Learning about Thyroid Cancer
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders is currently running for the governor of Arkansas. She’s also recently had a successful surgery for thyroid cancer. But one of our experts says that it is likely safe for her to resume campaigning if she feels well enough to do so.
- Thyroid cancer, like many other cancers, can be difficult to spot and early cancer detection is key to successful treatment. So, it is important to talk to a doctor if you have any concerns about your body.
- Symptoms of thyroid cancer can include lump, swelling or pain in the neck, voice changes, trouble swallowing or breathing or even a constant cough., but most people have no discrete symptoms, according to one of our experts.
- A cancer diagnosis can change your life. But we’ve seen so many survivors thrive on the other side of treatment.
The former White House press secretary for former President Donald Trump is running for governor of Arkansas and doing what she can to win the election. But she just had surgery to “remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes” last week. Thankfully, the operation for her stage 1 papillary thyroid carcinoma was a success and she was deemed “cancer free” on Sept. 17.Read More
“Sarah and her entire family are appreciative of the prayers and well-wishes from Arkansans and many friends from across the country.”
Additionally, one of her doctors said that she would need adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine and long-term continuing care. Deere told The Associated Press that Sanders plans to resume campaigning “soon,” but he did not give an exact date of when she would return.
But is it safe for her to do so? That’s why we’ve consulted with Dr. Allen Ho, a head and neck surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
“In general, most thyroidectomy cases can be discharged home on the same day or after an overnight observation,” Dr. Ho said in a statement for SurvivorNet. “We usually recommend no heavy lifting or straining for at least one week.”
“Many patients can resume light activity such as walking and talking within the first day. It sounds like she will begin campaigning in the next week after surgery. If campaigning does not lead to significant exertion, it is likely safe if the patient feels well enough to do so.”
Understanding Thyroid Cancer – Sarah Sanders’ Cancer
Thyroid cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the thyroid gland which makes hormones that help regulate your metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Treatments for this type of cancer can include surgery, hormone therapy, radioactive iodine, radiation and chemotherapy.
Spotting thyroid cancer can often be difficult. The American Cancer Society reports that symptoms may include a lump, swelling or pain in the neck, voice changes, trouble swallowing or breathing or even a constant cough.
“Most people have no discrete symptoms — the majority of cases now are found incidentally,” Dr. Ho said in a previous interview with SurvivorNet. “However, a sizable number of people may first discover their cancer when they feel a bump on their neck. Other possible late symptoms include problems swallowing, the sensation of something in their throat, neck compression when laying flat or voice changes.”
The good news is that many of these possible symptoms, including lumps in the thyroid, are both common and commonly benign – but it never hurts to ask your doctor. Chances of cancer recovery increase significantly with early detection, so it’s important to address any warning signs of thyroid cancer, or any cancer for that matter, with a medical expert swiftly.
Thriving after Cancer
A cancer diagnosis will change your life. But we’ve seen so many survivors thrive on the other side of their cancer journey.
Take Marecya Burton, for example. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 20 years old. Burton was a college student-athlete looking forward to graduation at the time, but all that had to change when she was forced to move home to start treatment.
“That was definitely challenging for me,” Burton said in a previous interview with SurvivorNet. “I was looking forward to graduating.”
She also had planned on pursuing a law degree after graduation – another dream she had to give up.
“I really had to, in a sense, put my life on hold,” she said. “Sometimes I look at where I am, and I can’t help but wonder, would I be further had I not had my diagnosis?”
But instead of law school, Burton found a new passion: teaching. She became a high school teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and she’s since made peace with her new direction in life.
“I wouldn’t change my career for the world,” she says. “It’s so fulfilling.”