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What are chances of cancer after removal of cancerous lymph nodes?

hi, ihave had my thyroid remove because of graves/goiter i went back for my pathology results and was told they removed 2 lymph nodes taht had cancer. i was told i have 60% chance of cancer so they have requested a second pathology. iam very scared please help!
Wed, 2 Sep 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

Lymphnodes are part of the immune system are activated in disease. It is possible that you had early cancer and two of your lymphnodes are positive. This means there is some cancer activity in your system which is still in early stages. The second pathology is important for you and a cancer if present will be confirmed.

If cancer is confirmed then you might take required treatment like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This will eliminate all signs of cancer in your lymphnodes and protect you from any advanced cancer in the coming years. Please do not get scared and take the required treatment. If treated early then complete cure of your cancer is possible and chances of recurrence is low. Please do not worry.
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