I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned here before that I had to have thyroid surgery recently? When I was having my PET scans for my Hodgkin’s, they found a hot spot on my thyroid which didn’t change with treatment. I was referred to ENT and after a biopsy came back inconclusive, they decided to operate.
The operation included them removing half of my thyroid gland, and a lovely 3 inch scar on my neck (roughly where a man’s Adam’s apple is). Six weeks after my operation, I got the results.
I had the obligatory chat on the way to the consultation room: “How are you today, Roz?” “OK, I think, I’m hoping YOU can tell ME.”
We walked into the room and there was my surgeon, his registrar, another professor, a nurse, and a nurse counsellor. When there are that many people in the room, it’s never good news.
Doc: “We’ve only had your results back today”
Me: “Right. And…”
Doc: “It’s positive”
Doc: “It’s malignant”
I was only in the consultation room for about two minutes before I was ushered off into a side room with my “key worker”. He’s the person I go to with any worries, questions or concerns. I was told that the type of cancer is “Well differentiated papillary thyroid cancer” which is apparently the best one to have and also the most common one.
They aren’t worried about it, but I wonder how many of the people in that room had to fight one cancer, let alone two.
In comparison to what I’ve already been through, this will be fairly easy. I have started thyroid hormone replacement tablets (which I keep forgetting to take!). I will need another operation to remove the other half of my thyroid gland, and am on the waiting list for this, it will most likely be towards the end of January, beginning of February, and then I will probably need radioactive iodine treatment.
My key worker told me that if I hadn’t have had my scan to stage my Hodgkin’s, it may have been another 10 or 20 years before I noticed a lump because it’s so slow growing, and even then the prognosis would still be good.
So, who’d have thunk it? Two completely different and unrelated types of cancer before the age of 30. I suppose, I could think myself lucky to have had two cancers with good prognosis, but honestly, I’d have rather had none at all thanks.
Here’s to kicking it once more!
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