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Old 06-27-2008, 03:18 AM   #1
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Hi, my ultrasound indicates I have a nodule on my thyroid which is 3mm in size. I am scheduled for a thyroid uptake study where I take a radioactive pill and they look at my thyroid 24 hrs later to determine if it is cancerous. I have read thyroid nodules are only 5% cancerous so that keeps me from worrying but of course I am concerned. At times I feel like I ate an apple and if is stuck in my throat but today I feel fine. I understand the next step would be a needle biopsy which would determine if the nodule is cancerous which is an easy procedure and if it is cancerous they would remove it. Is there anyone out there with this same problem and if so where else can I get more info on this subject? Are there any other illnesses that would cause a nodule and I read a link that said 1 in 12 get these nodules by 50 why do people develop them?

BTW when it is uncomfortable I found eating ice pops seems to numb my throat so I donít notice it. And my blood test indicates my thyroid is working fine.
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Re: Thyroid Nodule Diagnosis

Well, if it's 3mm and not 3 cm, it's so tiny, you have nothing to worry about. A needle biopsy won't be done until it approaches 1cm.

The uptake scan will not tell you if it's cancerous. The uptake scan will indicate if the nodule is "hot" or "cold", if it's cold, it has about an extra 10% chance of being cancer, which is still pretty low.

They will ultimately just watch it because it's so small. Thyroid cancer is very slow growing, and rarely spreads, and if it does, is still easily treatable, and curable as well.

That nodule is too small to get yourself upset about. Just make sure they keep an eye on it every year with an ultrasound.

 
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My nuclear scan showed a "cold" nodule. It was later FNA (needle biopsy) to show NO CANCER. Yet like you said, there was still a 5% chance. The enlarged nodule was "watched" through US for a few years. At one point, my Endo was uncomfortable with the growth (neck was slightly puffy then) and wanted that lobe removed. Surgeon said it would be easier NOW, rather than wait for the vocal cords to be involved. That was Oct 05.

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Hi, my ultrasound indicates I have a nodule on my thyroid which is 3mm in size. I am scheduled for a thyroid uptake study where I take a radioactive pill and they look at my thyroid 24 hrs later to determine if it is cancerous. I have read thyroid nodules are only 5% cancerous so that keeps me from worrying but of course I am concerned. At times I feel like I ate an apple and if is stuck in my throat but today I feel fine. I understand the next step would be a needle biopsy which would determine if the nodule is cancerous which is an easy procedure and if it is cancerous they would remove it. Is there anyone out there with this same problem and if so where else can I get more info on this subject? Are there any other illnesses that would cause a nodule and I read a link that said 1 in 12 get these nodules by 50 why do people develop them?

BTW when it is uncomfortable I found eating ice pops seems to numb my throat so I donít notice it. And my blood test indicates my thyroid is working fine.
Thanks : )
I am just home 5 days post-op total thyroidectomy. I also had multiple large nodules in my thyroid. Ultrasound showed one on left being 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.4cm. which was the largest and most concerning. Thyroid uptake scan basically showed large "cold spot" and recommending biopsy. So.... Biopsy done. Biopsy was uncomfortable but not really extremely painful. Biopsy came back "atypical follicular lesion" which apparently meant they could not determine positively if it was cancerous or not so decision was made to have the whole thyroid removed. Thankfully the biopsy after the surgery came back benign. Not a particullarly fun surgery. My neck swelled like a pumpkin and they were wanting to take me back to surgery that night to put a drain in my neck. I resisted of course and so they waited and the swelling started to come down finally. I sounded like Mickey Mouse. Apparently, my surgeon tells me the drain thing is kinda an East Coast/West Coast type procedure. East Coast prefers to put them in and West does not. Might have been good to have it put in during surgery but worked out in the end. Not sure if I'm glad to have had this done yet but with the pathology from the biopsy I didn't see a choice. Felt it had to come out for fear it was cancer.
My endorine's office nurse recommends Web MD for questions re: thyroid but it really didn't answer all my questions so of course I looked all over the web which sometimes is pretty scary. I have concerns due to drinking soy milk that this somehow "messed" with my thyroid also. But I kept coming back to the "atypical cells" and figured again it has to come out.
I still haven't found a "reason" I have these nodules. No one in my family has ever had thyroid issues. I hear many people have nodules and don't even know it.
Anyhoots, thanks for listening to me ramble. Hope everything turns out well with your testing.

