What are Thyroid Cancer Surgeries? List from Cancer Survivors

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Thyroid Cancer Surgeries

Lymph Node Removal, Re-excision Surgery, Thyroidectomy, Lobectomy, Lumpectomy, Reconstructive Surgery

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Surgeries.

Total Neck Thyroidectomy
Total Thyroidectomy with a neck Disection twice
Total thyroidectomy on May 8, 2008. Found cancer on both sides of my thyroid and into my lymph nodes. Incision area is sore and itchy. Met with the surgeon on May 16 and he removed the bandages. Advises me to use sunscreen daily and my scar shouldn't be as noticeable. Also had a hard time swallowing for a few days after surgery. Most likely caused by the breathing tube inserted during surgery. A week later and I can swallow without pain. The week after surgery I would feel great for awhile and then become really tired. My calcium level did dip a little and I have been taking calcium supplements that make me nauseous.
Right Lobectomy Nov 3/08 - 6 cm tumour removed More surgery Nov 26/08 for the left side
Bilateral neck dissection 4/2/09. Minimal side effects; just a continuous itch in my throat that is only relieved with continuous coughing.
11/08 Total Thyroidectomy and 25+ lymph node removal 6/09 Para-tracheal, bi-lateral and right neck dissection
Total Thyroidectomy, 04/2009
5/8/2009 Paratracheal neck dissection, total thyroidectomy with 11 lymph nodes removed.
Total thyroidectomy to remove 3 masses, on May 11, 2009
removed rightside of my thyroid because of a large goiter ( multi nodule cyst).Now Imust go back for second surgery. wanting to get a 2nd patholgy test ???
Surgery wasn't that bad Dec.27th, 2008 Haven't felt 100% like myself
9/06 - Thyroidectomy - right vocal cord paralysis
Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital,Oct. 21, 2009. Total thyroidectomy, bilateral central & right lateral neck dissection, autotransplant of one parathyroid.Removal of 75 lymph nodes; 26 malignant
**update** had TT and the surgery was successful. I advice you to sit back and observe this site first before the final result then you can ramble on. I did ramble on thru cancer scare before final result so I regret it. If it comes up negative, you won't get over the cancer scare for the rest of your life. Mark my words.
Complete thyroidectomy September 9, 2009
Surgery on 01/10/2010 Removed most of thyroid. Left some on right.
Thyroidectomy on 1/26/2010
Total thyroidectomy 6/09 - also removed lymph nodes and neck tissue
June 9, 2008: Subtotal Thyroidectomy August 21, 2009: Substantial Thyroidal Mass Surgery
Had a thyroidectomy March 2003 with an RAE131 ablation 8 weeks later, had residual thyroid cells on the thyroid bed ablated 18 months later. everything was GREAT until Oct. 2009 when I felt a bump on the side of my neck and my then endro. assured me that everyone had them, but then my Primary provider decided to send me to a thyroid specialist who first ordered a CT scan and then a Lymphectomy which proved to be cancerous with Papillary Cancer. Because of the Holidays and other scheduling conflicts on the doctor's part the surgery was put off until Feb 24 2010. I had a right neck dissection in which 28 Lymph Nodes were removed along with the outer jugular vein were removed. 8 of the 28 lymph nodes were canerous. Had 217 mCi of RAI June 16, 2010 had to wait until Nov. 30 to a PET scan which showed that the RAI had not killed the cancers and also that the cancers that were on the 4 lobes of the lungs had grown. I have now been diagnosed as a Pulmonary Mestastic Diesease patient.
Total thyroidectomy. Surgery was a cake walk. Great surgeon, almost no pain. One single pill after surgery NOTHING ELSE! Felt great the next day and the day after. (sat & sun) went to work for a short time on Monday, Half a Day Tuesday and Wednesday. Took the rest of the week off, Hypo set in.
Completed thyroidectomy on 2/24/10 was a breeze. Vocal chord damage.
Thyroidectomy and removal of tumour on May 5th, 2010. Tumour the size of a nectarine and it spread to two lymph nodes on the right side.
Aug. 15, 2008. Total thyroidectomy with left neck dissection. Side effects: keloid scar (greatly improved with steroid shots and pressure bandages), range of motion problems, voice problems, diminished parathyroid function. I take calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
9/2002 - Partial thyroidectomy 11 days later - total thyroidectomy
Total Thyroidectomy, March 15, 2005, excessive calcionemia which extended hospital stay by 3 days.
Had my first surgery in May 2010 to remove a non-cancerous mass (which was found by accident). However during my followup appointment was informed the pathology report came back positive and had to have another surgery
Total Thyroidectomy, 07/06/2007 - 15 weeks pregnant
Going to talk to the surgeons on Friday 23rd July 10
4/27/10: Fine needle biopsy of lump 6/04/10: Total thyroidectomy
June 2007 Total Thyroidectomy - calcuim dropped and extended my stay for 2 more days. 12/1/09 Left neck disection - removal of my lymp nodes - I was under longer than planned and I was soo sick with nausea during my stay in the hospital that and numbness from top of my ear to the top of my shoulder.
