Thyroid Cancer Stories from Patients and Survivors

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Thyroid Cancer Stories
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Thyroid cancer can be of four main types, which vary in their aggressiveness. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is hard to cure with current treatments, whereas papillary (the most common), follicular, and medullary thyroid cancer can usually be cured.  (National Cancer Institute)

The staging for thyroid cancer patients younger than 55 and those 55 and older are different, so that’s how we’ve separated their stories.

Explore those stories from thyroid cancer survivors below, who share everything from their first symptoms, how they got diagnosed, and navigating life with cancer.


Thyroid Cancer Stories, Under 55

Thyroid Cancer: Papillary | Carmen’s Story

Carmen Yee, Papillary Thyroid Cancer



Cancer details: Most common kind of thyroid cancer
1st Symptoms: Swollen neck
Treatment: Thyroidectomy (entire removal of thyroid), radioactive iodine treatment
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Thyroid Cancer: Papillary, Stage 1 | Jamie’s Story

Jamie Kay, Papillary Thyroid Cancer



Cancer details: Most common kind of thyroid cancer
1st Symptoms: Difficulty swallowing, lump on neck
Treatment: Thyroidectomy (entire removal of thyroid), radioactive iodine treatment
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Thyroid Cancer: Papillary, Stage 1 | Sarah’s Story

Sarah Johnson, Papillary Thyroid Cancer, Stage 1



Cancer details: Spread to lymph nodes
1st Symptoms: Enlarged thyroid
Treatment: Thyroidectomy (entire removal of thyroid), partial neck dissection, radioactive iodine treatment
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Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Stage 2 (Metastatic) | Greg’s Story

Greg Sable, Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Cancer, Stage 2



Cancer details: Spread to lymph nodes
1st Symptoms: Fatigue, lump in neck near Adam’s apple
Treatment: Thyroidectomy (entire removal of thyroid), radioactive iodine treatment
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Thyroid Cancer: Papillary, Stage 2 | Jenna’s Story

Jenna Cordaro, Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Cancer, Stage 2



Cancer details: Spread to lymph nodes
1st Symptoms: Hoarse voice, painful talking, lump in neck near Adam’s apple
Treatment: Thyroidectomy (entire removal of thyroid), radioactive iodine treatment
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