Here is a post on the Thyroid Cancer Support forum I participate in:
I've been trying to read as much info as possible, but I've got a quick question. If someone who's undergone surgery to remove thyroid cancer finds out some cancer has spread to the windpipe, is that considered "Distant Mestatis" (sp?)
It may seem weird wondering if your metastases qualifies as "distant" or not. But as you can see, it makes a pretty big difference.
What is weird is that our doctors are strangely remiss in giving us this information.