Hi Karen, Thanks very much for your response (you too Reece
). I've been feeling pretty good since the surgery - just a little tightness around the incision and neck area.
Meanwhile, I've been doing some research on the American Cancer Society's website (cancer.org), which has made me contemplate not having the second surgery on Tuesday. From the information I've read, it appears that since the ultrasound was negative for cancer in the lymph nodes and based on my age (37), I am a Stage I case. If I was over 45, I'd be considered Stage III. The strategy for treatment is based on what Stage you fall into.
I think the main reason the second surgery is being recommended is because of the size of the nodule (5.5 cm), but the pathology report stated that it was encapsulated (although it also said with minimal vascular invasion, which from what I understand means blood vessels). I think that is the part that is causing the concern, so I have to learn more about that.
So, my new question for anyone that has had a second surgery is whether they had spreading to the lymph nodes and if they were over 45 at the time? Also, what is the follow-up/monitoring procedure for people that do not have a thyroidectomy and RAI that have thyroid cancer? Do I get ultrasounds every six months?
Thanks in advance for any responses!