Inked after Surviving Thyroid Cancer

Inked after Surviving Thyroid Cancer

Inked after Surviving Thyroid Cancer

Patient R-A S M
“Thyroid Cancer Survivor. December 2013 I asked my Doctor to do an ultrasound of my thyroid. I have had Hashimoto’s since the early 90s. They found nodules that were biopsied in January and it immediately came back cancerous. February 2014 I had a total thyroidectomy. Pathology came back as “Multifocal Micropapillary Carcinoma of the Thyroid”. Thankfully it had not spread to the lymph nodes. By April I had to have an ablation with radioactive iodine. I could not take my thyroid medication until my scan came back clean that all active thyroid was gone. This meant I could barely get around to function and was always in pain. I am happy to say that every year I have a scan and blood work to make sure there is no regrowth and after 2 years I have had none.”
Comment: Unlike those with breast or lung cancers patients with this very low risk micro-papillary even though it was multifocal live a normal life and rarely ever die. These rarely need radioiodine treatment and many don’t need a total thyroidectomy. Many can be followed without surgery in an Active Surveillance program. check with me before you have surgery for a 1 cm micro-papillary carcinoma. We have a registry to hold all your records long after I am retired. Call Matthew at 310-393-8860 for details of our private AS program.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU

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