Oct 22, 2011 - 1:55 am
I was diagnosed with differentiated pappilary thyroid cancer in June 2010, had a total thyroidectomy and subsequent I131 treatments. After a PET scan in Feb 2011 my oncologist gave me the "all clear". At a routine visit to my endocrinologist in September 2011 we discovered a new growth of 22mmx11mm in the thyroid bed and after CT of my neck I was informed that the cancer has spread quite extensively to the lymph nodes on the right of my neck.My oncologist thinks that the cancer was there all along but that it is refractory to the radioactive iodene. Is this possible, or did they miss the metastasis initially? I was referred to a surgeon who suggested bilateral block dissection of the neck. Second opinion = radical neck dissection right and inspection left. I am very worried that the cancer might be on the left as well - with the throidectomy the surgeon removed one lymphnode on the left of the tyhroid which was positive for pappilary cancer - they assured me that the radioactive iodene would sort it out -it obviously did not! I am scheduled to go for surgery 2 November 2011 and I am VERY scared. Is there someone out there that had the same problem? What was your treatment and how are you doing now?