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Thyroid Cancer


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I found out last week that i have thyroid cancer, got my medical clarence yesterday, so i will be going into the hospital end of of the month for the operation, has anyone had this operation, and how did it effect you after the operation. is thyroid cancer in anyway connected to AO. would apprecieate any input from people who have already has this operation. when i was at my BVA hearing i talk to one of the people working there, i told him i was having the operation, he told me to put in a claim under AO as long as your doctor states it is more likely that not cause by exposer to AO.

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Iwant to say thanks to everyone who answered my e-mail, i feel a little better, i had two ultrsound test done, one showed hypoechoic solid left lobe and some colloid cyst on the right lobe i also had THS and free t-4 testing, they always seem to be high, had a second ultra sound. this one showed cyst on both sides of the thyroid and tumors,

I. Thyroid Ultrasound[feb 3,2006]

simple cyst, imferior pole, right thyroid lobe

2.thyroid ultrasound[Aug4, 2006]

follicular adenoma or adenomatous colloid; hypoechoic nodule, left throid nodule, r/o papillary Carcinoma

3. Tyuroid Scan[sept 25,2006}

Hypofunctioning nodule, left throid lobe, r/o papillary Carcinoma.

In consideration of the above findings, Mr. O'Donovan has been advised Near-total Thyroidectomy for histopathological analysis to determine the need for radioactive Iodine Ablation, If nodule turn out to be malignant My doctor to;d me that on most occations when the you have a hypofuntctioning nodule[COLD NODULE] it is most always maliginant[70%], I hope i am in the[30%].

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Patrick,

I'm sorry to hear about your thyroid cancer. I wish you all the best this next week. I don't know about the AO connection but I'm sure over the next 24 hours there will be many Hadit members that can inform you on the AO and about the operation. My family will keep you in our prayers.

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I found out last week that i have thyroid cancer, got my medical clarence yesterday, so i will be going into the hospital end of of the month for the operation, has anyone had this operation, and how did it effect you after the operation. is thyroid cancer in anyway connected to AO. would apprecieate any input from people who have already has this operation. when i was at my BVA hearing i talk to one of the people working there, i told him i was having the operation, he told me to put in a claim under AO as long as your doctor states it is more likely that not cause by exposer to AO.

Patrick

Parrick,

Number one do not be concerned about the agent orange right now. Put all your effort into surviving the cancer. Thyroid cancer is not on their list for AO caused cancers. The only chance you have is if your doctor will write them a letter why he scientifically believes the dioxins caused your cancer. It very likely is the cause if you were sprayed, but not on the list. What hospital are you going to? That is very important.

When did you serve in Vietnam? What branch and what MOS? Any PH`s or Combat Badge? You may be elgible for PTSD.

I was diagnosed last September 05 with last stage tonsil cancer. My doctor wrote a letter saying he strongly thinks it was caused by AO. I had a combat MOS with hearts and cib. I was just denied because it isn`t on the list of 10 items they relate to AO. More importantly, I am still alive after having both tonsils and as much of the tumor cut out as possible, chemo for 7 weeks, 30 minutes a day of intense radiation for 7 weeks with alot of damage including no taste or saliva ever again. BUT I`M ALIVE! My point is you can and will survive this. That I`m sure of.

I`m here for you anytime you have a question or need to chat. Just remember when your going thru that treatment that many more have gone thru it and survived for many years.

Cavman

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If this falls into the Soft Tissue Sarcoma regulation, it could possibly be found as service connected-and I believe that your unit in Korea was exposed to AO and is on the Korean AO exposure list.

Patrick- this is a lot to deal with but I just read two BVA decisions regarding Thyroid cancer.

The thyroid cancer fell into adenocarcinoma type (a soft tissue carcinoma ) and the veteran was exposed to Agent Orange. And this claim was granted.

In the other claim a medical opinion the veteran had obtained supported that the veteran's exposure to Agent Orange caused the thyroid cancer.

If you can pinpoint your exposure as being with the area on the Korea DMZ where AO was found to have been sprayed , you could support this well- if it is adenosarcoma or any type of Soft Tissue Cancer (there are many medical names for these types of cancers- I posted a list of about 34 here some time ago.)

