Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

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Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

by CAFlwrGirl on Thu Jul 12, 2018 07:59 PM

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Hi, I am new here today and am happy to find this site. 

I had a TT a few years ago, had cancer but didn't get RAI.  My tg level has been consistant up until now.  It is still low (less than 2) but has more than doubled.  Latest U/S shows no significant change.

Do this mean a recurrence?  One doctor say it's cancer, let's operate now and one doctor says surgery or FNA not necessary at this time but watch more closely.

Does this mean cancer recurrence?  Why would my level increase?

What are your experiences?  Have you had levels increase without a recurrence?  

Thank you.

RE: Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

by butterfly501 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 03:02 AM

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On Jul 12, 2018 7:59 PM CAFlwrGirl wrote:

Hi, I am new here today and am happy to find this site. 

I had a TT a few years ago, had cancer but didn't get RAI.  My tg level has been consistant up until now.  It is still low (less than 2) but has more than doubled.  Latest U/S shows no significant change.

Do this mean a recurrence?  One doctor say it's cancer, let's operate now and one doctor says surgery or FNA not necessary at this time but watch more closely.

Does this mean cancer recurrence?  Why would my level increase?

What are your experiences?  Have you had levels increase without a recurrence?  

Thank you.

What was the level before and what is it now?

If U/S shows no significant change what would they do during surgery?  What would they FNA?

RE: Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

by CAFlwrGirl on Fri Jul 13, 2018 04:37 AM

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On Jul 13, 2018 3:02 AM butterfly501 wrote:

On Jul 12, 2018 7:59 PM CAFlwrGirl wrote:

Hi, I am new here today and am happy to find this site. 

I had a TT a few years ago, had cancer but didn't get RAI.  My tg level has been consistant up until now.  It is still low (less than 2) but has more than doubled.  Latest U/S shows no significant change.

Do this mean a recurrence?  One doctor say it's cancer, let's operate now and one doctor says surgery or FNA not necessary at this time but watch more closely.

Does this mean cancer recurrence?  Why would my level increase?

What are your experiences?  Have you had levels increase without a recurrence?  

Thank you.

What was the level before and what is it now?

If U/S shows no significant change what would they do during surgery?  What would they FNA?

The levels were about .60, now about 1.75 if I remember correctly. 

There is something they've been measuring.  Thyroid bed or lymph nodes, not really sure.  So I guess that is what they would remove or FNA.  Thanks...

RE: Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

by butterfly501 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 08:29 AM

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On Jul 13, 2018 4:37 AM CAFlwrGirl wrote:

On Jul 13, 2018 3:02 AM butterfly501 wrote:

On Jul 12, 2018 7:59 PM CAFlwrGirl wrote:

Hi, I am new here today and am happy to find this site. 

I had a TT a few years ago, had cancer but didn't get RAI.  My tg level has been consistant up until now.  It is still low (less than 2) but has more than doubled.  Latest U/S shows no significant change.

Do this mean a recurrence?  One doctor say it's cancer, let's operate now and one doctor says surgery or FNA not necessary at this time but watch more closely.

Does this mean cancer recurrence?  Why would my level increase?

What are your experiences?  Have you had levels increase without a recurrence?  

Thank you.

What was the level before and what is it now?

If U/S shows no significant change what would they do during surgery?  What would they FNA?

The levels were about .60, now about 1.75 if I remember correctly. 

There is something they've been measuring.  Thyroid bed or lymph nodes, not really sure.  So I guess that is what they would remove or FNA.  Thanks...

Yes, the ultrasound is what measures the lymph nodes and thyroid bed.  So if it's unchanged, that's really odd.

Anyhow, since you haven't had initial I-131 ablation, that would probably be the best place to start if the Tg continues to rise over time.

Good Luck!

RE: Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

by ToddlerFather on Fri Jul 13, 2018 07:01 PM

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Increasing Tg means increased number of thyrodean cells, but not necessarly cancer. Even a TT can't get 100% of tissues out , so if didn't get RAI, it would be normal for them to increase over time. 

Whether it's cancer or not is too soon to tell. As others suggested, do a RAI, and reassess Tg levels over time. 

RE: Increased tg levels, cancer recurrence?

by BiomedEE on Fri Aug 03, 2018 01:15 PM

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Just be sure on the Tg reading you didn't take Biotin in any vitamin, supplement, or otherwise for a few days before the reading. It can interfere with the reading.

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