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    Papillary thyroid cancer

    I am 31 years old and got diagnosed with suspected papillary cancer November 2017. I have no family history of thyroid cancer but my mom and her 6 sisters, all have hypothyroidism.

    The mass was 1.3 cm and only on the right side. I had a right side thyroidectomy December 8, 2017. It's been 6 days since my surgery. I see my ENT for the results of the tests on my thyroid today. Hoping that the surgery got it all and I don't have to worry about anything else.

    My scar looks angry. It's not itchy but kind of red and raised. Can't wait for the sutures to be removed.

    I don't really have a question, more of a introduction, as I'm new to this site.
    Last edited by chantal_kev; 12-14-2017 at 08:52 PM.

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    Hi, chantel_kev-

    Welcome to the forum, though I'm sorry you have to be here under these conditions. You have a lot of things going for you, and you have an excellent prognosis. Just a little bump in the road. You can get a lot of great support on this forum.

    My scar looks angry. It's not itchy but kind of red and raised. Can't wait for the sutures to be removed.
    I had a modified neck dissection, and my suture was probably 5-6 inches long. They put a surgical glue over the incision when they were finished, but I agree, it looked "angry," as you said.

    It will heal well. When your sutures come out and the swelling subsides, I'd recommend a daily application of Mederma. It'll help the healing.

    I wish you good results with your future tests.
    Age 52 Male
    early Feb, 2013 - Noticed almond-sized lump in shaving area, right side of neck. No other "classic" cancer symptoms
    late Feb, 2013 - Visited PCP for check-up, PCP advised as lymphoma. Did blood work, orders for CT-scan, referred to ENT
    3/7/13 - CT-scan inconclusive, endoscopy negative
    3/9/13 - FNA of neck mass
    3/14/13 - Received dx of squamous-cell carcinoma, unknown primary
    3/25/13 - CT-PET scan reveals no other active tumors
    3/26/13 - work/up for IMRT
    4/1/13 - W1, D1 of weekly cetuximab
    4/8/13 - W1, D1 of IMRT
    5/20/13 - complete 8 week regimen of weekly cetuximab
    5/24/13 - Complete 35-day regimen of daily IMRT
    mid-July 2013 - CT-PET scan reveals no active tumors, but shows necrotic tissue at site of original tumor
    early Sept 2013 - partial neck dissection to remove necrotic tissue. Assay shows no cancer present.
    Spring 2014 - No signs of cancer
    Spring 2015 - NED
    Spring 2016 - NED
    Spring 2017 - NED
    Spring 2018 - NED

 

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