Has anyone on here associated a thyroid problem and breast cancer? My mother has invasive breast cancer. We don't know if her thyroid is bad, but labs done in February said her TSH was about 7.50. We are setting up her breast surgery for the middle of the month. Today we asked the nurse at the cancer center if they needed to know about her high TSH level. She said DEFINETLY!!! She said that during her surgery, they would check everything out. Could the thyroid problem have caused the breast cancer? Or could the breast cancer have caused the thyroid to malfunction?
Anyone with any insight on this, I would like to hear what you have to say.
There is no known link that shows that thyroid problems can cause breast cancer. However, any serious illness can affect thyroid function. It's really important for the doctors to be aware of thyroid problems when treating a patient for anything. That high a TSH probably indicates that she does have a thyroid problem and not just an effect of her breast cancer.
My mom had breast cancer too. Two different cancers at two different times. She lost both breasts. It's been over ten years. She's doing fine.
Interesting. My thyroid has been all over the board for the last 4 years, especially the last 9 months my TSH has been at .002. I was just diagnosed with breast cancer this past Wednesday. The NP told us that having hormones out of whack can cause the cancer to grow faster. I have my appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday to discuss what happens next and then on Wednesday I finally get to talk to someone who knows and specializes in the female hormone system (thyroid, pituitary, hypothalimus, etc, how they all work together) I am scared and nervous but excited that maybe with all this I can finally get on the road to good health.
I didn't really answer your question but had to respond with my two cents!
I did a little search on this subject after I had posted. I found that they have done a study saying that people that had breast cancer and thyroid problems, the thyroid problem usually made the breast cancer stay smaller. I thought that was interesting.