My ENT says I need total thyroidectomy because of single 2.7 cm. nodule on right lobe. FNA unclear so must remove it and do biopsy.
How do I go about finding a qualified surgeon in the Atlanta area? Should I go with ENT or endo surgeon?
I had a 2.5cm nodule removed 4 years ago, it was cancerous, and my surgery was a breeze, and I'm just fine these days, so don't get too scared.
In terms of finding a surgeon, ask around---don't you have a med school/teaching hospital nearby? Emory or something? I would call the otorongology dept. and ask if there's at thyroid specialist. I asked one at the teaching hospital near me in NY who's the best thyroid person, and he did give me a thyroid specialist that does pretty much mostly thyroids.
I don't know much about endocrine surgeons, just "ENT's" ----if the surgeon does many thyroids per week, it's probably a safe bet.
Hi, Reece. Had my TT Monday. Doc says nodule was malignant, but no evidence of spread to lymph nodes. He says I will need RAI anyway, leading me to believe it is follicular instead of papillary (although he didn't say that; I researched it and came to that conclusion--will follow up on that with him next week).
Hopefully I am still in the "safe" category even if follicular. Do you know if any appreciable difference in cure rates btwn papillary vs. follicular?
I had a TT in June of 2008. I am almost 1 year post surgery. I had a multi-nodular goiter. My Endo tried many different things before she sent me to surgery. My FNA showed no signs of cancer. I was symptomatic for some time with inconsistant blood work. I would have adnormal labs at one point for them to return to normal at other times. Showing spikes of thyroiditis. However, after my surgery and path report came back I had 1 small cancerous nodule on my thyroid and 2 small cancerous nodules on my para thyroids. Today, I have NO parathyroid function. I am on Synthroid, a prescription calcium replacement twice daily, vitamin D once a week and 16 TUMS a day. My PT levels are 4. They should be around 150. The only thing that I can say, is that if they hadn't removed my entire thyroid, they may haved missed the cancer, because it was undetected until after my surgery. Because the entire thyroid was removed, I didn't have to undergo IR. My Doctor and my Endo have given me a clean bill of health. I am in North Georgia and have an excellent Endo. My surgeon came highly recommended, specializing in thyroid surgery.
nedluke---sorry I didn't see your newer post, but the cure rates with follicular and pappillary are both excellent, both are well differentiated, the only difference is where they spread if they do spread, and they usually don't.