 
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Hi, my ultrasound indicates I have a nodule on my thyroid which is 3mm in size. I am scheduled for a thyroid uptake study where I take a radioactive pill and they look at my thyroid 24 hrs later to determine if it is cancerous. I have read thyroid nodules are only 5% cancerous so that keeps me from worrying but of course I am concerned. At times I feel like I ate an apple and if is stuck in my throat but today I feel fine. I understand the next step would be a needle biopsy which would determine if the nodule is cancerous which is an easy procedure and if it is cancerous they would remove it. Is there anyone out there with this same problem and if so where else can I get more info on this subject? Are there any other illnesses that would cause a nodule and I read a link that said 1 in 12 get these nodules by 50 why do people develop them?

BTW when it is uncomfortable I found eating ice pops seems to numb my throat so I donít notice it. And my blood test indicates my thyroid is working fine.
Thanks : )
Hello,
I was also recently diagnosed with a "toxic nodule" on one side of my thyroid. I can't really feel mine, but I can see what I believe is it when I swallow. It is interesting to read other people's accounts. I was sent to the endochronologist after my blood work came back from my family doctor that I had hyperthyroidism. I never had an ultrasound. The first step was the thyroid scan which determined the diagnosis of the nodule. I got this news last week and the endo said I needed surgery to remove it. There was not discusion of a biopsy, cancer etc. I don't even know how big it is. After reading everyone's postings I'm wondering now why I have not had an ultrasound and why a biopsy was not done. Hmm? I'm wondering if I'm doing the right thing taking the Dr.'s word for all of this and do what seems like jumping in to surgery. I was told that my nodule was a genetic mutation, I'm not totally clear on what this means. I am young, under 30 with no family history of thyroid problems.

 
Old 06-30-2008, 12:42 PM   #6
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I had my thryoid removed just about 2 years ago. I was just sitting on the couch one day and just felt this big lump on the side of my throat. I was already under the care of an endo (my thyroid had been underactive for about 5 years) My doctor sent me to have an ultra sound down and when I called him a few days after to get the results he told me that the report showed that there was no nodules on my thryoid. To make a long story short, after a few different visits to a few differnent doctors (because I know I was not cracking up, you could actually see the lump) and a few FNB's. I was told that the cells were abnormal and my thryoid need to be removed.
Once we decide that this need to be removed, I had to wait another 2 months until the surgeon had an opening for surgery. Day came of my surgery and everything went well. I have a very small incision scar in the front of my neck, right in the middle that is just about an inch long. I spent one night in the hopital, they did not have to insert a drain or anything. I was on IV antibotics and IV meds for pain. Sent home the very next morning with no pain meds at all and was even able to go to the mall that same night. If was a little less than a year after the surgery the the scar fadded so much you can not even notice it today

 
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Well, if it's 3mm and not 3 cm, it's so tiny, you have nothing to worry about. A needle biopsy won't be done until it approaches 1cm.

The uptake scan will not tell you if it's cancerous. The uptake scan will indicate if the nodule is "hot" or "cold", if it's cold, it has about an extra 10% chance of being cancer, which is still pretty low.

They will ultimately just watch it because it's so small. Thyroid cancer is very slow growing, and rarely spreads, and if it does, is still easily treatable, and curable as well.

That nodule is too small to get yourself upset about. Just make sure they keep an eye on it every year with an ultrasound.
Reece,
Thanks for the info I get my radioactive pill this afternoon but being it is so small I am not worried. Also being the cancer rate is so low I have less to worry about.
Thanks a ton

 
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My nuclear scan showed a "cold" nodule. It was later FNA (needle biopsy) to show NO CANCER. Yet like you said, there was still a 5% chance. The enlarged nodule was "watched" through US for a few years. At one point, my Endo was uncomfortable with the growth (neck was slightly puffy then) and wanted that lobe removed. Surgeon said it would be easier NOW, rather than wait for the vocal cords to be involved. That was Oct 05.

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So they go right for a needle byopsy if it is cold right and why don't you get the lobe (is that the nodule) removed now?

