Jan 10, 2003 - 3:06 pm
Hi, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer 2/2001, had a totaldectomy, removal of most lymph nodes on my left neck. They missed a lymph tumor so I had 2nd surgery on 11/2001. But they could not find the tumor even though it was proven there through biopsy. After the surgery, I had a radio-iodine treatment on 12/2001 with 100mci. Few month later, I still feel the same lump on my left side of neck. Since I lost confidence on this famous thyroid doctor in San Francisco, I had 3rd surgery done locally in Reno, NV on 4/25/2002. The surgeon successfully remove this grape size big tumor. I thought that should be it, you know, 3 sugeries. At the beginning of 12/2002, I found a lump near the removed tumor area, the MRI report says I had a few slightly enlarged lymph nodes, they appear to be new ones compared to previous MRI films. Both my surgeon and endocrine doctor want me to wait for 2-3 month to have another MRI because they suspect the enlarged lymph nodes are from my cold. My cold has been gone for more than 3 weeks now. I still feel the same lump. The size seems to get bigger. I am worried. If this lump is cancer, I am really shocked at how quick it comes back. The surgeon said if this is cancer reoccurrence, he will do another more aggressive and thorogth left neck dissection to clean up all the lymph nodes on my left neck. I also heard that having cold or flu may cause cancer reoccurrance. If this is true, taking out more lymph nodes just reduce my immune ability more, and I am more likely to have cancer reoccurrence, more sugeries,...a vicious cycle. I am scared, same as my family. Did anybody have papillary thyroid cancer reoccur so fast? Any advice or answers are appreciated. Thank you.