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A 42-year-old female asked:

Papillary cancer was found in the left lobe thyroid, but not in preliminary results so my right lobe left in w/2 nodules. what is the usual tx now?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Seek expert advice: It is best to seek a second opinion from an expert. You should find a Head & neck surgeon or a Endocrinologist who can advice you what to do further. For small cancers(under 1cm) a partial removal of thuyroid gland may be an adequate treatment provided the other lobe of thyroid is healthy and free from tumor. If the tumor was over 1 cm in size, you will likely be advised total thyroidectomy.
Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
Common scenario: This happens quite often. Most ENT's and oncologist would advise you now have your right thyroid lobe removed and examined by a pathologist to rule out papillary carcinoma in the right lobe. Best of luck.

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