I recently got US for my thyroid bcoz my doc checked my throat and found a lump on left side. The US showed 3 nodules on left and one small one on right. largest measures ~2 cm and my both lobes measures normal. This seems BIG to me and getting scared of cancer. My doc is not at all concerned but referred me to a specialist. The appointment is in march and I am getting scared each and everyday. I recently had a still born and I am 26 yrs and no kids. If I have cancer, I must have TT and I am really not sure of kids in future(my husband loves kids and so am I). Whenever we are around kids he plays and hangs out with them every minute possible. Having lost a kid recently and possibly no kids for future makes me cry every day and night. I was looking for some vent here. I dont know if anyone going through or gone through such a situation...I cannot think of anything right now except this cancer...
I really doubt you have thyroid cancer---85-95% of nodules are benign---and multiple nodules are even less likely to be cancer. You can get an fna and analyze the cells in the nodules and then go from there.
Thyroid cancer isn't a killer---most people are cured, and it is relatively easily treatable---it's not at all like other cancers. I had it 7 years ago, and it was more of an annoyance/bump in the road of life---and I'm no worse for the wear.
It has nothing to do with your reproductive system---you can have many healthy happy children even if you had it---or without a thyroid---you can lead a long and happy healthy life. You will be fine---I am sure of it!
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Hey Reece thank you so much for the reply. It really means soo much for me. I agree that I am worry wart. I lost my baby just 3 months ago and now I am listening to this horrible possibilities. I kind of relieved with your reply. But you know the "C" word is appearing like a danger zone. I don't know when will all things settle down.. And yeah forgot to mention, I am having this constant ear ache that is not going off with drops or antibiotics. This also scares me and reminds me even if I want to forget things. I am far away from my family. I can only talk to them on phone through which I cannot tell them I am sick(if I say this, I am afraid they also get sick).I only have friends here whom I met very recently. I found this forum and felt comforting to vent my feelings here.I guess I have a very long road to go for..hopefully can get through every bit of it ...Me being sick makes my hubby so sad and frustrating at times...cant help it but trying to be as bold as possible in front of him
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I have to say, I haven't had thyroid cancer, so I can't speak on a personal level. But I can tell you that there's a 95% or better chance that you don't have it, despite the size of your largest nodule. But even if you do happen to have it, it's at least 95% completely curable, and it in no way would have any effect on your ability to have children. Honest.
I'm sure Reece will be along soon to give you her expert perspective on it as a thyroid cancer survivor. Hang tight till that March appointment!
First off sorry that you are going through all of this, I am still new to this but can totally understand your fears and not sure where to turn. It's scary, and not something that you hear a lot about, at least I know I didn't. I am 33, married with a 5 yr old and (2) 2year olds. My quick story is that I found a lump in my throat that was causing a choking feeling and was sent for a US, which showed a complex cyst 3.6 CM plus several other nodules on the left lobe and request for a needle biopsy to rule out Thyroid cancer.
Sent to a specialst and was told that there is only a 5% that it's cancer, but still 5%. Biopsy came back undetermined, which I find is very common. The ENT, I was seeing at that time gave me a choice of the wait and see or go in and remove the left lobe and send it to pathology if cancer is found while they are in there remove the whole thing. I opted for the surgery, I didn't want to wait and see, if it was cancer I wanted it out.
I had surgery on 12/27, after 4 hours in surgery pathology wasn't able to determine if there was any cancer cells, so the doctor closed me up leaving 1/2 thyroid intact. Went home the next day, 1 week later at my follow up appt, found out that I was in that 5%. Scheduled to have the remaining lobe removed. That surgery was done on 2/14, and no cancer was found in the right lobe or surrounding lymph nodes, Thank God!
Now you know where I am at, I can tell you what I've been told. There is a slim chance that there is any cancer, and it doesn't have to do with the size of the nodule. (My cancer was found in the small nodule). I don't know the reason of your still born, (very sorry about that though) my doctor has explained that if we want to have any more children, we can start trying 1 year after RAI treatment, and at TT shouldn't change that, so you still have hope.
I know that nothing I have said can calm your fears, I know I was in tears at a drop of hat because I didn't know what was going on. After finding support, research and great doctors I know that having thyroid cancer is not the end of the world, just another step.
Oh and the more I spoke out about it to family, friends and co-workers I found that in real life I wasn't alone, there are many people that are currently going thru or no someone close to them that is under treatment for thyroid cancer or have made it through to the other side.
If there is anything you would like to know please ask and I will try my best to answer what I can.
Thank you soo much for the reply. Yeah even I find so many near by me having nodules or cancer for thyroid recently. But whatever it is, it is still an upsetting thing. Having going through so much making me strong at the same time I think why do I have to go through all these while rest of my contemporaries are playing with their new born. I guess nothing goes straight with me. I haven't got FNA or thyroid specialist appointment. I just found a good doc after soo much fight for a right GP. I am just crossing my fingers and praying god.
Thank you very much again for such a kind words and feel sorry for us that we have to go through all this. I would definitely like to keep in touch with you.
Got checked with specialist. Turns out to be I am euthyroid and the radiologist says that these nodules do not qualify for FNA. But the doc says since the largest one is 2 cm so we need to get FNA. I too feel this is to be done. Hope this gives some good news!!... just crossing fingers... ....