. I meet with the radiology dr. later this week.
I had my Fine Needle Biopsy in January of this year and got an indeterminate test result on it probably due to the fact that it IS very difficult to tell if it is cancer if the slides show the presence of hurthle cell involvement.
I am very glad that my surgeons recommended a TOTAL thyroid removal. If your endo dr. or any surgeon recommends a partial removal--run--fast!
I have been told that this is a very treatable form of cancer and that reoccurance rates are very low. I prefer to remain optimistic, but also it helps learning more about this disease. I have also been told by my surgeons that anytime you have this type of tumor and it's smaller than 4-5 cm, that it makes it an easier surgery and the likelihood for recovery and remission, is greater.
All the best to everyone!