Dec 28, 2013 - 4:00 am
Hello, my name is John. This is the first time that I've posted anything on this site but I figured that it might be a good place to seek some input. I imagine that are more than a few here with similar experience.
I was was originally diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in May 2010. Was treated with surgery at Stanford cancer center. Total thyroidectomy, radical left neck dissection and all of the fun things that come along with it...
After the surgery I lost my insurance and have had quite the roller coaster ride of life events sinice then.
My latest adventure with this disease was a couple lymph nodes being removed last month, both positive for MTC.
It has been recommended to me by the doctors to have a six week medium radiation treatment as soon as possible. So now I'm looking for input from people that have experienced the same type of thing. What kind of realistic long term effects can I look forward to dealing with. I know what the doctor said that I can expect, but he didn't look like he had ever been on the receiving end of a treatment.
I'll probably end up losing my current job and the insurance that goes with it by the end of this time around. Can't see them keeping me around for very long after being out for several weeks but that seems to be how it goes.
Thank in advance for all input, John