Re: Why do they remove thyroid gland and are problems hereditary?
yes, thryoid problems can be hereditary. My brother had Papillary CA and had his T gland completely removed and had to drink RAI. Radioactive Iodine.
I had a large nodule which was giving me big problems for at least 6 years. Finally my surgeon said we are taking this out. What if it is cancer? During surgery they checked a frozen section and said it was NOT malignant...so he only took 1/2 my thyroid--- the other half should kick in and be enough for a few years anyway.
***The T gland is responsible for all the metabolic functions in the body. You can have several family members be hypo, or hyper, or have growths that press on the windpipe like mine did. It caused a lot of choking while eating and drinking.
If he says to have it out, you should do it. The T gland can mess with your mind and brain functions and make you think you are going nuts.
But, yes, several members of a family can have thyroid issues. It is not that uncommon.
My surgery was a breeze. I will say tho I was glad to get home. they don't let you sleep in a hospital...Plus you are on an IV so everytime you have to tinkle you have to get the nurse to help you...
Last edited by golfhat; 02-15-2009 at 01:20 PM.