Re: Need Advice About Surgery
That is the kind of thing you have to get other opinions for, after your surgery. Didn't you have pappillary?
In my case, I had pappillary. There was no further testing until surgery. During surgery, they discovered there was vascular invasion, and pap. usually spreads in the neck. My docs. said that RAI usually works for pap. and follicular---no matter where it is. Of course there are rare situations where pp. are resistant to it. I have known pp. with hurthle cell who were successfully treated with RAI as well. So I had a Whole body scan with RAI tracer, they found thyroid tissue remnant in the neck, which is normal, and then I had RAI. My friend had pap. with spread to lymph nodes, and she had successful RAI as well. Archie on line here had follicular, and he had a spread to the rib. He's had RAI only.
If you have other types of thyroid cancer, they would use radiation etc, but if you find a well differentiated like follicular or papillary, they will probably try RAI, and it has a very high success rate. On the thyroid cancer website they talk about different stages, and pretty much all of them, no matter where it spread use surgery and RAI only.
That's why after your surgery you should work with an endo. that has a lot of thyroid cancer experience. Mine is young--so he reads studies and was involved with them during his residency so I'm comfortable with that. I'm not real sure why your endo is so confident that yours spread without biopsies, but hopefully your next tests will give you peace of mind.
Chemo doesn't usually work for well differentiated thyroid cancer and isn't usually used. RAI will probably be it for you----think positive!
Last edited by Reece; 10-25-2006 at 06:21 PM.