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Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:44 am
by KerryBaby
I'm 18 years old and was just diagnosed with papillary cancer. Is it common for an 18 y/o to get thyroid cancer? I feel too young! I've heard this is the best cancer to get if I had to get cancer but i'm not convinced.

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:47 am
by EastCoast
I was diagnosed at age 32....about 4 months ago. I was in denial for weeks. I sometimes still tell myself that I don't have cancer. By the time I was diagnosed I was already in surgery and it was out. Luckily, papillary cancer response very well to radioactive iodine treatment. So basically, any cancer left behind should get killed by the radioactive iodine. I think that’s why it is said “if you have to have cancer, papillary cancer is the one to get.” It’s a very treatable cancer and if caught early you can live a normal life expectancy.

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:11 am
by Mary
Hang in there. I know how you feel...I'm going through similar thing right now. I'm dealing with medullary cancer but I'm getting the same surgery.

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 1:41 am
by Pleidies
KerryBaby wrote: Is it common for an 18 y/o to get thyroid cancer? I feel too young!


I was just diagnosed at age 31, the actress Catherine Bell was diagnosed at age 21, and I recently read an article about a high-schooler being diagnosed. 18 is young, but you're really lucky it was caught early.
Good luck with the road ahead!

Here's the article about the high-schooler. (And it's a very positive & inspiring story.)
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/tom-mugavero/index.ssf?/base/columns-0/1242619504317640.xml&coll=3

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 3:38 am
by bransonmomof6
I was just told yesterday I have papillary cancer age 38.WE will get through this..

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 6:51 pm
by Jen1000
I was 26 when I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. I think it is very common for thyroid cancer to happen in young adults. I’m just glad it is very treatable.

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:40 pm
by kmarshall
I was 32 y/o when I was diagnosed. Things have turned out OK. Hang in there.

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:43 pm
by sito456
I was diagnosed after i had tt..Still can believe it it was on june 08 2009. Trying to be strong i thought I was to young as well..but this disease doesnt discriminate..WE Must fight it and stay positive...i also felt the same way when they say its the best cancer to have My dr says 95% curable what did your Dr say.?

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:26 pm
by KerryBaby
Everyone here is so awesome! Thanks for the support. :)

update: I've had my surgery and now I'm getting ready for my radioactive iodine therapy.

My doctor said in my case I would have a 90-95% cure rate. I had a solitary 3.6cm papillary cancer on my right thyroid. So far everything else has been normal. My endocrinologist said after the radioactive iodine treatment I'll have a whole body scan. He said if this was clear my cure rate will go up. Let's hope for normal results!

Re: Papillary cancer at age 18

PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:28 pm
by sito456
Hey Kerry.. hope everything went well with the i-131 treatment..i had mine july 14 and i feel pretty good still hoarse and a little neck pain but overall okay. AWas the creepiest part for you the isolation room with the saran wrapped everything :roll: After i got over that i was fine. Has my wbs after the treatment and have to go back in 6 months and am taking 150 mg of syntroid waiting 6 weeks to my endo appt. trying my est to control my moods you all know what i mean :x