 
Old 07-01-2008, 07:55 PM   #9
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Re: Thyroid Nodule Diagnosis

stillkickin21,
I’m just learning so I don’t have many answers but glad your’s was benign. What an ordeal, how did you stay comfortable?

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Old 07-02-2008, 06:15 AM   #10
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So they go right for a needle byopsy if it is cold right and why don't you get the lobe (is that the nodule) removed now?
I guess they could go for needle biopsy 1st.

Maybe I wasn't clear . The lobe with the nodule was removed Oct 05. I only have one Thy-lobe, therefore take 2 grains Armour to help balance my system out

 
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stillkickin21,
Iím just learning so I donít have many answers but glad yourís was benign. What an ordeal, how did you stay comfortable?
IV dilaudid!!!! But that made me feel really bad so I had them cut the dosage in half. Still made me feel awful so switched to 1/2 Percocet.They thought I was nuts but I really did not want to throw up. Haven't taken any pain meds since I came home. Today I'm at one week post-op. Neck has very big swollen lump in front and still very purple. I have a feeling like everything I swollow is gettin stuck down in my throat. Seems like further down than where the surgery was. Not sure if its a surgical issue or and issue with Meds. Wondering if its all these pills I'm taking?
I am soooo glad I had the whole thing done at one time vs. one lobe. Not something I would be happy to go in for again!!

 
Old 07-03-2008, 04:39 AM   #12
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I just had my nuclear uptake study of the thyroid and had them give me copies of the scan (in case I go to another doctor for their opinion) and now I have to hurry up and wait for the results. Of course I am impatient and looked online to determine if the images are normal or abnormal and found a good site with those image differences [url]http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/photocat/photos_more_pc.cfm?pg=thyroiduptake[/url] and it appears mine look like the normal images. I spoke with the technician and she said something about a needle biopsy would be the next step although unless it has gotten bigger in the last 3 weeks I donít see how they can do a needle biopsy if the nodule is 3mm. I am assuming if this scan is normal as I suspect this thing is more than a nodule. Does anyone know the difference between a nodule and a tumor? I got my blood work back and the thyroid was normal so I guess I have more going on here.

I want to thank all those who have shared their stories, experiences & knowledge. It sure makes me feel a lot better.

 
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Re: Thyroid Nodule Diagnosis

A nodule is a much nicer term for tumor...growth, etc.

But like I said, if yours is 3mm, it would be really tough to biopsy--and the standard is about one, sometimes I've heard on this board of 8mm being biopsied----never go by technicians, I've had bad experiences with that myself, and that's my rule.

You will just need to have this watched over the years and if it grows, then you have to start doing further testing.

 
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Thanks I just got the results from the scan via a phone call and the office secretary said the tests were normal. So I asked what is next do I just keep an eye on it she said yes. I immediately picked up a copy of the results and when I got home I realized it said the report indicated the nodule was 4mm. So I called back and asked why it is now 1mm larger after 2 weeks. The secretary said she would ask the Dr. of which when she called back she indicated it is of different sizes with different test but I should follow-up with an endocrinologist and she proceeded to give me a list of recommendations all ether do not take Blue Cross or the nearest appointment is in February. I made the Feb appointment till I can find an earlier one. My concern is why would she first say nothing is wrong and the thyroid is functioning properly if after asking about the increase in size she directs me to an endocrinologist? If the thyroid is working properly why would I need to see an endocrinologist?

Ether she missed the size or she is just covering her self. Is February too long to wait for an appointment? I think I should make an appointment with an ear, nose & throat specialist being I was a smoker for many years? So I’ll ask for a recommendation.
Thanks for all your comments : )

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Re: Thyroid Nodule Diagnosis

First, don't ever ever get nervous from what a secretary at a doctor's office says----last year, I had one tell me I had skin cancer, and I didn't!!!!

Look at a ruler, and see what a millimeter looks like. That should put that nodule size in perspective for you. An uptake scan could give you different measurements than an ultrasound----a millimeter is very close.

I would make the appt. with the endo, it can't hurt, but in the meantime I would go to the ENT to ease your mind. This is really too small to be a concern, but you could work with an ENT to follow this every year.

 
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