Findings underscore importance of prevention efforts
by Esb7176 on Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:00 AM
I hope someone can help me. I had a FNA today for a nodule on my thyroid. I've had a biospy about 18 months ago the was benign but the nodule has grown a little bit. Today the doctor doing the biopsy said "hmm...there is some calcium". Then he finished what he was doing and left. Now I've been reading all of these scary articles basically telling me I have cancer. Can anyone here help me? I'm a 30 year old female, and I'm very frightened.
by Hsmama on Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:00 AM
I don't want to scare you, just give you my decisions for surgery. If you read the message board, everyone is so different in their experience. I am a 42 year old RN with a family and my daughters are 6 and 13. They gave me a reason to do my best, to be a positive example to them through this cancer. Although at times it was hard, but focusing on the positive sure helped me get through it.
I too looked online for information, there is soooo much out there. After an ultrasound, they found a single nodule >1.5 cm on my left thyroid with microcalcification inside a calcified nodule. I know you just said calcified. The next step was fine needle biopsy, but I came across a study that noted a high percentage/probability of papillary cancer with the microcalcifications (psammoma) within a single, calcified nodule. I also looked at the false negative rates of fine needle biopsies and decided I just wanted them to take the left lobe out and find out for sure if it was cancer. For me, not knowing if I was walking around w/cancer was worse. If it was cancer, I wanted to get it out early and increase my chances of continuing on w/life. I could not have it loom over my head and I don't like needles (funny huh to hear an RN say), so having to monitor it every 6 months IF the fine needle came out negative for cancer was not an option for me. I spoke w/my ENT and he agreed that he could remove the left thyroid and do a frozen section to check the nodule while I was in the operating room. If they found cancer cells, the plan was to remove both sides of the thyroid. When I woke up from surgery I asked 1 or 2, and they said 2 sides were removed. I did the healing from surgery, went off the Cytomel, did the low iodine diet, went through the radioactive iodine treatment and thankfully just got news of a clean whole body scan (10 days after treatment) on my birthday 6/18! I'm on Synthroid and am ready to get back into LIFE! Still a little tired, but ready to move on.
Just something to think about and discuss your specifics with your doctor. Everyone is different. Ask all your options and what is the worst case scenario ... even if you don't want to hear it, it will help the doctor to help inform you so you can make a better decision for your particular case.
Hoping your next steps go well. Only natural to worry, but try to keep in the positive as best you can and seek support. This message board has been a great help to me, even if some of the stuff seems pretty scary, I learned things from the actual patients that the doctor didn't mention. By the time I went through it all, there weren't many surprises for me!
Hang in there and move forward -- don't let the fear get the best of you!
by Pattiann on Mon Mar 05, 2012 08:28 PM
Hi, I was just told that my nodules (3) are not cancerous. When talking with the doctor, he gave me the good news and in passing said I see a little calcification but nothing to worry about and we will see you in 6 months. Should I be getting more information? Or should I get more clairification from the doctor? Just don't feel riight about this.
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