Should I remove other half of my thyroid in order to do Tg bloodtest?
Hi everyone! I had a thyroid lobectomy a week ago (in the middle of Covid-19!), due to suspicious nodule that did indeed turn out to be cancer. There was a small incidence of columnar variant cells, but not 100%. Everything was encapsulated in the nodule, they caught it early, and nothing had spread. I am still waiting for my specialist and the board at UCLA to discuss my pathology and make a recommendation as to the best plan for monitoring me moving forward, but my question is this: Do I go for a second surgery to remove the other half of the thyroid (healthy) in order to be able to monitor potential recurrence via the Thyroglobulin blood test? OR, leave everything as it is and monitor via ultrasounds every 6 months? I really don't want to go through a second surgery or be on medication for the rest of my life, but I also don't want to put myself at risk for not detecting recurring cancer. I truly appreciate any thoughts as I'm really not sure what to do! Thank you all!