clandis' Journey with Thyroid Cancer

Survivor: Thyroid Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    DX in Dec. 09 of Thyroid cancer that had spread to many lymph nodes. With the spreading to so many lymph nodes, and hearing it was stage 4, I thought my days were numbered!

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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had Bilateral neck dissection with the removal of the thyroid and 60 lymph nodes from both sides of my neck and at the base with resection of the parathyroid and muscle involvement.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    over 4 years ago
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    Radio-active iodine tx

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 156.2 milliCuries of 1-131 RAI TX to remove further thyroid and cancer cells

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    I had sores in my mouth and nose, swelling to my salivary glands, flu-like symptoms with nausea and metallic taste in my mouth for several weeks after treatment. Then 1 year after treatment, salivary glands swelling like I had the mumps.

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  5. 5
    • clandis
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer Free

    Celebration

    Treatment was effective and I have been cancer free since having it. I was told with how extensive the cancer had spread that I would be watched closely for return but I am so thankful to not have it return!

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