Nov 26, 2010 - 6:16 pm
I'm sure this question has been asked about a million times but I will be redundant and ask it again. First, let me give you some history.
In October I went to get a physical. The doctor felt a lump in my thyroid, after an ultrasound and biopsy which was abnormal I had my total thyroid removed, which happened 3 weeks ago. I had a 1.7cm nodule which ended up being malignate papillary cancer. The doctor started me on a very very low dose (88 micrograms) of synthroid while I was in the hospital. I went this week to my post op appointment.
The doctor told me about the nodule (which is detailed above) and he also said he took out 6 lymph nodes which were all biopsied and none showed any cancer growth. The doctor then told me that I'm in a "gray area" regarding iodine treatment. He said that since the cancer seemed fairly self-contained I don't necessarily need iodine treatment, but some people would recommend it because there might be "microscopic growth" in other lymph nodes which would be too small to detect and iodine would take care of that. So he's sending me to another doctor to get a second opinion regarding iodine. I haven't been to the other doc yet because appointements are a few weeks out, at least.
I guess I'm asking about any insight regarding iodine treatment after I've told you what I've said above. Also, the doctor said he couldn't adjust my medication for at least another two weeks so I'm on this really, really low level of synthroid and I feel, energy wise, like I'm circling the drain and depression is starting to hit me and I HATE it. I just don't feel like ME anymore. It didn't bother me at first but after a few weeks have gone by I'm starting to notice the "hypo" symptoms more and more. Have any of you had your doctor delay upping your medication dosage like mine is? Is there a reason behind him doing that?
I guess on an aside (since this is already really long, I might as well add a rant to it) - I keep hearing "if you get cancer, you got the good one." I hate that! Does anyone else hear that over and over again? It sucks. No cancer is good cancer and yes, this one is very treatable, but it still sucks. It's still hard. These feelings I'm starting to feel are horrible and i wouldn't wish them on anyone. The platitude that it's a "good cancer" is so aggravating. I always feel like people are excusing it and it confuses me because it almost feels like people think that I don't have a right to be upset about any of this because I keep hearing "you got lucky on this one, Sarah. You sure got a good cancer."
Maybe I'm just being touchy and overreacting. Who knows. I never thought I'd join a cancer forum but I hate this and it feels good to know there are others out there who understand.
Anyway, thanks for reading my diatribe, and if you have insight, thanks in advance for your time.