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Hurthle Cell

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:02 pm
by hurthlecori09
Hi, my initial biopsy showed crowded Hurthle cells, which are considered an offshoot of follicular cancer. I had a partial thyroid removal this past monday. My surgeon is 137 miles away in Seattle. When I called to get my final biopsy results, I was told the pathology report was too long long and complicated and I had to make another long trip into Seattle. This only worried me more and my emotions are all over the place. Is this common practice? I'd think if it was benign, and given the undesired trip to seattle, another day off work etc... I thought they'd tell me this over the phone (if it was benign). My appt. is this Tuesday, July 14th. This waiting is a major stressor.
Also, I have been very drained and worn out. Is this just post op physical conditions or can 1/2 the thyroid cause this? I feel physically worse than the day after surgery.
Anyone relate? Have similar issues?

Re: Hurthle Cell

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:54 am
by kmarshall
I remember feeling like crap too for a few days after surgery. I had two surgeries back to back so I actually felt like terrible for over a week. I think it was the general anesthesia. It’s hard on the body. If you still have half your thyroid it seems like it would take longer to feel hypo if you were going in that direction, but maybe not.

According to my endocrinologist 70% of people can live with half a thyroid without taking thyroid hormone meds. 30% have to take additional thyroid hormone meds. You may be part of the 30% that needs thyroid meds. If you feel tired, fatigue, not yourself you should definitely meet with your endocrinologist for thyroid function tests and labs. Taking thyroid meds is easy…..no side effects with these meds.

I too initially had half my thyroid surgically taken out. My doctor personally called me and told me on the phone that I had papillary thyroid cancer and that I would need a second surgery. He wanted to do it the next day…..he did not mess around. Glad I got it all over with. No point in dragging it out.

Please try hard not to worry too much about your biopsy now. Remember, you are doing the best you can and you have no control over the results. Cancer is a battle you take one step at a time. If it turns out to be follicular cancer then you’ll continue to do the battle. With the modern treatments available follicular cancer has a very high survival and cure rate. I will pray for a good report on Tuesday.

Re: Hurthle Cell

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:20 am
by Susan
Hang in there. Lets wait until Tuesday before we jump to any conclusions. Hug.

Re: Hurthle Cell

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:09 am
by Dawn123
My doctor would not give any results good or bad over the phone. It was hospital policy. Cyber hug…and another hug.