This sounds exactly like what my dad had - his entire thyroid taken out and he had to have the iodine radiation afterwards where he went to Brisbane and sat in a room for 3 days. (we couldn't visit him coz we might get radiated too) Since then he has just had to take pills to replace whatever the thyroid does which he takes every night before he goes to bed. And he is fine now.
I think definitely be grateful, if you had surgery last night and are well enough to make a post on the forum then you are doing extremely well.
Good luck with the Radiation treatment!
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Just read your story, I joined this forum because of my mother currently going through cancer problems. However, my dad had thyroid cancer about 4 yeas back (he turns 60 this year), I actually got the news of him getting cancer the same day my grandmother died, suffice to say it was a pretty rubbish day that day!
Anyways he had an operation to remove his entire thyroid, He went in to the hosptial the morning of the operation and the next day he was up and about and feeling realy happy! He went home after that and that was that. He was tired & a little off for a couple days after but that was it. I think a few months later he had to go have some radiation treatment, which meant sitting in a room for 3 days while he was "radiated". He takes tablets every night to perform the job that the thyroid used to do and he is cured of it now.
I think they say this is the "best cancer" if there is such a thing, in that it has one of the highest cure/recovery rates etc etc.
Hopefully you don't have to wait too much longer to find out your results. And hopefully they say you don't have it.
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Hello I'm Emms
Recently we found out my mother (56) has Ampullary Cancer (located somewhere just outside the pancreas) She has had the Whipple Procedure to remove part of her pancreas, her gall bladder and half of her small intestine.
We are almost 5 weeks out from the procedure and are about to face the possibility of having 6 months of Chemo. My mum seems very adamant that she doesn't want to do it.
I don't want her to give up just yet because her recovery has been so great so far, apart from days where she gets pains and wont eat much which we know to be normal, even though it isn't fun to be sick from time to time.
We know that her cancer was caught in the very early stages and nothing spread any further to any lymph nodes or anything like that.
Would love to know of people that might have gone through the Whipple Surgery, or have gone through it themselves. And also what people think about going through chemo or refusing it etc etc. I will read more on this forum because the small amount I've read so far seems to be helpful to know we aren't alone in going through it.
thanks so much for reading.
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