Jul 09, 2005 - 4:52 pm
I have recently learned that I have a recurrance of papillary thyroid cancer. I'm in the twilight zone between diagnosis and treatment and have a million questions.
My first diagnosis was in 1970 at the age of 17. I had been exposed to x-ray treatments for enlarged tonsils around age 4.
My thyroid glad was removed in 1975 and I was treated with I 131.
A recent whole-body thyroid scan shows extensive metastases in both lungs, behind my sternum and in one lymph node.
The internet was not an available resource in the early 70's. I can find lots of information about thyroid cancer in general now. But can find little information about extensive lung involvement and what to expect.
Truth is, I just want to hear there is someone out there that has survived what I'm facing.
I was 17 the first time. I'm 53 now. I was sort of planning to live to 100.
Anyone out there have experience with extensive lung involvement?