Korean veterans exposed to Agent Orange:

most recent list from NVLSP

http://www.nvlsp.org/Information/ArticleLi...O-aoinkorea.htm

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I found out last week that i have thyroid cancer, got my medical clarence yesterday, so i will be going into the hospital end of of the month for the operation, has anyone had this operation, and how did it effect you after the operation. is thyroid cancer in anyway connected to AO. would apprecieate any input from people who have already has this operation. when i was at my BVA hearing i talk to one of the people working there, i told him i was having the operation, he told me to put in a claim under AO as long as your doctor states it is more likely that not cause by exposer to AO.

Patrick

Patrick,

I had a radical thyroidectomy in 1981 (ionizing radiation). The thyroid regulates many body responses and when it's removed, everything slows down. I'm 70 years old and still kicking, so you'll survive! You'll be given a synthetic thyroid hormone (Synthroid probably). Your body converts it into a more active form of hormone as it's needed. Secondary effects? Mild depression (I take a small dose of Prozac), constipation, memory - no way to tell what'll affect you but I have most of the secondaries and life's still very worth living. Go to the "About" web site and look up "Thyroid". Mary Shoman runs it, is an RN and has thyroid problems herself. She's a great source of info.

Relax, you won't even know it's gone when you wake up!

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I found out last week that i have thyroid cancer, got my medical clarence yesterday, so i will be going into the hospital end of of the month for the operation, has anyone had this operation, and how did it effect you after the operation. is thyroid cancer in anyway connected to AO. would apprecieate any input from people who have already has this operation. when i was at my BVA hearing i talk to one of the people working there, i told him i was having the operation, he told me to put in a claim under AO as long as your doctor states it is more likely that not cause by exposer to AO.

Patrick

Patrick,

Regarding the thyroid and AO - it's known that dioxin interferes with thyroid hormone action, but I don't think a direct connection between dioxin and thyroid cancer has been established with much credibility.

You might look into the Collaborative on Health and the Environment in Bolinas, California. Their website is at www.healthandenvironment.org. Their website lists a strong relationship between soft tissue sarcoma and dioxin, but the relationship between dioxin and thyroid cancer specifically is weaker. The Collaborative people seem to be seriously investigating the dioxin-organ cancer relationship. Worth checking it out.

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How was your thyroid cancer detected ? They usually cannot be 100% sure that it is cancerous until they operate.

I have had the Cancer PET test and the glucose tracer did go to my right thyroid and ascending colon.

I had the colonoscopy last wednesday and the the 7 polyps removed and the pathology report came back benigh. Absolutely no Cancer.

I have had a serious of test, one kind of delaying the other one, but have had the ultrasound on my right thyroid and all appears alright, but I do go the end of the month for the nuclear medicine uptake test for the thyroid.

Did you have the needle biopsy? Did this confirm cancer?

I have had a right side goiter for 16 years and have been taking synthroid for it. I will have to wait for more conclusive test to see if this side is still funtioning at all.

It is my understanding to determine, now after all these test, that the only way to know for sure if it is indeed cancer is with the surgery.

I am going to have to surgery to remove the right lobe, regardless of all the test.

Just wanted you to know that the PET glucose tracer is not always correct and you may be worrying about only a simple 30 minute surgery. My niece had the lobe removed and felt no pain afterwards and I expect the same.

You will definitely be placed on Synthyroid. I have been off my medication since August 15, and I have not noticed any change in my being.

Wishing you well.

Always,

josephine

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My wife had a double thyroidectomy in 1991. The hypothyroidism getting prepared for the I-131 treatment was the hardest part for her. She breast fed our son thru the whole ordeal. I- 131 has a half life of 56 days. She pumped and expelled her breast milk until 65 days, then resumed breastfeeding. Her thyroid CA is not a problem at all now, unless it contributes to her severe depression. Judy also has failed neck C5-C6 fusion with stenosis, arthritis, uncontrolled diabetes II, with periphal neuropathy. Her A1C is about 13 even though she is on 240 units of lantus and 150 units of humilin R each day. She has an interthical pain pump that administers 7mg of diluaded each day into her spinal fluid. The diluaded is mixed with bupivicaine. She is bed-bound and just last week broke her ankle trying to get up for the bathroom by herself. Again, overall, the thyroid CA is her least problem.

