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Old 07-02-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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Question Papillary Thyroid Cancer

I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid cancer on June 16. Yesterday (7/01) we saw the surgeons for a physical examination and a possible surgery date. Unfortunately they were not able to give me a date as yet, they are booked with more severe thyroid cancer cases. The doctor reassured me that the cancer is in the very early stages, since the nodule is 1.1 cm, could not feel it during physical examiation and my vocal cords are ok. I do not have any major symptons. My concern with the cancer is the possibility of spreading to the lymph nodes.

My question is: how long can i wait for the surgery without any worry of possible spreading considering the nodule size?


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Old 07-02-2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: Papillary Thyroid Cancer

I'm so sorry about your diagnosis. I had the same thing, 4.5 years ago, and the good news is, I'm fine.

First, you don't have to worry about timing. My surgeon was pretty booked, and I was planning a vacation, so mine was scheduled for after the vacation, and my surgeon, a thyroid specialist, thought it was fine, as thyroid cancer, especially pappillary is very slow growing. Mine was scheduled about 7 weeks from the date I met my surgeon, it took from october of finding nodule, to february to having my surgery.

If pappillary does spread, it's usually in the neck, but it's likely yours hasn't. Whether it spreads to lymph nodes, or other structures (my 2.5 cm had spread to the muscle long before without my knowledge) you treat it with the same RAI treatment after surgery that you do if it hasn't spread. And with pappillary it's very effective, and it's curable.

The main thing is to have a great surgeon, and an endocronologist with a lot of thyroid cancer experience, and you should do great. Ask about having thyrogen with your RAI treatment so you don't have to go without medication, and make sure that afterward your TSH is kept suppressed at a low number with medication so that you don't have to worry about a recurrence.

Best of success with your surgery---mine was pretty easy.

Old 07-02-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: Papillary Thyroid Cancer

Thank you Reece for your answer!!!

I will ask the doctor about the thyrogen with the RAI treatment.


Old 07-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #4
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Re: Papillary Thyroid Cancer

My daughter had to wait two months for surgery & her had not spread to the other side. Good luck. Fam

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