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"Woman, 27, Thought Stress Caused Her Swollen Glands. She Had Thyroid Cancer" - Meghan Holohan

  • MSN
  • New York, NY
  • (August 27, 2019)

This winter, Aubrie Cogan noticed a swelling in her neck, behind her ear. At first, she didn’t think much of it. She didn't feel sick, just a little run down. She thought maybe it was stress causing inflammation, but visited Catherine Sinclair, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of head and neck surgery at Mount Sinai West. According to Dr. Sinclair, “We were able to see all of these unusual features that are diagnostic of thyroid cancer.” Cogan received surgery to remove her thyroid and four lymph nodes where the cancer had spread. She may need to take a one-time radiation pill to reduce her chance of recurrence. Dr. Sinclair added, “One of the factors that influences whether the cancer comes back is the number of lymph nodes involved.”

Catherine F. Sinclair, MD, Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Director, Head and Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai West

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