Newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer and have 2 main concerns
Hi all. I just got my biopsy results a few days ago. The 2.2 CM nodule in my right lobe was suspicious for Bethesda Cat 5 papillary carcinoma. I have an appointment on April 12th with the surgeon who will presumably operate on me. Until I meet with him, I won't know whether he'll recommend a thyroidectomy or lobectomy.
After reading these Q&As, I am particularly concerned about the hormonal changes that will occur after having my thyroid removed. People have described changes to their quality of life, lost relationships, and general misery. I am petrified of this outcome. I'm 65 years old and I was hoping to enjoy the next couple decades.
Secondly, it seems that some people have had good experiences with dessicated thyroid vs the typically prescribed Synthroid or Levo. Do endocrinologists generally disapprove of dessicated thyroid, or are they willing to prescribe it? Anyone have any insight into this debate, or can you tell me about your experience with either form of thyroid replacement? Do thyroid replacement drugs work for anyone, or is everyone miserable? Am I only seeing the horror stories?
Thanks in advance for any help or reassurance you can give me.