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    Old 03-05-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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    Biopsy Fear

    Hello, Today my new Endo had me come in for a fine needle biopsy on nodules near my thyroid. Now I have a week to go for the results and am very worried. As most of us, I have been through seven years of health hell.

    After losing my parents to cancer. (Dad-Lung/Mom-Uterine), naturally, I'm extremely concerned. Especially since I don't believe in the methods to fight cancer.

    Can anyone tell me what they know of thyroid cancer? Any symptoms I should have if I do have it? The doctor gave me no signs. He only wanted to know (again) if my Mom had hypothyroidism. (*this dr doesn't believe I have a thyroid issue yet..since my last labs showed I was in the average range.)
    He doesn't care to hear the fact that cytomel from my last Doctor helped me.

    I am at a loss.
    Any input would be helpful.
    Thank you.

     
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    Old 03-06-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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    Re: Biopsy Fear

    Start with 90-95% chance it isn't cancer.

    The first thing to accept is that thyroid cancer isn't the same as other types of cancer. Thyroid cancer is like the guy from high-school who never moved out of his parents house and got job or a girlfriend. Lazy good for nothing cancer.

    Thyroid cancer is very successfully treated. 97% of all thyroid cancer is cured by surgical removal of the thyroid, often with additional treatment with a single very low dose radioactive iodine to kill any stray cancer cells. (I haven't seen any comments about RAI making people feel sick) Also thyroid surgery done by a specialist is very safe and successful.

    PS: I saw one paper listing outcomes for thyroid cancer. One category males between the ages of 30 to 40 had a fatality rate of 0% (none of them died).

    So your worst case downside isn't that bad here. But, you likely do not have cancer. (Waiting is annoying tho)

     
    Old 03-06-2013, 02:51 AM   #3
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    Re: Biopsy Fear

    Well, I feel better. And I had a good laugh, over lazy good for nothing cancer analogy. Thanks!
    I think I have PTSD from first it being assumed I had Brain Cancer, to being misdiagnosed with MS, to the discovery & beating Lyme Disease.. Now this.

    I'm numb to all of it.
    Never know what's going to happen next kind of feeling.
    But I appreciate insight with humor. Thanks again.

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    Old 03-08-2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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    Re: Biopsy Fear

    The Dr called this morn. It's thyroid papillary cancer. I go in next Wednesday to talk about surgery and I'm a nervous wreck because in my life I've lost many people to cancer and it all fell apart after that first surgery.

     
    Old 03-08-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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    Just take it one step at a time. Nowadays, at top cancer hospitals such as sloane kettering, they don't even consider pappillary thyroid cancer actually cancer if it is does not invade outside the nodule. (this used to be only for the follicular type). Often all you need is a thyroidectomy.

    Use a top thyroid surgeon, you can even wait to find one with thyroid cancer. My surgery was really easy, as was my recovery. I had thyroid cancer about 8 years ago, and I'm no worse for the wear---the is not at all like other cancers, as it is slow growing, easily treatable (no chemo) and curable in most cases.

    Don't even think of other types, right now, good luck on your surgery, you will be fine, this is just an annoying bump in the road, that you will actually have difficulty remembering in a few years from now.

     
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    Old 03-08-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
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    Well not the best news, but listen to Reece. And do post back. Other peoples experiences are helpful and comforting to those that follow.

     
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