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My wife had a double thyroidectomy in 1991. The hypothyroidism getting prepared for the I-131 treatment was the hardest part for her. She breast fed our son thru the whole ordeal. I- 131 has a half life of 56 days. She pumped and expelled her breast milk until 65 days, then resumed breastfeeding. Her thyroid CA is not a problem at all now, unless it contributes to her severe depression. Judy also has failed neck C5-C6 fusion with stenosis, arthritis, uncontrolled diabetes II, with periphal neuropathy. Her A1C is about 13 even though she is on 240 units of lantus and 150 units of humilin R each day. She has an interthical pain pump that administers 7mg of diluaded each day into her spinal fluid. The diluaded is mixed with bupivicaine. She is bed-bound and just last week broke her ankle trying to get up for the bathroom by herself. Again, overall, the thyroid CA is her least problem.
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How was your thyroid cancer detected ? They usually cannot be 100% sure that it is cancerous until they operate.

I have had the Cancer PET test and the glucose tracer did go to my right thyroid and ascending colon.

I had the colonoscopy last wednesday and the the 7 polyps removed and the pathology report came back benigh. Absolutely no Cancer.

I have had a serious of test, one kind of delaying the other one, but have had the ultrasound on my right thyroid and all appears alright, but I do go the end of the month for the nuclear medicine uptake test for the thyroid.

Did you have the needle biopsy? Did this confirm cancer?

I have had a right side goiter for 16 years and have been taking synthroid for it. I will have to wait for more conclusive test to see if this side is still funtioning at all.

It is my understanding to determine, now after all these test, that the only way to know for sure if it is indeed cancer is with the surgery.

I am going to have to surgery to remove the right lobe, regardless of all the test.

Just wanted you to know that the PET glucose tracer is not always correct and you may be worrying about only a simple 30 minute surgery. My niece had the lobe removed and felt no pain afterwards and I expect the same.

You will definitely be placed on Synthyroid. I have been off my medication since August 15, and I have not noticed any change in my being.

Wishing you well.

Always,

josephine

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If this falls into the Soft Tissue Sarcoma regulation, it could possibly be found as service connected-and I believe that your unit in Korea was exposed to AO and is on the Korean AO exposure list.

Patrick- this is a lot to deal with but I just read two BVA decisions regarding Thyroid cancer.

The thyroid cancer fell into adenocarcinoma type (a soft tissue carcinoma ) and the veteran was exposed to Agent Orange. And this claim was granted.

In the other claim a medical opinion the veteran had obtained supported that the veteran's exposure to Agent Orange caused the thyroid cancer.

If you can pinpoint your exposure as being with the area on the Korea DMZ where AO was found to have been sprayed , you could support this well- if it is adenosarcoma or any type of Soft Tissue Cancer (there are many medical names for these types of cancers- I posted a list of about 34 here some time ago.)

Korean veterans exposed to Agent Orange:

most recent list from NVLSP

http://www.nvlsp.org/Information/ArticleLi...O-aoinkorea.htm

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Hi Berta

Yes my unit is on the AO LIST. my unit is 2nd/10th CAV, i have already sent to the VA pictures which shows where i was on the Z and off the Z, and the secter that my unit was responsible for patroling, which was sometime almost the the whole lenth of the Z. the Cav was a tanker unit[ 60 day rotation] our down time was at a place called Warrior Base or Tent City across freedom Bridge, that was aplace where alot of agent orange was sprayed, it is not really orange,it is like a red mist or dust, it was all over the tents and our clothes, we never knew what it was.

Also your right about the soft tissue carcinoma, man there is so much involved. i look up some radiation sights, and raditions is associatd with Thyroid Cancer. but it involves Atomic sights, or New Mexico.

PS. The picture i sent to the VA, i am in the pictures.

When i had my BVA hearing, the judge seem to know alot about the DMZ.. and the guard post and Worrior Base. and she knew about PFC White who deserted to the north, that was a shock.

Patrick

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Patrick-that is very interesting that she knew about PFC White-this hearing might have gone well for you- in any event-I certainly regret you have this cancer but as long as it falls into the AO regs -I am sure that you have a very valid Agent Orange claim.

You right about the patrols,of course, and this put you there as exposed to Agent Orange- this mentions the rotations:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_...91/ai_112687395

It makes sense too- to patrol the DMZ (AO was not sprayed on the Demarcation line itself) the military did all they could to keep down growth of weeds and grasses for good clear lines of vision towards the DMZ.

Cybersarge has an interesting BVA claim mentioned here Patrick. I never saw this before on his sight.

http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aoinkorea.html

There is a Camp Casey soldier mentioned named Benbow who apparently got the first Korea vet AO award from the BVA.

Does the name Guard Post Gladys mean anything to you? Where the runoff went into the canteen water?

This is a good site Patrick- and there might be something there to help you- but- with the STS type of cancer and your unit's known and established exposure-this claim should certainly be very valid for an AO award.

