minerva312's Journey with Papillary Carcinoma, Thyroid Cancer

Patient: Thyroid Cancer > Papillary Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage I

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    • minerva312
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    about 4 years ago
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    Referred for Testing

    Oh No

    I had just begun seeing a new ENT and she told me that she felt something in my neck. She referred me for further testing, starting with blood work and following up with an ultra-sound. The doctor reviewed my results with me and explained that I had Thyroid Nodules on both sides but that the one on the right seemed to need further study. She then recommended that I have an ultra-sound guided needle biopsy. The biopsy results were that I had more than one small cyst on the left side of the thyroid and 1 suspicious 1.2 mm nodule on the right side of the gland.

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    • minerva312
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    about 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Still dealing with hoarseness

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • minerva312
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    over 2 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

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    Had a right side hemi-thyroidectomy Jan 2013 after testing indicated suspicious nodules on right side and several benign nodules on the left. The surgery removed a 1.1 cm papillary carcinoma described as classical type, well-defferentiated. Post surgery, my right vocal cord was paralyzed. In Aug 2013 right thyroid bed follow up biopsy was deemed suspicious. All left side nodules were unchanged and benign at that time. Thyroglobulin levels were and have remained stable. Jan 2014 neck US found a new 1.2x0.7x1.2cm hypoechoic module on right side, but the FNA at that time had scant material and the left side nodules were (including a dominant left nodule biopsied at the time was negative, all other left nodules were still unchanged. I opted to watch and wait. Follow up ultrasounds, FNA's and blood work performed every six months. I am a working actor, although I have recovered my voice since the surgery (miraculously the left vocal cord seems to totally compensate) a completion thyroidectomy which could damage the left recurrent nerve and leave me with a tracheotomy is not a welcome prospect. At my Aug 2014 US the nodule on the right measured 1.2x.0.8x0.9cm compared to 1.2x0.7x1.2cm in Jan 2014. My surgery was at NYU, my ENDO is at MSK.

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