Nov 04, 2010 - 12:23 am
My dad (59 years old) was recently diagnosed with Thyroid cancer (we do not know which type). On Oct. 25, he had his largest nodule removed along with part of his thyroid (He has two other tiny nodules). During his operation, a pathologist dissected the thyroid nodule in 4 sections and was very confident that it was benign. He saw no signs of cancer. The plan was that if the pathologist suspected cancer, the surgeon would remove his entire thyroid. Well, unfortunately, his final biopsy report came back four days later and it revealed a small amount of cancer in the nodule. The surgeon told him that he needs to have the rest of his thyroid removed and this should be the only treatment that he needs. I am concerned because we do not know what type of thyroid cancer it is and the thought of him not having RAI frightens me because of the possibility of cancer cells being left behind after the surgery.Please give me your thoughts and opinions about his situation. What have your experiences been? Thank you so much for your responses.