I was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer in my right thyroid and have had both thyroids removed, I was put on 125 mg of levothyroxine. I was with the oncologist on Tuesday about my RAI treatment (which is on the 13th of June ) and she has put my levothyroxine up to 150 as my Tsh level not low enough. I now feel so  down? I just feel I could cry and I'm so angry at the minute, is this normal? 

Thanks for your help


  • Hi Lily60.

    My name is Helen and I’m one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists.

    Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the online community. I see you’ve found some of our support groups online and I hope you’ll find them supportive and helpful.

    I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis and that you are feeling angry and down. It is common to have many different emotions when you have a cancer diagnosis, and these can be difficult to cope with.

    There is no right or wrong way to feel, but sadness and anger are common feelings to have.  Many people also find they have a mixture of emotions after thyroid surgery. This is natural as your body adjusts to the effects of the surgery.

    We would suggest speaking to your oncologist about how your feelings have changed since your levothyroxine dose was increased. They will be able to tell you whether they think this could be related to the change in your mood.

    There are many ways you can get help with your emotions, You may be able to speak to someone in one of our information and support centres, or you can go to our website to find more local support in your area.

    Many people do not like talking about cancer and how it is affecting them. You may find the idea of talking upsetting or uncomfortable. But talking to someone about how you feel can help you cope with your emotions. Talking about things can make you feel supported.

    I hope this information has been helpful, but if you need any further support please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

    Best wishes

    Helen, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email.


    Ref/ HM