Video Q&A about Thyroid Nodules and Cancer

Wed, May 3, 2017
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET

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Dr. Mabel Ryder, endocrinologist, and Dr. Travis McKenzie, endocrine surgeon, talk about thyroid nodules and cancer.

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Dr. Ryder and Dr. McKenzie answered questions during the live event.

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What’s the best thyroid replacement drug after the removal of the thyroid for papillary cancer. Currently on Synthroid
Thank you

I had a partial and have been getting pretty frequent hot flashes since surgery. The begin in my face & radiate to my entire body. I did not get them prior to surgery. Could a lobectomy push a person into menopause or could the hot flashes be a result of my thyroid hormones being out of wack? I had the left side removed 5 weeks ago. My follow up isn’t for 2 more weeks. Besides being really tired, that is the only symptom I have really noticed. It is debilitating at times. What can I do to minimize them?

I had a biopsy for a 1 cm nodule. Came back negative. Surgeon does not recommend taking out. My mother has had thyroid cancer twice. Once in early twenties with half removed. Couple of years ago had nodule on remaining with negative biopsy. They removed rest anyway and cancerous tissue found. With that history should I get a second opinion? The surgeon was aware of my mother’s history. He said that the sample was quite large so he feels safe not to do anything.

Hello Doctors,
I am 22 year old female, have been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer 5 months ago and had total thyroidectomy
The cancerous part was a solitary nodule in the isthmus (1×0.8 cm) completely encapsulated with no evidence of capsular invasion.Both lobes were completely free of malignancy .One lymph node biopsied and came back free
My oncologist recommends RAI ablation dose to destroy any residual thyroid cells, he considers me a high risk cuz I’m young and recurrence is pretty much expected at least once in my lifetime
So my question is do I really have to do the RAI? Or I can just do regular thyroglobulin blood tests? my last thyroglobulin level was

My niece, 22, lives in Afghanistan where there is no proper health care services available. She is suffering from a condition very similar to severe tetany attacks for the last 4 months. At the beginning she was having these attacks once a week or once in two weeks but she is having these attacks now several times per day. Her Ca level was shown to be normal. When she gets the attack her hands and feet flexes and she cannot breath for about 20 mins. She feels extremely tired and weak after the attack to the extent that she cannot talk for a few hours. She doesn’t lose consciousness during the attack nor she has any other symptoms of epileptic attack. She is not suffering from any psychological problems. She is having bone pain in her neck, hands and feet for a week after the attack. She also says that she feels her tongue to be so heavy and sometimes cannot talk continuously for a few mins because she feels her tongue to be tired. She doesn’t have any other health issues apart this and she has not been on any long term medications.She has suffered from febrile convulsion as a child. I know this session is for thyroid but if the Endocrinologists can enlighten this issue for me as to what tests to do for her to reach a diagnosis I would really appreciate!
Many thanks
Dr. Alkozai

Thank you for your questions! We will make sure they are collected and asked during the Facebook Live. This Facebook Live has been postponed for now but please continue to ask your question! We will update this thread when the new date is scheduled.

I just had a full thyroid removal for papillary cancer cells in a nodule. Interested in hearing this Q&A for options for follow up care and understanding all aspects of care and testing. I am unsure where to check in for this q&a?

I have a significant family history of cancer, including thyroid (also brain, breast, colon, lymphoma). I also am a cancer survivor, following Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 19, with chemo and radiation treatment. Now at age 37, I recently had a thyroidectomy for papillary micro-carcinoma. The affected nodule was less than a centimeter in size. My surgeon has suggested that it therefor doesn’t require any follow-up (they didn’t remove or test any of my lymphnodes, and I haven’t had any scans). I am still concerned that there may be spread to my lymphnodes (or elsewhere). I am wondering if I should seek a second opinion??

@donnamae

I just had a full thyroid removal for papillary cancer cells in a nodule. Interested in hearing this Q&A for options for follow up care and understanding all aspects of care and testing. I am unsure where to check in for this q&a?

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Hi @donnamae
Great questions about followup. It appears that @dawjed also has questions re followup.

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Why does side (middle) of my neck is very sensitive, sore and painful to touch it. This only happen one in a while.

I’m going to have surgery on May 4 to remove my thyroid I just got diagnosed with thyroid cancer on Monday and it is all moving so quickly. I look forward to the seminar.

I have had my thyroid completely removed. Doctor thought for sure it was cancer, it came back that it was not. Voice box was nicked could not talk for two years. Had problems swallowing also. Now I have sjorgens, gastropheries, non alcohol liver disease, arthritis, lupus, vitamin d defincincy, iron problems, and more.

I had a palipary thyroid carcenoma 4 years ago i did full thyroidactomy and took RAI i did per scans for 2 years following and now im doing ultrasound and thyroglobulin tests every 6 months is this enough? Im always afraid it comes back help plz

@dananorth123

What’s the best thyroid replacement drug after the removal of the thyroid for papillary cancer. Currently on Synthroid
Thank you

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Ethyrox

@macwife

I’m going to have surgery on May 4 to remove my thyroid I just got diagnosed with thyroid cancer on Monday and it is all moving so quickly. I look forward to the seminar.

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Good luck with your surgery tomorrow, @macwife. I hope you can tune into the Video Q&A that will start in 30 minutes. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in the email notice. The video window will appear at the top of the page during the live event and be archived there for viewing any time after the event.

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