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Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer
Papillary thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed in women. If discovered early the chances of a full recovery is great.
By: Elaine Savard
Papillary thyroid cancer, if not discovered in time, can spread to the thyroid area tissues and to the lymph nodes. The metastasis of this cancer can also be found in the lungs.
When a patient has surgery to have a partial or a total thyroidectomy, some lymph nodes will be removed and sent for a biopsy making sure that the carcinoma has not spread.
If the biopsy proves that the thyroid cancer has spread, further treatment with radioactive iodine may be required. This protocol requires the patient to let there body go into a hypothyroid state by going off their thyroid hormone replacement medication. A low iodine diet will have to be adhered to for two weeks prior to the treatment. This diet is necessary so that any remaining thyroid cells will be starving for iodine and will absorb the radioactive iodine causing the cells to die.
President Fernandez will have to be on thyroid hormone replacement medication for the rest of her life. With the total thyroidectomy, these hormones are necessary to continue the important functions of the missing thyroid gland.
The e-book “The Thyroid Gland In Simple Terms” explaining the important functions of this master gland of the body can be found at www.papillarythyroidcancerguide.com This website provides much more information about papillary thyroid cancer.
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ABC's of Papillary Thyroid Cancer at www.papillarythyroidcancerguide.com provides the basic information about thyroid cancer taken from Savard's experience with the disease. A papillary thyroid survivor since 1997 and having received 5 radioactive treatments, the website provides valuable information and tips to be able to deal with thyroid carcinoma a little easier.