Barnbran's Journey with Papillary Carcinoma, Thyroid Cancer

Survivor: Thyroid Cancer > Papillary Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 65, Stage III

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    I was very surprised to learn that I had Papillary Thyroid Cancer after following incidental thyroid nodules for 5 years.

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a Total Thyroidectomy with central neck dissection.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I had to go on a Low Iodine Diet for a week in preparation for my RAI ( Radioactive Iodine) treatment. Thankfully, I was able to get 2 Thyrogen injections so I did not have to go "HYPO" (hypothyroid). This allowed me to stay on my Synthroid and minimized any potential side effects. After taking a tracer dose of I-123 I had a WBS (whole body scan) followed by my ablation dose of I-131. I then had to remain isolated for 5 days following strict guidelines. Afterwards I had another WBS which showed intense uptake in my thyroid bed only which was great news.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    about 4 years ago
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    Loss

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Oh No

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    • Barnbran
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Oh No

    I was shocked to find out that my nodule grew to 1 centimeter after having ultrasound exams for 5 years and that it was malignant!

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