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Possible medullary but also suspicious for papilliary

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Old 09-30-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
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Unhappy Possible medullary but also suspicious for papilliary

After being told 7 years ago my lump was just a lipoma and not even on my thyroid, this Monday I had fna on my 1.4cm nodule. Results show suspicious for papillary but also says some features suggest medullary. I have elevated levels of parathyroid hormone so I'm pretty sure it'll be medullary. I'll get blood test results for calcitonin on tuesday to confirm. Anyone survived medullary?? It doesn't feel very positive when consider I found this 7 years ago!!! Anyone get mixed biopsy result? Can you have both cancers??

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Old 10-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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Re: Possible medullary but also suspicious for papilliary

Thought I'd do an update in case anyone else finds themselves in my position.
I had TT and neck dissection 2 weeks ago and final pathology showed only papillary cancer. Yay!
None of my lymph nodes were malignant and no sign of spread beyond thyroid. So all good news. I still don't understand why medullary was mentioned on the biopsy report but I guess these things are imprecise. I never thought I'd be happy to hear I had any type of cancer but when I found out I just had papillary I was so excited I nearly set back my recovery by throwing my neck around hugging family!
I have found out since that you can get pap and med thyroid cancer together but lucky for me I just have stage 1 papillary :-)

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