A medical student during a lecture on oncology realized that she had cancer, and was right

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Medical student Gabriella Barbosa discovered she had neck cancer during a tumor screening class, reports Insider.

A medical student during a lecture on oncology realized that she had cancer, and was right

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Gabriella Barbosa was a third-year medical student in Brazil when a professor asked her to help demonstrate how to check for neck tumors. But Barbosa played the role of the patient too well – the doctor noticed some warning signs and advised her to formally check her neck.

Barbosa followed his advice and found out that she had papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most common type of thyroid cancer.< /p>

“When I found out, my world collapsed,” said 22-year-old Barbosa about her diagnosis.

“I kept thinking:“ I’m too young to face this, ” – she said. – I cried a lot and didn't want to believe it. This is the moment when you see that everything can end.”

According to WebMD, PTC is most common in women under 40. It is not clear what causes it, but it is associated with some genetic conditions and may be a complication of radiation exposure for other cancers. Since the disease progresses slowly, it is usually treatable.

It may not cause symptoms, but as the disease progresses, it can lead to difficulty swallowing and breathing and sore throat.

By then When Barbosa was diagnosed with cancer, it spread to other parts of her neck, such as her esophagus. However, she was able to cure it by removing her thyroid and other neck tumors and undergoing iodine therapy to kill the remaining cancer cells.

She is grateful that she went to neck cancer detection classes. “Maybe I wouldn’t have discovered the disease so early, my diagnosis would have taken much longer, and it could have been more serious,” she said.

Barbosa said the experience gave her more understanding her chosen profession and what it means to be a patient.

Teilor Stone

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my sivertimes@gmail.com 1-800-268-7116
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