Clear Scan, hooray! (Thyroid)

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   Posted 5/14/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ladies-
Almost one full year to the day, and I should be able to put my thyroid cancer behind me. Yea!

Thankfully this was way easier than breast cancer. Yesterday I went in for the radioactive pill, went back today for the scan. 15 minutes for head/ neck and 15 minutes for chest. This was a radioactive iodine, so that only thyroid tissue takes it up and then it glows on the scan, to search for any remnants of thyroid tissue. Tissue in the neck might mean that some tissue did not get ablated last year. Hot areas in the chest would mean mets to the lungs (which is still treatable).

If there was any thyroid tissue, then it would mean having to go off my thyroid hormone for 2 weeks (we call it hypo hell) and a low iodine diet (brutal) for the 2 weeks, then another round of radioactive iodone therapy to try again and dissolve any remnants.

Endo said to have a great summer and I'll see him in October. Unlike BC, this really is it and considered cured. I seem to defy the odds to get cancer but thankfully my cancer has behaved in the positive end of the statistical curve.

Happy dancin' and hugs to you all!

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   Posted 5/15/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
That is wonderful news, Lori. At least you have one worry you can put behind you. Wish we could say the same for BRCA. Maybe in your lifetime, you'll be able to...would love to say I think in MY lifetime, but I think that's asking a lot.

BTW...daughter is not going to Mich. for her PhD. She's decided on New York, where she can study under her "guru." She turned down some really good offers to go there, so I hope he appreciates what he's getting! (Although I know she won't have any problem making that abundantly clear from day 1...LOL)

Again, congrats on the clean test results. I know that must be a HUGE relief.

Love and hugs...
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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