Thyroid cancer

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Thyroid lobectomy/ follow up / post surgery flight

JamStevens
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Hello there

I posted that in the general section and was advised to post here instead.

I've been lurking on this site for a while now researching what has been happening to me for the past few weeks. I suppose I'm not sure whether I can really post because I'm not diagnosed with cancer for now ? I do have some questions though so hopefully this is the right place to ask.

I'm a 32 years old woman and have been diagnosed with a thyroid tumour with follicular lesion on a CT scan and FNA, a 6cm nodule on the right side of my neck.

Following this, my consultant/ surgeon recommended a lobectomy. He said he could not be sure whether the tumour was malignant and would need to send it to a lab for tests. I will have the results on the 9th... I'm very stressed about what the feedback would be. I tried to probe my surgeon when he debriefed how the operation went but he wouldn't say whether it looked malignant or not. He only said he did not see any other nodules in there. At the beginning, it was "nothing to worry about", then "looks like a cyst, don't  worry", then "there's a lesion and 30% chance of cancer", all in the course if a few weeks.

I had the surgery Tuesday 24th December and it was an ordeal for me physically- I don't even have family here so going through that on my own was mentally tough, I was actually shaking during anesthesia and crying after waking up.

I had a flight booked for tomorrow too, short haul 40 min to Paris to see my family. I asked the surgeon while being discharged today, is it safe to take this flight ? His answer was evasive, he said there was a risk of bleeding but well, take the flight if you must. 

Anyone has experience flying so quick after surgery ? Is it really dangerous or can I risk it ? I truly want to be with my family asap.

I'm so sorry if I'm all over the place, it's been a rough few weeks.

Thank you

Jam

JamStevens
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Also side question in the off chance someone reads that, is it normal for your surgical cut to ooze some liquid ?? I'm so scared I have fluid dripping from the bandage...

Runner25
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Hi

Sorry you had an operation so close to Christmas.

i am no expert just somebody diagnosed with thyroid cancer which had spread to my lymph nodes. I had my operation in April.

My concern with you flying would be the strain being placed on your neck. It is recommended that you don’t carry anything heavy for at least 2 weeks afterwards. Your neck needs to be supported. Emotionally and physically you will be exhausted. I wouldn’t have thought hanging around an airport so soon after a fairly major operation would be advisable. Could you family not come over and visit?

Sorry not to be more positive. Take care of yourself and remember to rest.

JamStevens
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Thank you Runner. I'm so sorry to read you had to go through this. I hope you are doing better !

You are correct I decided to wait a bit to travel. It's definitely not a good idea :( just hope the scar will heal quickly, I've read people seem to recover fairly promptly.  Thank you for your advice! I hope you have a great  new year

Sonmac0
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Hi,

I'm sorry to hear that you didn’t make your flight. I also had a thyroid lobectomy back in August this year. I had previously booked a holiday which meant I needed to fly to Portugal 6 days later. I made the flight and enjoyed the break but please ensure you only take light hand luggage and you may also need to get a fit to fly note from your doctor. Hopefully you will be able to rearrange the trip when you feel a little better. I hope you start to feel better soon.

Take care of yourself.

x

Lass
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Heya,

Just wondering how things went today?

Lass

xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

JamStevens
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Hi Lass

Thank you for your message.

It's unfortunately follicular cancer and I'm scheduled in for further surgery and treatments. 

Lass
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Hey Jam,

Sorry to hear it turned out to be malignant. I guess it was a decent size of cancerous lump if they're planning on removing the other half as well as giving you RAI.

How do you feel about everything? Did you get to see your family?

If you've any questions, then please do just shout!

Lass

xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Runner25
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Hi Jam

I’m sorry to that you were given that diagnosis. Although it may all seem very daunting I didn’t find RAI therapy difficult. I was very nervous and worried before hand but honestly when the time came I actually enjoyed the peace and quiet.

I hope you get a chance to catch up with your family before your next surgery and treatment.

All the best

Runner x