thyroid cancer and lung nodules

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thyroid cancer and lung nodules

by Kendall on Tue May 20, 2008 12:00 AM

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I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after I had my thyroid removed for other reasons in april 07 I did the RAI treatment in June 07. I had a ct scan of my kidneys for stones last week  and they found in my lower lung 3 noncalcified nodules, totally by accident which raised concern of course cause of the cancer, well I went today for my anual widespread ultrasound and my endo saw some something that he says is undetermind at this point and is sending me immediatly for a PET scan after I informed him of the lung nodules, I am a little worried has anyone else had this problem? If so I would greatly appreciate some input as I am feeling completely alone even though I do have support no one around me understands, and it makes it very hard! Thank you! and god bless all of you!

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by Murphy1 on Wed May 21, 2008 12:00 AM

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I just had a CT scan for abdominal pain and they found a focal pulmonary nodule in my lower lung area.  I had a chest x-ray back in Nov. of 2007 and that was normal.  This is a recent development.  I am concerned too, because I recently had a thyroidectomy for papillary cancer.  It didn't say anything under the impression in the report as far as doing any kind of follow-up for the nodule. 

I think it is a good idea that you have the pet scan.  I know that thyroid cancer can spread to the lungs, so it is better to be safe.

Did your CT scan report sayanything about the nodule under the impression?  How did they describe it?

Does anyone know what a focal pulley parenchymal nodule is?

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by Learn_Something_New_Every_Day on Wed May 21, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am sorry to hear about what both of you are going through.  I am almost at the two year mark from surgery and getting ready for an RAI and scans next month.  I have had pain in my abdomen for almost a year.  It is predominately onthe right side and goes above the belly button.  I had a check xray last nov. 07 and all was fine.  my WBC has climbed to over 11,000 the last three - four months.  my dr. is not sure about the pain, but I am definitely talking with him about a CT scan of my entire abdomen and lungs as soon as possible.  I know this sounds weird but what is a PET scan?  how is it different from a CT scan.  Good luck to both of you

j

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by Kendall on Thu May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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I have to get another copy of my ct report my endo kept mine I hate it when they don't make copies, but it said I had 3 noncalcified lung nodules 2 in my right on 5 mm and the other 4 mm and one 3 mm in my left lung ( they are small so that is a plus), I belive they said the 5 mm was parenchymal too and I am not sure what that means, everything on the internet is just scattered info and I hate not knowing and no one around me understands that kind of stress! I never took my thyroid cancer too seriously because my doctor played it down saying and I quote its the best cancer to get if you have to get one ( which I think is soooo wrong!), but reading everyones stories I am not so sure and with these new development I am a little scared! I hope all goes well with you let me know and I will keep u posted! God Bless!

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by Kendall on Thu May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am sorry to hear about your problems too, I would definately get the PET scan, I havent had one yet but as far as I know its a nuclear scan that can pick up different cancers here is a link that describes it better, I to have been haveing pains on my right side they found two spots but are undertermined I just assumed they were kidey stones cause they are right by miy kidney that is how they found the lung nodules. good luck and god bless I will be praying for all of you, keep me informed please.

https://ssl.search.live.com/health/article.aspx?id=articles%2fwp%2fpages%2fp%2fo%2fs%2fPositron_emission_tomography.html&qu=Pet+Scans

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by Jeanine2008 on Thu May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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I got diagnosis several months ago and also have nodules in my lung too.  I got a lung biopisy and there is nothing wrong with the result. So my doctors are not worry about it and just want to watch them.  The good thing is I know I have those nodules two years ago and they are pretty stable.  Sometime, we have to watch and wait to see what is going on. Try to be relax and that is the only best thing we can do for ourselves.

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by Danny2008 on Thu May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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If you have multiple lung nodules then most likely they are thyroid cancer deposits in the lung.  I will get RAI treatment soon and monitor the progress to see if they disappear.  IF not, there is something call cyberknife external beam radiosurgery.   It is capable of eliminating 3 to 4 lung nodules with a few treatment.  I spoke with doctor William Harter at Georgetown university hospital, and he is very confident at such treatment.   Lung local control can done if RAI isnt working or working well.

 LOOK INTO ALL TREATMENT OPTIONS.  DO NOT LET ENDOCRINE DOCS TELL YOU THAT IT IS VERY SLOW GROWING.

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 if you have questions of suggestions as we are on the same boat.

 

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by Kendall on Fri May 23, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am glad all is well with yours were the calcified or non calcified? My are new and non calcified but I hope all is well with mine too, thank you and god bless!

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by gj4csmom on Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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I also have pain in my abdomen and have had a complete scan.  I was told that hypothyroidism can cause colon spasms and they figure out that it what I have.  One my dosage of Synthyroid got corrected, it took about a month for them to go away.

I also have lung nodules that were found during the abd. CT scan.  So, I have had a lung scan and a Pulmonary Function Test and I am awaiting those results. 

Understand one thing about lung nodules:  if these are thyroid cancer, then they are not lung cancer.  As such, the cancer should show on your Thyrogen count.  My Thyrogen count is fine so my Endo is convinced that I no longer have any thyroid cancer cells in my body (had my TT 10/07 and my RAI 1/08.)  So, if these nodules prove to be cancer, then I have lung cancer and it probably isn't from my thyroid. 

However, I am very puzzled that so many post-Thyroid cancer folks here also have lung nodules!  I was told that most of the population has some type of nodule on their thyroid.  I want if it is the same for the lungs?  Maybe we are all finding them because we are all going to the doctors for our thyroid cancer! 

Don't know but I wish everyone luck here!  Does ANYONE else ever get tired of being told, "Oh....thyroid cancer?  How lucky for you because if IS the most treatable form of cancer!"  Well, it is the "C" word!  And, the "C" word is bad no matter what form you have!  Just venting.......

On 5/21/2008 Learn Something New Every wrote:

I am sorry to hear about what both of you are going through.  I am almost at the two year mark from surgery and getting ready for an RAI and scans next month.  I have had pain in my abdomen for almost a year.  It is predominately onthe right side and goes above the belly button.  I had a check xray last nov. 07 and all was fine.  my WBC has climbed to over 11,000 the last three - four months.  my dr. is not sure about the pain, but I am definitely talking with him about a CT scan of my entire abdomen and lungs as soon as possible.  I know this sounds weird but what is a PET scan?  how is it different from a CT scan.  Good luck to both of you

j


 

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by CEE53 on Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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I appreciate all of the post and the apparent common link between lung and thyroid nodules. My story is a little reversed. I started out with a single nodule in the upper lobe of my left lung about 6 months ago. After the CT Scan my doctor pretty much minimized the chances of this nodule being cancer, so there wasno biopsy. Over the course of the next 6 months I started getting respritory infections (which never happened before). Finially during treatment of this last infection we did another CT scan. This CT scan showed a stable lung nodules, but a thyroid nodule too. Now we are off for a ultrasound of the thyroid.

 It seems to me that any nodule would be worrisome, I don't see how it could be good for you. But now two in separate organ is disturbing to me. I have had several relative die of various forms of cancer, so it seems to me to certainly be in the relm of possibility. Does anyone know how often you develop nodules in different organs and it turns out to be non-cancerous? Seem like there should be some statistics out there, but I can't find them.

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