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Thyroglobulin level 23.0

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I am 20 years post near total thyroidectomy/RAI ablation for papillary thyroid cancer. I just found out that my last thyroglobulin level (with TSH suppressed) was 23.0. I am now scheduled for a neck ultrasound. After doing a lot of research, I've pretty much figured out that a level that high has to be indicative of a recurrence. Am I correct in that assumption or is there any other possible reason it would be that high? Has anyone been in a similar situation? Thanks in advance.

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I recommend you contact the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center. Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day and can assist you with your questions. They can be reached at 1-800-227-2345.

I wish you the best of results on your tests.

Be well,


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I am going through the same thing right now, too. The doctors told me we should have been done with this after the first round of I131, but 2 years later and we're still chasing it. Don't know why. But it happens for a reason. My recurrence wasn't large enough to show up on any scans, but my thyroglobulin was over 15. So, now I'm on a 6 month testing cycle for observation until the tumor gets big enough to see on a scan. All I tell you is don't let it bring you down. You keep right on fighting every day. May God continue to bless you every day.

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Hi all

I too am post TT for Pap CA Dx 12 -2000, then positive nodes 3/ 06. I did a 2nd opinion at Mayo- Dr Hay. Ultrasounds are great for neck nodes. I highly recommend this man and his 'team'.
I understand not ALL thyCA elevated Tg, and not ALL high Tg = CA. I131 does not always work. CA is a very individual thing.

Wishing you well-

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