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The doctor said that he wants to do a total thyroidectomy for carcinoma. But if it's only suspicious, why would they do something so extreme?

The doctor said that he wants to do a total thyroidectomy for carcinoma. But if it's only suspicious, why would they do something so extreme?

Thyroidectomy: For most thyroid cancers, surgery is the first line treatment. Without having all the information, your question is hard to answer, but your surgeon must be seeing something that concerns him/her. It's best to ask your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Please help! what is the treatment of choice for papillary carcinoma thyroid discovered in a hemi thyroidectomy specimen?

Please help! what is the treatment of choice for papillary carcinoma thyroid discovered in a hemi thyroidectomy specimen?

Options: Typically, if the carcinoma is 1cm or larger, then the other half of the thyroid is removed. If it is smaller than 1cm and unifocal (as opposed to multifocal), then the other side can be observed or removed. However, it really depends on multiple factors that you and your surgeon will have to discuss. ...Read more

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Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?

Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?

Residual thyroid: The surgeon cannot remove every last remnant of thyroid. This is why RAI is often given after thyroidectomy, to mop up any residual thyroid tissue-normal or cancerous. The US may just be detecting residual thyroid that the surgeon did not get. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy and have gained 20 pounds despite being in a pharmaceutical hyperthyroidism state to treat papillary carcinoma. ?

I had a total thyroidectomy and have gained 20 pounds despite being in a pharmaceutical hyperthyroidism state to treat papillary carcinoma. ?

It is likely from Fo: It is likely due to excess of calorie intake. Low thyroid levels do not cause this kind of rapid weight gain. You need to start cutting on your Food/calories consumed and begin to do some daily exercise. Start with a daily walk for 20-30 minutes and eat mostly plant based foods and cut down on meats, dairy products and all fast foods and foods with high sugar content. Aim for losing 1 pound/wk ...Read more

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Hi,I had a partial Thyroidectomy in 2008 (papillary carcinoma)I've just had a CT scan that said lobulated heterogenous appearance.Normal?

No: I believe for carcinoma of the thyroid we still recommend total thyroidectomy. You need to see a surgical specialist for endocrine diseases ASAP ...Read more

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After total thyroidectomy with a small papillary carcinoma and no lymph involvement, what is recommended TSH level? Fam history of bone cancer

After total thyroidectomy with a small papillary carcinoma and no lymph involvement, what is recommended TSH level?  Fam history of bone cancer

low normal: With a history of thyroid cancer, we usually want to see the TSH in the low normal or mildly suppressed range (0.2 to 1.0). The family history of bone cancer is unrelated. ...Read more

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Swelling around nail, yellow discloroation 26 yr old male, (if relevant: total thyroidectomy (papillary carcinoma) jan 2011). Swelling around the tip of finger to first joint of right ring finger. Yellow discoloration on cuticle and further around nail. P

Swelling around nail, yellow discloroation 26 yr old male, (if relevant: total thyroidectomy (papillary carcinoma) jan 2011). Swelling around the tip of finger to first joint of right ring finger. Yellow discoloration on cuticle and further around nail. P

Nail : Nail bed infections are called paronychia (try pronouncing that one) and they happen when the skin and soft tissue next to the nail bed get infected from a break in the skin. They are usually caused by staph and strep which are common skin contaminants. When they stay localized to the nail bed then hot soaks and some over the counter antibiotic ointment works well. However when you start to feel pain in the arm and up into the lymph nodes under the arm , then physicians worry about "blood poisoning" or spread of the bacterial infection from the nail bed into the lymph system. So that's a doctor visit and i wouldn't wait too long to be seen. Doubt it's related to your thyroid cancer however. ...Read more

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I had thyroidectomy for cancer last month and now have sharp pains in my thigh. Are these connected?

I had thyroidectomy for cancer last month and now have sharp pains in my thigh. Are these connected?

Hypocalcemia: If you are hypocalcemic, a common side effect from thyroidectomy, you can develop sharp pains. See you doctor and get your calcium and PTH levels checked. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more