Sep 02, 2011 - 12:47 am
Wow. Thyroid cancer is more prevalent. My old high school buddy John in New York called me. (I told him to join and post here but his wife rags on him that he already spends too much time on the internet).
He had his thyroid removed completely two months ago in Boston for papillary cancer. Now in New York on ultrasound eight days ago there are one or two suspect nodes off to the side of his neck which might have calcium. His doc thinks the ptc has spread there and an mri was recommended. John doesn't think he could tolerate yet another surgery and on both sides of his neck. He has never had an mri before and neither have I. He asked me if the first radio iodine ablation treatment can kill any lymph node tumor or must all evidence of any lymph node tumor be removed before that radio iodine treatment ? He's confused because he hears that many docs know there can be small spreads to nodes but they just treat with radio iodine after complete thyroid removal. He's also concerned that if a surgeon removed the nodes on each side that doesn't mean all tumor has been removed.