Thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid —
gland locatedat the base of your neck, just below your Adam's apple.
Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate,
blood pressure, body temperature and weight.
Wilson's Cancer Journey
I was always concerned about my thyroid as my mom and uncle had thyroid problems. I talked to Dr. Marsh about it and apparently, it takes years for thyroid cancer to grow, so I had it even though he gave me a thyroid exam and called it normal for the last few years.
May 17th - Luckily Dr. Marsh was busy
so I saw Dr. Braunstein who said I had an enlarged thyroid "probably
cancerous" and needed an ultrasound.
August 10th - I had Radiation treatment on my birthday.
Despite treatment, thyroid cancer can return, even if you've had your
thyroid removed. This could happen if microscopic cancer cells spread
beyond the thyroid before it's removed. Thyroid cancer recurrence can
occur decades after thyroid cancer treatment.
Poorly differentiated thyroid cancer is very important to recognize but a relatively uncommon finding. “It is occasionally difficult to know when something should be bumped up to a poorly differentiated carcinoma,” Dr. Hunt said. The growth pattern of poorly differentiated tumors is often trabecular, insular, or solid. Other features can include necrosis, extensive vascular invasion, marked nuclear atypia, and mitotic activity. If there is a component of poorly differentiated tumor in an otherwise well-differentiated papillary or follicular carcinoma, prognosis is affected; some studies have shown that the typical 80 percent to 90 percent five- to 10-year survival in well-differentiated tumors goes down to 70 percent or even as low as 50 percent, depending on how extensive the poorly differentiated regions are.