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Has Anyone Been A Thyroid Cancer Survivor For More Than 20 Years?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:09 pm
by Kyrk
I was diagnosed with 0.8cm papillary thyroid carcinoma and I have to have a total thyroidectomy. I have been reading the rate survival, and some say it is a 5 to 10 yrs but other say it is a 20 year or more. I am very very scared. My life and the life of my family has been changed upside down.


Is there anyone that has survived this cancer for more than 20 years or many years? Please I need only positive answers...I need hope.

Has Anyone Been A Thyroid Cancer Survivor For More Than 20 Years?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:17 pm
by Temple
You may have misunderstood what was meant by these survival rates.

5 or 10 years survival rates are often mentioned because this is how long researchers follow people who have/had cancer. This measurement sort of gives an idea of how aggressive different types of cancers are. The longer time that passes, the lower the risk is that the cancer will come back.

For such a small papillary thyroid carcinoma, 5 to 10 years survival rate is close to 100 %. It doesn't mean that the life expectancy is only 5 or 10 years. On the contrary. It means that in all probability you will be completely cured of the cancer and never be bothered by it again.

You have good reasons to have not only hope, but also confidence, that everything is going to work out just fine.

Has Anyone Been A Thyroid Cancer Survivor For More Than 20 Years?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:24 pm
by Beauvis
Yes, my friend had it as a teen and she's 42 now and doing fine.