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Old 10-04-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Question They found 2 small Thyroid Nodules (under 1 cm)

While getting a CT scan of the upper chest,& neck area related to a different problem, they discovered 2 small Nodules on my Thyroid. (Both under 1cm) I think that's what the size was. The Dr. said they were very small. Probably too small for a "Needle Biopsy". After they were discovered my doctor set me up with an "Ultrasound". The ultrasound showed some calcification, so he advised me to get a needle biopsy to be safe. So the 1st part of my question is of course anyone have any info on this condition, with the Nodules Being that small, what should I be looking for on the Biopsy, or the stats on malignancy in a case like this.
The 2nd part of my question is on the treatment. Reading some of the message boards here, most everyone says having them surgically removed is the S.O.P. But when talking to the "Endocrinologist" she said before doing any surgery they would more likely try some type of "Radiation Therapy". Is anyone familiar with that process, & would that normally be the S.O.P. for treating this condition? (I know Radiation at times can bring it's own or other problems) Should I question the Dr's decision or advice? (Sorry about the lengthiness here but this whole thing came up on me very quickly, & I'm not at all familiar with the the condition or it's treatments, & I need to decide what recourse to follow, rather quickly).
Any help here would be highly appreciated.

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Re: They found 2 small Thyroid Nodules (under 1 cm)

Sorry I can't help you much with your nodules questions. But I'm almost certain there is no "radiation therapy" treatment that takes care of them. Be very wary of that advice.

This will bump your question back to the top so hopefully someone experienced with nodules and thyroid cancer will see and respond.
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Re: They found 2 small Thyroid Nodules (under 1 cm)

I agree with midwest, get away from that doctor, you don't want to radiate nodules. You can watch these for growth or changes over time. There's no rush. If they are large enough for an fna you can try that. Multiple nodules with no dominant nodule have a low chance for cancer.

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