Saw the surgeon today. No personality!!! But he answered my questions & told me just what he thought. I could have talked to him for hours but he had many patients in the waiting room
. He did give me the web site for the practice so I could ask more questions. How's that for being patient friendly.
Here are some of my questions:
What is the typical timeline for different thyroid cancers to grow? He said he couldn't give me any exact figures. It depends of course on the type of cancer. The most lethal kind can grow in a matter of weeks so most patients don't survive. Anaplastic I think it is called & usually occurs in older patients.
2.) If one has an episode of thyroiditis, will that show up on the ultrasound as an increase in nodule size? Most likely it will. That may have happened to me cause I'm pretty sure I caught a virus the week before at the Dr's office since she had to run home to check on her son who was sick plus the nurse had sick kids too. I get viruses so easily now & they settle right to my thyroid. Luckily, I can take aspirin which calms my throid.
3.) He said that it is most likely my nodules come from just having thyroiditis which promote nodule growth. He says he wouldn't biopsy unless they reached 1.5cm. Plus he said I don't have any risk factors other than age. He doesn't consider my daughter's cancer (papillary with follicular) a risk factor. He said I could probably find a surgeon who would take out my thyroid if I really wanted it out. I said that's okay I would just as soon keep it & monitor it. I don't mine putting up with the thyroiditis.
4.) He said my medical risk factors etc. would be a factor. I'm sure my age was a factor in not having surgery because at 60yrs I could die of something else before thyroid cancer. In fact, I could die from my many drug allergies, a stroke, drug interactions etc to name a few during surgery. He indicated that it would be difficult for me to have surgery.
5.) He offered me some referrals for 2nd opinions which I may consider in the future.
6.) I was surprised that he didn't actually read the ultrasound. He looked at it but I think he pretty much made his decision based on my history, physical exam, & the ultrasound report.
7.) He did ask where I had lived in the past. He was searching for some radiation exposure. He said if I had had radiation exposure in the past, it would have been a different story.