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Thyroid Cancer

08/15/2008

Question:

Our 23 year-old son had a "multinodular" goiter out in December. It had been watched since age 14 as a goiter. It was compressing the trachea and was recommmended to be take out. It was the size of a grapefruit and had 2 cm follocular cancer. He did radiation and will have to go again this December.

Is this common? Is it the right thing to do? He has never smoked or drank. It seems to be more of an issue with older people. We worry that our son will not be able to get insurance after he gets out of college.

Answer:

Thyroid cancer is not related to drinking or smoking.  Yes, it can affect ability to get private health and life insurance. He should still be able to get group health insurance, though.  He should talk to his own doctor or seek a second opinion on retreatment with radiation.  Not enough information is provided to discuss this treatment issue in this forum.

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Response by:

Jeffrey J Sussman, MD Jeffrey J Sussman, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati