Diagnosed age 67 with encapsulated FVPTC 3.5 cm. Completion thyroidectomy soon. Anyone else have similar experience?
Hi Margaret -
Do you mean a Thyroidecotmy, the whole thing is coming out? I just had that done in March. Going good without it. I take Synthroid and my blood counts are good. Some hot flashes sometimes, not sure if its the lack of the Thyroid or just my age. :)
A Lymphoma attached itself to my Thyroid and thats why it had to come out. Let me know when you are scheduled?
Hi Margaret, FVPTC = Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (which I guess is why they abbreviate it...). Presumably if you are having a "completion" thyroidectomy you have already had one lobe removed? It is quite common to do it in two steps, and even if there isn't cancer in the remaining lobe removing the complete thyroid gland makes it so much easier to zap any remaining thyroid cells and to make it possible to screen us in future for early signs that it might have returned.
Hope this helps and do let us know if you have any questions.