Stupid question....don't know if we say daughter had cancer

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Stupid question....don't know if we say daughter had cancer
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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 4:31pm

My eldest is filling out forms for college. In December she had half her thyroid removed. There was an incidental finding of a microcarcinoma. The cancer would probably not have been detected for years, had a different problem not warrented the removal of the thyroid lobe. The protocol for a cancer of that size is a lobectomy, which was done. 

On some of the forms it asks if the applicant is a cancer survivor. 

Do I write down yes? (She can't fill out her forms, she isn't 18.)

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997

Maybe I ought to clarify. She needs no treatment other than the surgery she had. She will need annual thyroid ultrasounds and biopsies if needed, but that is NOTHING compared to what other cancer survivors have had to do.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2010

My own personal opinion (from experience) is that I'd never admit on paper that she had anything at all remotely relating to Cancer. For the rest of her life she will pay high premiums based on her health history. While I would celebrate the fact she was a survivor, I would never openly admit in this circumstance since you do have some "grey" area to move around in.You never know these days what's going to happen with people's health history (with the high cost of health insurance employers may start being more selective about their applicants health) and you don't want to ruin any chance of employment she may have later on down the road just because she may have had some questionable cells.

Congrats to your daughter for making the decision to go to college!

Nancy