Hi, I actually still have cancer, but I am going for surgery on December 31st. The cancer I have is apparently acording to my doctors the best cancer to have. It is slow growing and lucky for me it isn't conected to my Thyroid, but isted is only in my thyroglossal duct. Though it is recomended I don't need my thyroid out so I won't let them take it making me dependant on thyroid horomon replacement therapy for at least until I am 40-50. Any advice on the healing process and what to expect would be very helpful. Thanks.
This links to the big research tools I used when I had Cancer.
For my part I'd say talk to your Doctors - and others in the community about survival rates if you don't have your thyroid removed versus if you do.
I've been on Thyroid replacement hormones since I was 21 years old because of Hashimotos Thyroiditis - not cancer - and I've survived.
It's not a big deal - just one pill a day.
It might be worth it IF it means you're less likely to have your cancer spread. That's what you need to learn.
If it's anything like other cancers - that is precisely what you need to learn. Is the cancer encapsulated? Or is it spread outside the margins and would removal of the thyroid mean less treatment in other ways?
Are you just having surgery?
Or are you also having Radiation or Chemo?
PM me if I can help. And good luck. I'm sure your stomach is in your throat right now but it does get better again.
Welcome to the group. Please feel free to post, ask questions and reach out for support. I had the worst cancer-AML-Acute Myloid Leukemia so I don't have the knowledge of thyroid cancer. I have been in remission since my bone marrow transplant 5.5 years ago. I inderwent 4 rounds of chemo and one round of radiation. I was at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on and off for 3 years. Accept all support that is offered: massage therapy, reiki, art and music therapy. I made many friends there. Everyone here please help our newest member.
I have a slow cancer which was diagnosed 4 years ago. It is not "curable" although palliative treatments are available. So far it's has simply been a case of "wait and see", with a progress check-up two or three times per year. I think one's mental attitude is the best treatment. Accept that it is there, but don't let it preoccupy your thoughts.
This year is 20 years since I had cancer. I had lung cancer and had to have surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I was given a 29% chance of survival after 5 years but I kept a positive attitude and decided that I was going to beat the cancer. It wasn't easy but I had to tell myself that I could beat it to keep going.