| | Re: Hurtle cell cancer
I have had a significant sized nodule (7+ cm) on my thyroid for three years. I am 51 years old and have been experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism for the past several months and despite my blood work coming back normal I decided to go for a recheck of the nodule, which seemed to be getting larger.
A couple of small new growths were felt by my doc and a new ultrasound revealed 2 cysts and a new 2cm size nodule. I was ordered a new FNA for the older nodule and the new ones. The ultra sound tech could not locate the 3 new growths so only the larger, old nodule was biopsied. The FNA came back suspcious with Hurtle cells. I am scheduled to review the results with a surgeon next week.
I have been doing as much research as possible. It seems like a request to have the entire thyroid removed at the time of surgery may not be unreasonable, even if the Hurtle cells are benign, it is just a matter of time before that can change. The stress of this possibly reocurring later seems like a waste of energy when just having a total thyroidectomy is not that bothersome.
I would appreciate any feedback before my appointment nest week. Anyone dealt with this? What was the outcome? Thaks so much, all feedback welcome! Debbie