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Papillary Carcinoma with metastasis status that spread to 2/7ths of lymph nodes

volokor96
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Joined: Oct 2021
Hello.
My girlfriend has been diagnosed with papillary carcinoma at the age of 24 with a metastasis status that has traveled to 2/7ths of her lymph nodes. She has had a hemithyroidectomy a couple of months ago. She recently went in for a checkup and a few noncancerous nodules were found. A complete thyroidectomy has been recommended, however, she is reluctant on getting it as she is worried it will affect her quality of life.
Her mom is pushing her to get the complete thyroidectomy just like almost any other mom would. She wants her daughter live cancer free as a complete thyroidectomy reduces the chances of the cancer coming back. I do believe, however, that her mom is acting purely on her emotions and not relying on any kind of logical information, aside that provided from her primary care provider surgeon. She is pushing her to get the complete thyroidectomy as soon as possible. While I understand her reasoning, I feel like my girlfriend should visit other professionals and get advice from them before making that final decision. Upon reading an article by the American College of Surgeons (https://www.facs.org/media/press-releases/2018/ullman102218), a hemithyroidectomy procedure has been growing in popularity.
I am just trying to help as much as I can. I have been reading research papers and scouring forums to find any kind of information that may help my girlfriend make a sound decision. In no way, shape, or form am I trying to influence her choice.
If anyone here has had a hemithyroidectomy and/or a complete thyroidectomy, may you please explain your experience with these procedures and post-op experience and quality of life? If you can give a recommendation, I would be happy to hear this out as well.
Thank you for your time.
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