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Has anybody heard of thyroid cancer spreading after the surgery to remove it?

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Has anybody heard of thyroid cancer spreading after the surgery to remove it?

Postby assan40 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:07 am

first I'll give facts about me and open to answers but prefer to seek answers from ppl with past experience or professionals.. a nodule was found. On ultrasound it was a cold nodule. fine needle aspiration with ultrasound biopsy showed no cancer. Hyperthyroidism was reason for right lobectomy w/ possible total. They basically said while i was laid open they would look again for cancer under what i think they called a freeze slide...? If it was noticeable they would do a total lobectomy. Didnt find any thing. Left the hospital the next night. A week later i went in for stitches to be removed and the surgeon/ endo told me the lobe was sent off to pathology and came back cancerous. Now they want to go back in and finish taking out the rest of my thyroid and lymph nodes. I have done a little research and now know I need to know what kind they are calling it.. papillay, follicular, etc. and at what stage because i was told none of this.. I am only 25 and have 4 kids so this is pretty scary. Mostly because i dont know which stage and mainly because everyone keeps saying if I let them cut back in to me it will cause the cancer to spread. So does anyone know what stage this could possibly be and if the cancer really can spread. To me it only makes sense to get it out but I keep hearing this over and over..... Help me with any info you can please... Related stories would be great!!! Just be easy on trying to freak me out any more than I already am... thanks!!!
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Postby sawyers98 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:10 am

You have cancer in you but people are telling you that it's going to spread if they go back in? Honey, it can spread if you keep it in...get it out! You don't say how big your nodule is, but most of the time, a total thyroidectomy is done if cancer is found in one lobe. I was 20 when I found a lump, 21 when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Once you get all the info, type, size, if there's any lymph invasion, you and your doctors can take the next step...possibly radioactive iodine. Anyway, please review this site: http://thyca.org it has all the info you will ever need! Good luck with everything!
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Postby hamlet » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:21 am

You have cancer in you but people are telling you that it's going to spread if they go back in? Honey, it can spread if you keep it in...get it out! You don't say how big your nodule is, but most of the time, a total thyroidectomy is done if cancer is found in one lobe. I was 20 when I found a lump, 21 when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Once you get all the info, type, size, if there's any lymph invasion, you and your doctors can take the next step...possibly radioactive iodine. Anyway, please review this site: http://thyca.org it has all the info you will ever need! Good luck with everything!
It seems your biopsy report is papillary ca.
If yes you are advised to go for resurgery to remove remainig thyroid and regional lymphnodes.
Long term prognosis is good.
You can provide actual bx.report for more info.
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Postby barris49 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:27 am

Try wikipedia on this question there is a ton of info and links on that site to read up on. Best Wishes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyroid_cancer
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Postby jeevan59 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:29 am

Who in the world is “everyone” telling you over and over that surgery will make cancer spread?
That is ridiculous.
Yes, the situation you are in has happened to several people. Due to the nature of thyroid cancer about 10% of biopsies are incorrect. What you refer to as a freeze slide I believe was a frozen section, which apparently was taken from the section without cancer.
I’m not sure why you would find stories helpful as they may or may not have anything at all to do with you.
I’m sure your doctor told you what kind of cancer you have as it is part of their job. At this point it is impossible to know the stage until the whole thing is removed and yes you should have it removed.
If you have a papillary carcinoma you will most likely be fine as 3-12% of all papillary carcinoma patients die from this disease regardless of stage. If you have another type it is a completely different ball game.
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Postby cecilius27 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:37 am

I can't tell you what stage without seeing the path report.

You should let them excise the rest of the tissue before it spreads.

The "don't let them cut you because that is how it spreads" is based on pseudo-science and a complete misunderstanding of how tumors work. This is not a water balloon full of cancer that will burst everywhere if you try to remove it. This is a solid mass that can be carefully excised (cut out) before the cells from the tumor start migrating around your body on their own.

The medical science is clear. Excising the tumor will not cause it to spread. Please schedule the surgery.

The fact that the frozen slide did not show cancerous cells but the path examination did detect abnormal cells suggests that this is early stage. Let them cut it out before it andvances.

The stages of all cancers are basically:
Abnormal changes in cells
Cancerous changes in cells
Cancerous cells spread to other parts of the body.

Have them cut it out before it spreads. The idea that cutting it out will cause it to spread is completely false. This is why your medical doctors want you to cut the rest of it out.

And before someone suggests that the surgeon is telling you to do this to make money, this is not a surgery to make money on. Please trust the surgeon's judgement.

It is natural to be more afraid of the risk of doing something than the risk of doing nothing. Psychologists have documented this quite well. But the risk of doing nothing is very, very real. The risk of doing something is small. You can live without a thyroid quite well.
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