Jun 23, 2010 - 9:39 am
My doctor discovered a thyroid nodule in my left thyroid seven years ago. He did a sonogram and a fine needle aspiration. The FNA was inconclusive, so they repeated it. Again, inconclusive. My doctor advised me to repeat the process in a year. I did what he advised. I have had sonograms every six months and FNA once a year since then. The results have been benign. This May, the FNA showed atypical cells and growth of the nodule. Also, a nodule was discovered in my right thyroid.
My doctor advised surgery, still telling me that he did not think it was cancer, but that it would probably be cancer within two years. Since both thyroids had nodules, he advised a total thyroidectomy.
I had this surgery June 3, 2010, and I received the pathology reports last week. It was papillary cancer, stage 1. I was told that the tumor was only 4mm and totally contained within the thyroid. I was referred to an oncologist who did a chest xray and checked my thyroidglobulin. The lung x-ray was clear. Yea! The thyroidglobulin was 20.2, and the doctor said they like it to be less than 2. He said this means that some tissue was left from the surgery, and now I should have radioactive iodine treatment.
This journey has gone from "nothing to worry about" to "if you had to have cancer and you got to pick your cancer, this is the best one to have". What??? Where does this go from here? Can someone tell me the effects of the treatment?