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    Old 11-14-2008, 06:54 AM   #1
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    Hurtle cells?

    I am a 33 year old, non-smoker, female (which I understand are all in my favor for a more positive prognosis). I was diagnosed years ago with Hashimotos, then hypothyroidism and more recently, due to further symptoms, had a thyroid u/s, fine needle aspiration, and barrium swallow. I saw the surgeon recently who indicated that there was Hurthle cells seen on the biopsy. I also distinctly remember her saying that I did not have cancer but that we would not know if it was a malignant tumor or a benign tumor until she took the left side out. Everything I have read on the internet since this appointment seems to point out that it would be at this point called a Hurtle Cell Neoplasm (HCN) until it is removed and done a histological study at which point they can determine if it is a Hurtle Cell Adenoma (HCA) or Hurtle Cell Carinoma (HCC), is this correct? Does it mean I have cancer but we are uncertain yet if it is benign or malignant?

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    Old 11-14-2008, 07:10 AM   #2
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    Re: Hurtle cells?

    Welcome to the board!

    Benign means non cancer, you don't have cancer, and malignant means cancer, you do have cancer.

    So at this point, you don't know. All you know is that you have a nodule with hurthle cells in it, and you need to have it removed, they will see if it's encapsulated or not, if it is encapsulated, it's "benign"---not cancer, if it's not, it's "malignant" cancer.

    First, don't worry too much, just make sure you have a great surgeon that does many thyroids. I had thyroid cancer years ago, and I'm fine, it's curable. My surgery was very easy.

    After surgery, if it's cancerous, you will have a radiation pill treatment to iradicate all thyroid tissue, and then you will take enough medication to make sure that the thyroid tissue doesn't grow back.

    Hopefully everything is fine.....

     
    Old 11-14-2008, 08:48 AM   #3
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    Re: Hurtle cells?

    reece-I too am confused about a similar biopsy finding and will post in a separate thread.

    Jenn-I can see why you are so confused. I do not understand my similar biopsy either! The cancer specialist said you can wait and watch or have it out now. It seemed so --inconclusive. Best of luck to you and let us know how it goes. Are you going to have surgery soon?

     
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