Dec 10, 2011 - 10:53 pm
I found my nodule around 10/06/11 had first ultrasound 10/17/11 which lead to a fine needle aspiration on 11/11/11 which is the same day my doctor called with the cancer diagnosis. I tried to find the right people to help but no one would answer any questions. I found some real useful websites that I will post later. While researching, the thing I found the most is that the treatment isnt the same for everyone. My reg. Doctor sent me to a general surgeon who said, " we just do a total thyroidectomy and take the lymph nodes behi d the thyroid and then give radiation iodine therapy to everyone." This practice is very well disputed by top doctors around the world. I am happy to say that after much research I contacted MD Anderson in houston, tx. And was very pleased with the way i was treated. My doctor.. Dr. Gary Clayman was awesome. First off he talked to me and answered all of my questions. I know my case isnt the same as alot of people on here but Im 31 yoa and had a nodule that was 1.4 x 1.1 cm centered on my right thyroid gland. During my meet eith dr Clayman I asked if taking only half of my thyroid would be possible. The Dr. Stated that yes as long as the cancer hadnt went to any other part of my body. We ran several tests that all showed no metastases. The Dr. Stated that during the surgery if anything looked suspicious during he would test it then and if it came back positive for cancer we would move to total thyroid. I woke up still having half of my thyroid and I am praising God that it all went well. I had my surgery 12/08/11 and I feel great. It was an outpatient procedure small incision and only 1 1/2 hour surgery. Flew home a day later. Very little pain. If anyone has questions please ask I know what it was like when i was first diagnosed.