|Entry #16 Follow-up with Otolaryngology and Endocrinology: Yet More Bad News|
|My Story - My Thyroid Surgery|
|Tuesday, 03 February 2009 17:00|
I've been healing well and feeling good. Now it was three weeks after my thryoid surgery and I had two follow-up appointments. My first appointment was with the endocrinologist and he didn't waist anytime telling me the bad news.
The pathologist found cancer on the right side of my thyroid gland too. This was a small papillary carcinoma 0.5cm in size. So basically, I was diagnosed with multifocal papillary carcinoma. The cancer was in both the left side (size 2.0cm) and right side (size 0.5cm) of my thyroid gland. I hate bad news! However, the good news was that the thyroid tissue was all removed successfully. The endocrinologist said multifocal papillary cancer was common and shouldn't affect my prognosis.
Here is a papillary thyroid cancer survivor rate calculator. It will give one their 20 year survivor rate based off their personal papillary thyroid cancer situation. Check it out. According to the calculator I have a 99% chance of living for 20 more years. Yee Haa! This was very encouraging.
Of course my wife took it hard...probably harder than me. I think she was tired of bad news too. Anyhow, at this point I really tried to stay positive. I am just thankful that the thyroid cancer was discovered and surgically removed successfully. The older one is when the cancer is discover the poorer the prognosis. Well, the cancer was out of my body now so hopefully I'm done with surgery. Of course there was still more treatment ahead so I’m not “out of the woods” yet.
Minimally Invasive Complete Thyroidectomy
The second appointment was with my surgeon. He came in and examined my neck. He was pleased with the results. His news was good. The parathyroid glands and the vocal chords were not damage. So overall, the surgery went excellent with no complications.
Now it was time to heal up some more and get ready for the radioactive iodine therapy. This therapy should kill any remaining normal or cancerous thyroid tissue.