First ultrasound in April, 2009 and FNA in June, 2009. Identified a non-cancerous growth. Ultrasound a year later in June 2010 revealed a 30% increase in size. Surgery: July 21, 2010 - hemithyroidectomy of the right lobe. Pathology revealed Papillary carcinoma. Second surgery: Scheduled for August 19, 2010 - remaining thyroidectomy. And then Radioactive Iodine down the line...
8.18.10 - fine needle biopsy performed. 8.24.10 - scheduled CT scan for neck and chest area.
Full Thyroid Removal
I had a total Thyroidectomy in October 2009. It was determined after the surgery that the 5cm goiter removed was cancerous. I was diagnosed with Follicular Thyroid Cancer.
I had a total thyroidectomy in April. They also removed twenty-some lymph nodes on the left side of my neck.
Total thyroidectomy scheduled for October 8, 2010
04/15/10 - Ultrasound 04/27/10 - First FNA Biopsy 07/05/10 - Thyroid scan w/ RAI tracer 07/14/10 - Second FNA Biopsy w/ molecular marker testing 07/26/10 - Told I most likely have thyroid cancer 08/13/10 - Total Thyroidectomy 08/18/10 - Diagnosis confirmed: follicular carcinoma of the thyroid
My surgery went well. It was on July 29th, 2008
Set. 28 2010 full radical neck disection lympadenctmy, 39 lymph nodes ,full thyrodectomy Feb 2012 neck disection lympadenctmy 12 more. Still a lot left.
Hello i just had my surgery on Friday November 5th, I had a tumor that was going to be removed upon finishing the surgery the surgeon told me that he had to remove my whole thyroid because the tumor had Cancer. I'm still very dizzy, depressed have a lot of body ache. Feel drained and very tired.
6/10/15 Total thyroidectomy and relocation of parathyroid glands. Removal 15 lymph nodes.
Diagnosis July 1, 2010...Remainder thyroidectomy and radical neck dissection July 20, 2010....
Total Thyroidectomy and Lymph Node Removal 5/21/2010 - Have been struggling with the effects of hypothyroidism since then.
Total Thyroidectomy February 18, 2011
I had my surgery 1/20/11. Swelling, pain, and exhaustion run my life currently. Now that I am a couple of weeks post-op I can't believe how emotional I am. I feel like a roller coaster. I want to know if others feel this way. Pain is decreasing now.
1/29/2011 surgery to remove thyroid
Hemithyroidectomy on January 3, 2011 revealed papillary carcinoma. Capsular invasion was noted on the pathology report as well as extension into the adiopse tissue. Also noted was cancer extension into the "inked margins" of the specimen. During the surgery, they also removed a 1cm parathyroid follicular adenoma. Second surgery to remove the remaining lobe scheduled for March 25.
Total Thyroidectomy with some lymph removal, 12/27/10. Surgery was a breeze. Recovery was quick. NOw to get these meds straight.
Thyroidectomy with neck dissection scheduled May 9, 2011
Biopsy- Dec 2010 Thyroid Removal and possible lymph nodes- May-4-2011
Right lobectomy In February 2011. Tumors were benign, but thyroid was cancerous. Complete thyroidectomy and neck dissection on March 17, 2011 showed that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Really tired and sore, hot flashes, but mostly just really tired. I'm now off of my medds and on the no sodium torture dietawaiting RAI treatment at the end of the month!
complete thyroidectomy and bilateral neck dissection. 68 lymph nodes were removed and 24 were malignant
Since half my thryoid was substernal and huge, it wouldn't come out through the standard thyroid incision. I had to have a sternotomy along with a partial right lobe thyroidectomy. When the pathology report came back showing cancer, they had to remove the remaining portion of my right lobe in a second surgery two months later.
April 2nd, 2010, complete thyroidectomy. Drops in calcium levels, extreme hot flashes, mingled with cold. Some throat soreness and raspiness.
Surgery #1 July 1st 2011. Surgery #2 July 18th 2011.
Total tyroidectomy 8-2011. Surgery went great. Spent one night in hospital and went shopping the day I left :)
I am scheduled for surgery on Sept 9, 2011...a little nervous to be honest
9/7/11
September 19, 2011
March 2011 removal of tumour & right side of thyroid as cancer was suspected. Left side then removed in May 2011. Tumour was very posterior & difficult to get to. Very sore after first surgery. Second was easy in comparison.
Surgery - Thyroidectomy, Date - Sept 12th 2011, Side Effects - Chronic Nausea, Strained Vocal Cords, & Breathing Issues.
