Sue's last question got me thinking of a question of my own. For any of you who have had a thyroidectomy… When you visit your endocrinologist, does he/she still examine your neck? Mine did at my last visit, and she told me that she will continue to do so because it's possible for thyroid tissue to grow back, and more likely for it to happen in patients who were hyperthyroid.
I'm wondering if this is normal or if she's doing this for me in particular because I had such a large nodule that was suspicious for cancer. It was benign, but it was a type of tumor that was encapsulated and is only considered malignant if the cells escape the capsule. The pathologists couldn't find any that escaped, but with such a large tumor, my surgeon was a little concerned that something might have been missed and she wants me to have annual blood tests for a cancer marker anyway.