Thyroid Cancer Concerns

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Thyroid Cancer Concerns

by ADobler82 on Tue Jan 08, 2019 08:55 PM

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Hi all, my mom had thyroid cancer when she was a teen. They removed her thyroid. She's now 68 and recently found a mass in her lymph node. She had a needly biopsy, which was inconclusive but because she had thyroid cancer in her past, they assumed that it is cancerous. I know it's my mom's journey, but I need help in understanding. The doctor indicated that it is common for cancer cells from a thyroid to reappear in your lymph nodes. She did have a PET scan last week, so hoping that will give some more clarity. Anyone have any experience with anything like this. She's determined that it's not cancer, but it's uncertain with the biopsy being inconclusive, what the next steps will be. Any thoughts are much appreciated. 

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by butterfly501 on Wed Jan 09, 2019 01:56 AM

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On Jan 08, 2019 8:55 PM ADobler82 wrote:

Hi all, my mom had thyroid cancer when she was a teen. They removed her thyroid. She's now 68 and recently found a mass in her lymph node. She had a needly biopsy, which was inconclusive but because she had thyroid cancer in her past, they assumed that it is cancerous. I know it's my mom's journey, but I need help in understanding. The doctor indicated that it is common for cancer cells from a thyroid to reappear in your lymph nodes. She did have a PET scan last week, so hoping that will give some more clarity. Anyone have any experience with anything like this. She's determined that it's not cancer, but it's uncertain with the biopsy being inconclusive, what the next steps will be. Any thoughts are much appreciated. 

What has her thyroglobulin (Tg) levels been?

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by ToddlerFather on Wed Jan 09, 2019 02:25 AM

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Was the PET scan with or without Tyrogen ? 

She might be fixed in the idea of not being cancer equating cancer to death; depending on the growth, it might take decades for the mass to become a threat, like it took 5 decades to get to what it is now. 

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by ADobler82 on Wed Jan 09, 2019 09:31 PM

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I believe it iwas with. What kind of information will she get back with the PET scan? I"m not sure what to expect. 

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by butterfly501 on Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:50 PM

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On Jan 09, 2019 9:31 PM ADobler82 wrote:

I believe it iwas with. What kind of information will she get back with the PET scan? I"m not sure what to expect. 

What's your mother's thyroglobulin level?  That's way more important than a PET scan at this point.

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by ADobler82 on Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:53 PM

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I will ask, would that be in her bloodwork?

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by butterfly501 on Thu Jan 10, 2019 03:05 AM

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Yes. 

They monitor thyroglobulin (Tg) and thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAB) at least annually.

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by Ggm10 on Thu Jan 10, 2019 07:03 PM

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Sorry to interviene in this post, I have Thyroid cancer too, and my Thyroglobulin is 0.5 and the Thyroglobulin Antibodies are 106 (normaly should be under 2) but the dr said it should be not a concern as the nodule did not change in size from last year (9mm) even if last year teh TG was 26 and the TGAB 12. Not sure if that is of help but if is not and anybody has a bit of advise from their experience it will be appreciated. Thank you! 

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by ToddlerFather on Fri Jan 11, 2019 02:40 AM

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On Jan 09, 2019 9:31 PM ADobler82 wrote:

I believe it iwas with. What kind of information will she get back with the PET scan? I"m not sure what to expect. 

Just to be sure, Thyrogen would require 2 previous visits to the clinic to inject Thyrogen, and although it wouldn't require a too restrictive diet, it would have required at least a bit of constraint with some foods with too much iodine. The objective of Thyrogen is to get TSH level to skyrocket and make all thyrodean cells "excited". 

A PET scan done with Thyrogen would "lit up" any thyrodean tumourous cells and make them appear as cells taking too much sugar in the scan. It would reveal the existence of those cells, but wouldn't say much about their differentiation level. 

On the other hand, a PET scan done without Thyrogen would only make thyrodean cells that have suffered so much differentiation to not resemble original thyroidean cells to appear. 

Both PET scans have use in diagnosing a condition, and the MD might have asked for one or the other. Interpreting the result is very dependent on the test conditions. 

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by ToddlerFather on Fri Jan 11, 2019 02:42 AM

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On Jan 09, 2019 10:53 PM ADobler82 wrote:

I will ask, would that be in her bloodwork?

Although Tg an TgAb that were already mentioned, it would be usual to also see TSH levels in her bloodwork for following-up such a condition. 

And more important than the levels at an specific point in time, their trends over time could be very revealing. 

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