Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thyroid Cancer

Yes, it's true! Lennis has yet one more malady to add to his list of health problems. Truly, this is unbelieveable. When I found out all I could say is..."Really, no really?" (add sarcastic tone for true effect)

The good news is that it is treatable, and not with chemo, but with an iodine based drug that destroys the papillary carcenoma cells. This drug does not have the side effects that chemo does--good news!

Surgery is the other thing that is needed. Lennis will have surgery this Monday, May 10th. Most likely they will remove his thyroid and check the surrounding lymph nodes for cancer. If affected, they too will be removed. He will probably be in the hospital for a few days.

I've been told that if one has to have cancer, that this is the one to get as it has a 95% cure rate. Well, that's good, but could we just have avoided the cancer altogether?