Hospital's chief of surgery documents her recovery from thyroid cancer
Fox News medical contributor Cynara Coomer has reported being on the road to recovery after undergoing a surgical treatment for thyroid cancer.
Coomer, who is also the Chief of Breast Surgery and Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Staten Island University Hospital, was diagnosed with the disease just a month after giving birth to her youngest child.
According to the news service, a routine physical checkup revealed that the medical expert had Stage II papillary thyroid carcinoma.
The Columbia University Department of Surgery (CUDS) states that papillary thyroid cancer may be detected as a group of lumps in the thyroid gland, which usually cause no pain.
Papillary carcinoma is the most common type of thyroid cancer in the U.S. Approximately 70 percent of all thyroid cancer diagnoses are papillary carcinomas, according to the CUDS.
The surgical department adds that more than 10,000 new papillary thyroid cancer diagnoses are made every year in the U.S. Last year, Coomer was one of them.
She told Fox News that she underwent a thyroidectomy on January 6, during which the lymph nodes in her neck were also removed.
Her tumor measured approximately four centimeters across, which accounts for Coomer's Stage II diagnosis. The National Cancer Institute has stated that papillary thyroid tumors between two and four centimeters in diameter meet the criteria for a Stage II carcinoma in patients under the age of 45.
Her tumor was large enough to break through the gland's capsule, or the sheath that separates it from other organs, she told the news organization.
Coomer added that she will soon undergo radioactive iodine treatment, in which radioactive iodine particles are introduced into the body and absorbed by any remaining cancerous thyroid cells, eliminating them.
She concluded that her prognosis is very good, her neck and throat feel better every day and she expects to make a full recovery.