Men and women the gov says that as many as from 4,000 to 12,000 men might have been exposed to AO when they patroled the DMZ.

The spraying was done by Koreans but the effects certainly have been disabling to veterans.

Who would have thought , after the Korean War ended, that patroling the DMZ would give one a AO disability?

I still believe that AO was used in many other ways, even on US bases, to control weed growth and to affect veterans with AO diseases.

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In consideration of the above findings, Mr. O'Donovan has been advised Near-total Thyroidectomy for histopathological analysis to determine the need for radioactive Iodine Ablation, If nodule turn out to be malignant My doctor to;d me that on most occations when the you have a hypofuntctioning nodule[COLD NODULE] it is most always maliginant[70%], I hope i am in the[30%].

Patrick,

I am hoping that we are both in the 30%, as my right thyroid is a cold nodule also.

I had the PET for Cancer and the glucose tracer went to it.

I am expecting upon surgery to find Cancer also.

So far, my scans look non-cancerous, but you can't be for certain, until the surgeon goes in to get it.

God Bless,

Josephine

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I found out last week that i have thyroid cancer, got my medical clarence yesterday, so i will be going into the hospital end of of the month for the operation, has anyone had this operation, <snip>

Patrick

Patrick,

Sorry to hear about you having Thyroid Cancer! I want you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers! I don't have any of the answers to you questions. My husband has a nodule on his thyroid that had to be checked to be sure it wasn't cancerous. Thank God, his wasn't. I'm a survivor of Uterine Cancer, and know many other cancer survivors....I will be adding your name to that group soon!!!

Love and Prayers,

Gwen

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<snip> She is bed-bound and just last week broke her ankle trying to get up for the bathroom by herself. Again, overall, the thyroid CA is her least problem.

Hi Rich,

Sorry to hear about Judy breaking her ankle....she has been through so much! Please send her my love and let her know that she is in my prayers!

Hugs,

Gwen

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Patrick-that is very interesting that she knew about PFC White-this hearing might have gone well for you- in any event-I certainly regret you have this cancer but as long as it falls into the AO regs -I am sure that you have a very valid Agent Orange claim.

You right about the patrols,of course, and this put you there as exposed to Agent Orange- this mentions the rotations:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_...91/ai_112687395

It makes sense too- to patrol the DMZ (AO was not sprayed on the Demarcation line itself) the military did all they could to keep down growth of weeds and grasses for good clear lines of vision towards the DMZ.

Cybersarge has an interesting BVA claim mentioned here Patrick. I never saw this before on his sight.

http://cybersarges.tripod.com/aoinkorea.html

There is a Camp Casey soldier mentioned named Benbow who apparently got the first Korea vet AO award from the BVA.

Does the name Guard Post Gladys mean anything to you? Where the runoff went into the canteen water?

This is a good site Patrick- and there might be something there to help you- but- with the STS type of cancer and your unit's known and established exposure-this claim should certainly be very valid for an AO award.

Men and women the gov says that as many as from 4,000 to 12,000 men might have been exposed to AO when they patroled the DMZ.

The spraying was done by Koreans but the effects certainly have been disabling to veterans.

Who would have thought , after the Korean War ended, that patroling the DMZ would give one a AO disability?

I still believe that AO was used in many other ways, even on US bases, to control weed growth and to affect veterans with AO diseases.

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Yes Berta, i guess since the North Koreans have been in the News lately, maybe the Judge decided to do some research on went on with the American soldiers on the Z. The guard post have change names over the years many times, the last time i was on the Z in 83-86, they were called Guard Post Collier and Guard Post Ouelette, but the hostile acts never stoped, the North Korean still play there loud speakers no-stop, 24 hours a day, seven day a week. it really messes with your mind. as i am typeing this i can hear them now in my mind.

I look up some BVA cases, but not to many vets received S/C for Thyroid Cancer, but i found one that stuck out. because it fits me, i have chronic fatigability, depression, and weight gain, Berta i have gain so much weight and i am in pain 24/7., i am only 5ft. 5 inches, seven month's ago i was at about 185 lbs that was OK with me, now i am 210 to 215 lbs, but my diet is the same, i am not eating anymore food than i did seven month's ago. and as you know i also have gastrointestinal problems.

But in this case they never ask the vet about AO or Radiation but it granted S/C .

this is the case.

Citation Nr: 0534553

Decision Date:12/22/05

Archive Date: 01/10/06

Docket No" 01-05-509

Patrick

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