|Entry # 34 Year Three Appointment After Thyroid Cancer Treatment|
|My Story - Life After Cancer|
|Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00|
My 3 year checkup is here. My multifocal papillary thyroid cancer was treated surgically and with radioactive iodine-131 in 2009. I always get a little anxious after the lab work returns. Actually, I think my wife gets more anxious then I do. I guess she wants to keep me around for awhile :)
I am currently taking 137 mcg of Synthroid daily. My energy levels are good. My weight has not changed since the initial surgery in 2009. I have no symptoms of either hyper or hypothyroidism. So overall, I am doing well.
Here is most current lab work results:
The endocrinologist was very kind and supportive. She was a fellow in her last year of fellowship training. The first thing she said to me was:
"YOU ARE CURED FROM THYROID CANCER!"
This was reassuring. She found no reason to be worried of recurrences at this point. The endocrinologist was very please with such a low thyroglobulin (Tg) level. She stated that with a thyroglobulin (Tg) level that low there is little chance of any recurrence. This was music to my ears.
She also stated I will not have to do a full body scan or stimulated thyroglobulin test for a few years. She recommended that I can be monitored yearly with a regular thyroglobulin test. That's a simple blood test that can be done anywhere.
Secondly, she said I need to decrease my Synthroid levels. The endocrinologist was concerned that I was too hyper. So my new dose has been decrease to 125 mcg daily. So lets see where this dose takes me. I will have to get my TSH and FT4 retest in a few months.
Life is good!