Vietnamese surgeons succeed in operating on three-year-old with thyroid cancer

Surgeons of the National Hospital of Endocrinology have just successfully carried out an operation on an three-year-old kid with metastasized medullary thyroid cancer.

Scan of the toddler's tumor (Photo: SGGP)

Scan of the toddler's tumor (Photo: SGGP)

The toddler has been the youngest case in the National Hospital of Endocrinology so far. The operation was complicated because the tumor has spread to nerves, jugular vein and trachea.
According to the toddler’s family, the child, born in 2016 in the central province of Quang Binh, suffered from wheezing, chewing difficulties, shortness of breath and small nodes in neck area two months ago.
The patient was then brought to local infirmaries for medical checkup yet doctors here did not detect what disease the kid was suffering.
The patient was then rushed to the National Hospital of Endocrinology where doctors diagnosed the kid to have thyroid cancer and the tumor has developed in the windpipe to cause shortness of breath. He must undergo an operation soon.
Director of the Hospital Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Ngoc Luong said that his surgeon team carried out a two-hour sophisticated surgery. Professor Luong acknowledged that it is rare disease amongst kids with the ratio of five percent.

BY MINH KHANG – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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