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  • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

    My (layperson) understanding is that patients do not need Tg TgAb for this condition. It is said not to be cancer and so cancer screening is not required. Not sure why the OP had a total thyroidectomy. One would have thought a hemi would have been enough. I definitely would follow up on the enlarged lymph nodes with my doctor if it was me. Best wishes, OP.

    January 18, 2018 view post
    • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

      Thanks so much for posting these ToddlerDad. Most interesting! I started watching one 1 1/2 hour session, intending to only watch a bit and set it aside till later, but 'couldn't put it down' as it were, and watched the whole thing in one sitting. Such articulate and knowledgeable speakers.

      January 12, 2018 view post
      • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

        I had a tumour that measured the same as yours preoperatively - 3.8 cms. I did not have RAI. I was told that my treatment or non-treatment (no RAI) aligns with the new American guidelines. My surgery was two years ago. Last Tg was 1.8 but stable. Six-monthly ultrasounds have been negative (got another due tomorrow!).

        November 21, 2017 view post
        • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

          Unless you have the decimal points in the wrong place your Tg levels are very high. Tg should be <2ug/litre and preferably undetectable. Mine is 1.8ug/L and that makes me edgey. Was your doctor concerned last year with a Tg of 41.0? Was your synthroid increased last year? What is your TSH? If your TSH is elevated it may be driving up your Tg.

          November 03, 2017 view post
          • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

            Removing just half the thyroid is the usual approach for suspected follicular thyroid cancer as FTC cannot be confirmed outside of the pathology lab. 'Neoplasm' means a growth which may be benign or malignant. It does not mean cancer. It can be a pity to remove the whole thyroid gland if the growth ends up being benign since the remaining thyroid will still function and help to (naturally) provide the thyroid hormo...

            October 27, 2017 view post
            • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

              Removing just half the thyroid is the usual approach for suspected follicular thyroid cancer as FTC cannot be confirmed outside of the pathology lab. 'Neoplasm' means a growth which may be benign or malignant. It does not mean cancer. It can be a pity to remove the whole thyroid gland if the growth ends up being benign since the remaining thyroid will still function and help to (naturally) provide the thyroid hormone...

              October 27, 2017 view post
              • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

                Removing just half the thyroid is the usual approach for suspected follicular thyroid cancer as FTC cannot be confirmed outside of the pathology lab. 'Neoplasm' means a growth which may be benign or malignant. It does not mean cancer. It can be a pity to remove the whole thyroid gland if the growth ends up being benign since the remaining thyroid will still function and help to (naturally) provide the thyroid hormone...

                October 27, 2017 view post
                • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

                  Hi Linda, Sorry that you are going through such a worrying time. I had a 4cm tumour, thyroid removed nearly two years ago and, so far, doing fine. The next step for you will probably be a biopsy to try to assess whether the nodule is cancer. Biopsies can be inconclusive sometimes unfortunately but, one step at a time is the best way to go with this because thyroid disease is a complex matter and there is a lot to ge...

                  October 14, 2017 view post
                  • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

                    Yes, it seems to me that people sometimes go private because they do not want others to challenge them. I belong to another TC message board where a member regularly steers patients away from treatment. He or she may well work for an insurance company wanting to limit claims. Who would ever know? The person always provides evidence for his/her opinion but the evidence always swings one way. When challenged, the perso...

                    September 29, 2017 view post
                    • Brenda059 has replied to a post on the message board

                      In around a third of thyroid cancer patients the cancer will return. Unlike with other cancers, recurrence is NOT the end of the road. Surgeons treat the recurrence and the patient moves on. I don't know your mother's details of course, but recurrence in thyroid cancer is common and, most often, treatable. She has every reason for optimism. Thankfully TC does not behave like most other cancers. As for your mum stil...

                      September 04, 2017 view post
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