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    Old 10-11-2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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    Need good thyroid doctor now

    Hi, I'm new to the thyroid boards. I'm wondering if anyone out there can recommend a good thyroid doctor in Southern California--anywhere between the Los Angeles area and Orange County. I've gone to a Long Beach doctor, a thyroid specialist, the last two years for an annual check up. Last year, I was told I had a very small nodule, but that it wasn't anything to worry about. This year, I went back for blood work and an ultrasound in July. The doctor said he'd call me if there were any changes. Goodness, he did call, but three months late, so, needless to say, I'm looking for a more reliable doctor. (He's actually an associate prof. at UCLA, which I find amazing). I'm a bit freaked out about the results, which the doctor literally read to me off of the ultrasound report over the phone, but didn't explain. My ultrasound showed a "well-defined mildly hypoechoic solid nodule" with "one focal shadowing calcification posteriorly." I think a nodule being solid, mildly hypoechoic, and having some calcification are all red flags, but I also think the single nodule is very small: 3.4 by 1.4 by 1.3 cm The ultrasound shows a "slight interval size increase" from the previous year--from about 1 cm to about 1.5 cm. So if anyone can recommend a good doctor so I can get this followed up, I'd greatly appreciate it. As I said, I'm a bit freaked out about this because I don't know how to read an ultrasound and know pretty nothing about thyroid cancer. (I have great insurance--Blue Cross PPO) Thank you!

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    Old 10-12-2007, 05:46 AM   #2
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    Re: Need good thyroid doctor now

    You need to find a surgeon---in UCLA, or any major teaching hospital---you've got a lot there---there should be an ontorongology (ENT) department, and there is probably a thyroid specialist, or someone who does many of them.

    You will also need a "FNA" which is a needle aspiration (not as bad as it sounds) of the nodule, to draw out some cells and have them analyzed.

    An ultrasound doesn't diagnose thyroid cancer, it is just a tool in the process of diagnosing what this nodule may be.

    Most nodules are benign, but sudden growth is a sign that you might consider getting it removed. And thyroid cancer, if it were that---and it's not, is curable, and not a deadly disease or anything, so try not to panic.

    Size doesn't determine whether or not it's cancer, but yours is on the larger size, so it should be evaluated.

    Old 10-12-2007, 09:07 AM   #3
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    Re: Need good thyroid doctor now

    I also am in So. Cali but in the Inland Empire. My specialist is at Loma Linda and is a great dr so far anyways. If you are interested in his name I think I can put it here??? I don't want to break any posting rules but I think names are alright?!?!

    Also he works out of Loma Linda hospital and all of his family including father, mother, and brother are well known thru out the community and with other dr's in the community. In fact when I went to my OB check up the dr asked who was treating my thyroid stuff and I told him the dr and he was like oh wow he is a GREAT dr! So it was nice to hear that from another professional.

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