Young adult thyroid cancer patient grateful for personalized care

After I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis at age 15, I began having my thyroid monitored regularly. In 2012, during a checkup in Tyler, Texas, an ultrasound showed two abnormal nodules.  I visited an endocrinologist, who told me not to worry. But in 2017, I started noticing changes in my voice. I had trouble swallowing, major fatigue and flu-like symptoms. I decided to seek a second opinion. That’s how I found out, at age 25, that I had stage I papillary thyroid cancer. The internet helped me choose MD Anderson I used the internet to decide where I should go for thyroid cancer treatment. I wanted to find someone who had the best qualifications and could offer the best treatment for someone my age. I also wanted to learn about my doctors before my first appointment. On MD Anderson’s website, I got to know Dr. Jeena Varghese and Dr. Elizabeth Grubbs before I ever met them. I appreciated learning about their experience treating thyroid cancer. Personalized thyroid cancer treatment with my age in mind My care team always considered my age when weighing my treatment options. We decided on a total thyroidectomy. It was important to me that my scarring was minimal and that I didn’t lose my voice. My care team knew that I might have trouble healing after the procedure, and understanding the potential complications of my surgery, Dr. Grubbs consulted plastic surgeon Dr. David Adelman. He suggested using cow collagen to promote healing and minimize scarring after my thyroidectomy. Dr. Adelman had used cow collagen in reconstructive surgery for many other patients with difficult wounds. My...