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Old 11-20-2016, 07:28 AM   #1
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I've had two nodules that were being watched by ultrasound for several years, and one of them grew on my last scan. FNA done on Thursday, results came back Friday as papilary cancer. Dr. says if you're gonna have cancer, this is the one to have, but obvious still extremely scared. Primary care doc says they will more than likely do a total thyroidectomy, since there is a nodule on both sides (only biopsied one). I think the waiting and the unknown are the worst part. First consult with a surgeon is not until 11/29, then another 12/15 with another Dr.

First question, is it worth getting a second opinion or second biopsy to confirm? Seems like not really since it sounds like a false positive is not real common?

Second, is what sort of Dr? First consult is with a surgical oncologist, second is an ENT. Reading it looks like you want someone who does lots of thyroids. How do you find someone who does other than scheduling a bunch of appts? Of course I'm in the "just take it out, lets get it over with stage" so the wait (yes only 2 days so far) is driving me nuts.

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Old 11-21-2016, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: Newly diagnosed

You will get the most information after surgery, depending upon if the size, and if the cancer cells are encapsulated in the nodule or not. There isn't much to fear ....take it one step at a time.

Most people go to an ENT, and try to find an ENT that does many thyroid surgeries per week. Where you live, there may be doctors at major teaching hospitals that are thyroid specialists. That doctor will guide you. You may not need an oncology surgery in this case if it's a common size and type....it's better to deal with an ENT for the surgery, and an endocrinologist that has many thyroid cancer patients.....they are the oncologists for thyroid cancer in many cases.
I'm 12 years out from thyroid cancer, and thankfully, all is fine....most people who have had thyroid cancer go on to live long and healthy lives.....

 
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I've had two nodules that were being watched by ultrasound for several years, and one of them grew on my last scan. FNA done on Thursday, results came back Friday as papilary cancer. Dr. says if you're gonna have cancer, this is the one to have, but obvious still extremely scared. Primary care doc says they will more than likely do a total thyroidectomy, since there is a nodule on both sides (only biopsied one). I think the waiting and the unknown are the worst part. First consult with a surgeon is not until 11/29, then another 12/15 with another Dr.

First question, is it worth getting a second opinion or second biopsy to confirm? Seems like not really since it sounds like a false positive is not real common?

Second, is what sort of Dr? First consult is with a surgical oncologist, second is an ENT. Reading it looks like you want someone who does lots of thyroids. How do you find someone who does other than scheduling a bunch of appts? Of course I'm in the "just take it out, lets get it over with stage" so the wait (yes only 2 days so far) is driving me nuts.

Thanks!
Craig
Yes, they say it's the "good cancer" to have. Like Reece mentioned, the vast majority of people with papillary thyroid cancer have not complications apart from the hassel that is involved with treatment. The fact that they don't seem to be rushed to remove it is because it is a very slow spreading cancer, so they are not concerned. I was told I had thyroid cancer in November 2015, and mine had spread to some lymph nodes, and still I did not have surgery until March 2016. I like you wanted it dealt with ASAP, but on the other hand, I was comforted by the fact that they didn't seem to be worried about the time. Good luck.

 
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