That Tear, I was Diagnosed as Thyroid Nodules and Papillary Thyroid Cancer

In recent years, more and more friends who are close to me have suffered from thyroid disorders. I, myself is also a thyroid disorder sufferer. Here I organized some personal experience to briefly discuss some knowledge of the thyroid nodules and anything about thyroid related diseases.

MyPhotoIn 1995, I was 17 years old. A doctor directly touched my neck while doing the physical examination and found a small nodule. Afterwards, I took the ultrasonography at hospital to confirm the size of the nodule and conditions of the peripheral tissue. The doctor suggested that I had to come back to take a B-ultrasound every three months in order to observe the growth of the nodule.

After all, because I was young, by thinking about going to hospital for B-ultrasound every three months, I made an unwise choice and I strongly requested the doctor performing an operation to remove this nodule.

Before I made the decision, I consulted a lot of doctors, but got different suggestion, some suggested me to take the resection surgery and others didn’t suggest so, I was confused. At the time the Internet is not popular like now, it meant  that I could not get enought needed information by Google, I even had compared the common thyroid cancer symptoms with my own, but no piece matched, in fact, I had no any obvious symptoms. Finally, I made up my mind to take the surgery.

The surgery went successful. Because it was discovered in the early stage and also treated early, the peripheral tissue of the nodule was smooth without any adhesion. The nodule was 13×11×19 in size. The doctor also removed the whole thyroid gland tissue on the left side and submitted for biopsy after operation. Finally, the nodule grown in my body was diagnosed as papillary thyroid cancer.

ThyroidIn 1995, the cancer was still an intimidated disease. Therefore, under the repeatedly warning by the doctor, I began to take this disease seriously and concerned about related knowledge.

The initial symptom of papillary thyroid carcinoma is a painless mass in the neck. Most of them could move up and down along with swallowing and a few of them with hoarseness, dysphagia and oppressing sensation. Because I found it early, it had not affected my voice or swallowing. The peripheral tissue was relatively clean without any adhesion. The operation was relatively easier.

Actually, the grade of malignancy of papillary thyroid carcinoma is rather lower.

ThyroidThyroid carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor in the head and neck surgery and it consists of four categories, including papillary adenocarcinoma, follicular thyroid carcinoma, medullary carcinoma and undifferentiated carcinoma, of which the papillary carcinoma is the most common pathological type. The thyroid carcinoma is easily discovered due to its superficial location and it has a good prognosis. The thyroid carcinoma of papillary carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor in the head and neck surgery and it consists of four categories, including papillary adenocarcinoma, follicular thyroid carcinoma, medullary carcinoma and undifferentiated carcinoma, of which the papillary carcinoma is the most common pathological type accounting for 60%-80%. The thyroid carcinoma is easily discovered due to its superficial location and it has a good prognosis. The papillary carcinoma accounts for 80% of thyroid carcinoma and it could occurred in any age but mostly seen in children or women who are under 40 years old. According to investigation, some patients might take the neck X-ray therapy during their childhood. However, we have not had any detailed records about neck X-ray therapy in childhood that may be definitely associated with this disease.

This tumor grows slowly and it could stay in the thyroid for many years. The lesion could either diffuse to other parts of the thyroid and neck lymph nodes via internal thyroid lymphatic vessels from primary site or stay in the thyroid for many years. Therefore, its nature is easily ignored.

Currently, the morbidity of papillary thyroid carcinoma tends to increase with years. In 1995 while I had the operation, the scar in the neck was still drawing attention and rarely seen. But now among my friends, several friends have suffered from this disease and experienced the operation.

Therefore, relative to other cancers, it is the most harmless one.

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