Daughter had partial thyroidectomy

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Daughter had partial thyroidectomy
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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 7:27pm

Well, Bre had a partial thyroidectomy. The lobe itself was 8cm and the nodule was another 3cm. The suprise was an incidental microcancer.... .4mm. That huge nodule was a blessing in disguise. The protocol for a microcancer is removal of the lobe, which was done because of the nodule. 

Her recovery so far has been great!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-1999
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 3:56pm

That was a blessing in disguise!  Good to hear that she is doing well and won't have to have the usual post- cancer treatments.  Did she have an ENT for her surgeon?  Is her voice doing okay?

Calley7
Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 3:32pm

Hi Calley,

She had a surgeon who has 2 specialties: endocrine surgery and breast cancer surgery. WONDERFUL surgeon, with just the right bedside manner. It has been almost 3 months, and we have learned that Brigid has to start taking thyroid medication. As of right this minute, she is refusing as she is one of the leads in the musical 9-5 this week. She wants to wait until Sunday to start the meds. Since she is asymptomatic at the moment, I will give her until Sunday (we just found out yesterday the result of the bloodwork she had done ON THE 6th, so I guess the NP wasn't too concerned to get back to us.) As you probably could tell, her voice is fine!.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-1999
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 9:26pm

That's interesting that she needs to start on the meds.  I had one lobe removed way back in 1975 and never went on meds since my other lobe kept working - actually too well.  Even with one lobe gone, I was hyperthyroid for years and years.  In fact, it took at least a couple of years after my other lobe was removed before I actually moved into the "normal" range.  I still have a sliver left so maybe that's working.  I sometimes skip a day or two (or three) in a week since I tend to not really need the meds every day - at least from what I can tell.  It's a pain sometimes to take the pill before you get up for the day.  Does your daughter know that you have to take the meds an hour before you eat breakfast or take any other meds, etc.?  It absorbs better that way.  You can check with your pharmacist on the exact rules for the med.  It's good to hear her voice is fine.  Mine was okay too after my partial in '75.  

Calley7
Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:01am

Honestly, we haven't even discussed the meds with her yet, although she knows she has to take them. She is so wrapped around making sure she keeps her grades up (she wants to be valedictorian) and performing in the musical that I am not even talking about it until Sunday. 

Our pharmacist said that she can take the meds 1/2 before breakfast, which will work okay for her. She has to get blood work in 6 weeks again.