Thyroidectomy, October 5th / 2011.
Just had surgery on October 12th,2011 and the scar is pretty big but worth it.
Thyroidectomy in two steps - April 2011 Very uneventful - some vocal chord stunning but recovered completely. A true answer to prayer as she is a soprano! Left neck dissection June 2012 Right neck dissection March 2013
January 2010, got over surgery quickly
First surgery was July 2011 - biopsy presurgery indicated the lump was benign but it was removed as a precaution. Post surgery results indicated that the lump was cancer. Complete thyroidectomy done December 27, 2011.
Surgery was close to 6 hours. They removed the thyroid and 26 lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. The surgery was June of 2011. The recovery was not as bad as I thought is was going to be. I spent 2 nights in the hospital. The one big negative was that I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
Went in April (2011) for thyroidectomy. Previous biopsy showed no cancer but path report came back positive.
Had a Right Hemi Thyroidectomy and will be having the left thyroid removed in the near future.
Left thyroid lobectomy, 3/13/12 to remove a nodule. The nodule came back as cancer. Completion thyroidectomy on 4/13/12. No side effects except resulting hypothyroidism. My scar has healed very well and I feel good.
surgery went better than expected! Healing was quick. I actually feel better after surgery than before! :)
8/9/11: Total Thyroidectomy
right lobectomy with isthmusectomy June 1, 2012 completion of thryroidectomy June 8, 2012
August 7th 2012 - Total thyroidectomy and central dissection plus removal of one parathyroid
October 5 th, 2012. Thyroidectomy with full neck dissection. 3 draining tubes and full neck swelling. 86 lymphnodes removed with 14 showing Papillary Cancer. Upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 3. Prognosis remains the same. Treatable.
Total thyroidectomy on 14th of June. Surgery went for almost 4 hours. Not any major side effects. Just some pain in throat and difficulty speaking and eating.
Thyroidectomy October 9 and November 15th, 2012, sightly tired one week only
6 surgeries in 2 years. Another one to follow in Jan.
Thyroidectomy and deep neck dissection
Surgery date was election day....November 6th 2012. I spent three nights at UCLA Medical Center.
February 28, 2014
Surgery on Nov. 23, 2013. Radical neck dissection and thyroidectomy. 64 lymph nodes removed.
4/11/14: Total thyroidectomy, central compartment neck dissection, and modified radical neck dissection. Side effects: severe sore throat, swelling, bruising, stiffness, trouble swallowing.
SURGERY ON JUNE 13 2011, HAD PARALYZED VOCAL CHORD AFTER SURGERY WITH POSSIBLE CHRONIC VOICE HOARSENESS AND SOMETIMES VOICE LOSS.
Thyroidectomy, May 21, 2014
Left side neck dissection, total thyroid removal on March 13, 2014. Side effects: vomit, nausea from anesthesia. 2nd surgery to fix a leak from temporary tubes. Low calcium levels.
Right side Taken out on 7/25/2013 and then the left side was taken out on 9/11/2013. I recovered quickly from both
Complete Thyroidectomy and lymph node removal on July 16, 2014
Left side lobectomy, 7/14/14--terribly sore throat and neck. Lost one parathyroid in surgery. Thyroidectomy completion, 8/18/14--low calcium, lost a second parathyroid. Headaches, stomach cramping.
Thyroidectomy scheduled for 3-31-15
Thyroidectomy with neck dissection also had a tonsillectomy! Do NOT get a tonsillectomy with your thyroidectomy if you can avoid it!
The surgeon removed the right side of my thyroid. The medicine I was given to knock me out during surgery made me SICK AS A DOG. After surgery it was determined that I have cancer. I will soon be getting second side of thyroid removed and them going through radiation treatment.
Total Thyroidectomy, 6/18/15
May 10, 2016 went in for a salivary gland removal, came out with intact salivary gland but cancerous lymph nodes. The surgeon removed 9 from the right side of my neck. Side effects were extreme selling in my neck to the point of trouble reading, drinking and breathing. I was hospitalized for 2 nights.
Thyroidectomy and lymph node removal -bilateral 7.11.16 swelling,numbness, tightness around neck
Full thyroidectomy with left neck dissection and removal of 7 lymph nodes (12/6/2016). Laringospasm while coming out of sedation led to reintubation in surgical ICU for 24 hours followed by 24 hours observation in a regular hospital room. Swelling above collarbone and left neck. Pain in peri-cardinal membranes, neck, collarbone, forehead, jaw. Numbness in neck, under the chin, right tip of the tongue.
Radical neck dissection
complete thyroidectomy on 1/24/2017; also 9 metasticized lymph nodes removed side effects: fatigue over first 3 weeks; hoarseness; loss of singing voice (showing gradual return as of 3/30/17; some difficulty swallowing
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