Jun 09, 2003 - 12:04 am
I am 31 and was diagnosed with a goiter & nodules when I was about 25. I was told that it was not cancer, so when I lost my insurance I wasn't worried. I finally got insurance and was able to find a Dr. who agreed to remove the goiter. He did a needle aspiration to check for cancer, and said that the results were negative for cancer. That made me feel much easier about the surgery.
In November of 2002 the surgeon removed a 6cm sized growth off one side of my thyroid, & half of my thyroid. It was sent for biopsy and was found that I had Hurthle Cell Ca. I actually think the surgeon was just as hurt by the news as I was. In December 2002 I went back in to have the rest of my thyroid removed. We all expected that they would find the same type of cancer on the other side...but it wasn't. I had FOLLICULAR OF PAPILLARY. In January 2003 I had RAI treatment. I have recently gone back in for more blood work to see if the cancer is gone or not.
I was even told that of all the cancer this is one of the better ones to get because it is easily treated...but with all I have read Hurthle cell is not that easy to treat.
I think the worst part of all this is having a hard time getting a straight answer from dr's about what I could be in for. I have found that there isn't much information out there on thyroid cancer, and what is out there is very hard to understand.