Friday, June 27, 2008

before the operation...

thank goodness the ct scan result is good. the cancer did not spread to any other area.

operation has been confirmed on next friday july 4th morning. the whole process will take about 7 hours. the surgeon will remove the whole thyroid, right side lymph node and 2 right parathyroid. afterward, she will have to stay in the hospital for 4-6 days depending on how she heals.

risks involved:
1. hoarse voice if one of the vocal cord is spoiled; or permanently lose her voice if two cords is spoiled, she will also need to use a tube to breath FOREVER.
2. difficulties on face expression. (if some nerves were damaged)
3. difficulties in raising hands. (i suppose so because the arm muscles is close to the neck)
4. movement of tongue.

she also told me that she will not have any feeling/sensation on her right neck FOREVER. plus a very big scar.

i can sense that she is worried. not much on the operation itself but the future. the future on how she will not be able to control herself, throwing bad temper, or even hate herself for needing people to take care of her...

i can feel her starting to get depressed. i wish there's something i can do. :(

Thursday, June 26, 2008

yes, it's another cancerous object...

little sis updated me last night and told me the biopsy result. the doctor confirmed the unknown shadow on her lymph node is cancer, possibly a near spread from the papillary thyroid cancer.

so an operation is needed. the doctor will make a 4 inches cut from below her right ear all the way down.

she'll do a CT scan later today and an operation could be scheduled as early as next friday...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

not just thyroid?

sister called again last night and told me the operation will be postponed.

and i had a bad feeling when she told me the news. she sounded worried and i could sensed that she was crying earlier.

it turned out that the doctor found a 2mm unknown object on one of the lymph node near to the thyroid in the x-ray taken yesterday.

so instead of operation today, she will be doing another biopsy on the lymph node. and report will be out next week. :(

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

pingpong ball

was chatting with sister on msn earlier. she told me the hospital has taken an x-ray on her and the tumour was about 3cm big!

i was so sad that we didnt make her to do checkup any sooner when she came back to malaysia during chinese new year, when we first discovered a slight swellness on her neck.

i could only joke to ease her tension and told her that she has a pingpong ball on the base of a neck. yeah... a very bad joke.

Monday, June 23, 2008

papillary thyroid cancer

sister called me last friday and confirmed swellon area on her neck was caused by cancerus cells on her thyroid.

she was pretty calm when she told me the news over the phone. however tears were about to burst from my eyes.

she have decided to go with what her doctor recommended, and remove the entire thyroid.

i am worried... but she told me have a papillary thyroid cancer is the best cancer one could have. just that she will be on medicine for artificial thyroid hormone for the rest of her life. she will also not be able to work for few months before her hormone treatment, and wont be able to eat and talk for weeks.

i couldnt think of anything else to say but joked about she may get rid of her hoarse voice and get a sweeter voice after the operation.

the operation will be this wednesday 8am UK time. i hope everything will be well.