1 Week Old New Diagnosis of Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Do Not Panic: Take Time to Get Evaluated Before Any Surgery.
Recently Diagnosed and feeling very overwhelmed
I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer Wednesday (19th april) and feeling at bit overwhelmed by the whole situation. I found a lump while shaving at the end of November 2015. Since then I had 4 biopsy’s (3 FNA and 1 core biopsy).
It is not too late to still control your case. Many thyroid cancers only need a lobe removed. Have an outside opinion if you have one of those. Also some previously called cancer are now called benign and need nothing more that what you had. A non-invasive follicular tumor with look a like papillary cells NIFT-P is now benign and needs no cancer follow up, more surgery or radioiodine .
Everything was coming back inconclusive so was offered surgery and had the right side of my thyroid removed on 21st march. I kinda convinced myself all was fine but was called into the hospital where I got the diagnosis.
Comment: Get another opinion before the surgery.You may not need it.
I now have a second op this Wednesday to remove the rest of my thyroid. It all seems to be happening so fast and i just can’t get my head round it.
Comment: Wow, Get a new high volume surgeon to decrease the risk of more nerve damage.There is no emergency to have the completion surgery that you may not need. Some cancers like this are not even cancer by new criteria and need no more surgery or cancer follow up.
I was also told it would take 6 months for my voice to return to normal after this second op as my voice is still recovering from the last op.
Any tips on how to get through this week as this is all i can think about and getting very anxious.
Comments: Yes, stop everything until you see a thyroidologist/endocrinologist who can help you decide if you need more surgery and radioiodine.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU
call for evaluation 310-393-8860.