"suspicious cancerous cells"

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"suspicious cancerous cells"

by eve1982 on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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    I have a question..... I had a biopsy on Sep. 05, 2008 and the cyst (very visable cyst) and my right thyroid had suspicious cancerous cells.  The doctor told me that he has to remove my right thyroid gland.  Why is that?  What if it's not cancer?  How will I live with only one side of my thyroid glad?  Or will they end up removing the whole thing?  How is my body going to react to all this?  Will I be able to run again like I use to? (I am a marathon runner)  I'm very nervous.  I have never gotton surgery before.  Please help.

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by Wesley1 on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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Eve, you do not need your thyroid to live.  They can ablate it or remove it and supplement your body with the necessary hormones.  There is lots of info on thyroid cancer on the internet.  Wes 

 

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by momtogirls on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 10/6/2008 eve1982 wrote:

    I have a question..... I had a biopsy on Sep. 05, 2008 and the cyst (very visable cyst) and my right thyroid had suspicious cancerous cells.  The doctor told me that he has to remove my right thyroid gland.  Why is that?  What if it's not cancer?  How will I live with only one side of my thyroid glad?  Or will they end up removing the whole thing?  How is my body going to react to all this?  Will I be able to run again like I use to? (I am a marathon runner)  I'm very nervous.  I have never gotton surgery before.  Please help.

Eve,

I also had "suspicious cancer cell" for my biopsy. What it means that the sample they got might have some cancer cells. I had mine in left and dr had to take out entire thyroid. because my tumor was 4 cm. Not to worry. The surgery is not a big deal ... there is definately discomfort...

but rest assured your life will be okay. I just finished my 6 month checkup and let me tell you..this incident will change your life and faith in god.

And yes you will be run again..I can do kick boxing 8 wks after surgery / radiation

please read all the post here they are very imformative...

shilpa

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by dinparadise on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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Nodules/cysts are not on the outside of the thyroid; it's inside so they can't just remove the nodule.  If it contains cancer cells, it must be removed eventually to prevent spread just like any other cancer.  If they find it is cancer, the chances are they will take both sides; total thyroidectomy.  The surgery is not difficult at all.  The cancer actually isn't difficult; very curable.  You will have to go through some treatments, but they are more of an inconvenience. 

Your life will definitely be normal.  It doesn't affect you like other cancers do.  AFter the treatments, you'll be doing everything you did before you found the cancer and more.  Read...Read...REad and you'll understand better what you are facing.

You'll be fine...ask questions when in doubt.  We are not doctors, we are only patients that are more than happy to share our experiences with you!

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by eve1982 on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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    Thank you so much guys!  This is a big help.  I'm not AS scared as I was before but this message board is making me feel way better :)

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by clarke on Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:00 AM

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My mom had a suspicious biopsy, one side removed, no cancer.  I had a suspicious biopsy, one side removed, pathology showed cancer so they had to go back in and take out the other side. 2 surgeries.  My surgeon said he doesn't do a frozen section during surgery because often, it misses the cancer ( mine was just under 1 cm) and you have to go back in anyway. Others have been able to have it diagnosed while on the table and the other side can be removed if necessary then so 1 surgery.

Good luck to you!

 

 

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by Chanone on Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:00 AM

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Eve,

Find a specialist! Endocrinologist or preferably and Thyroid Cancer specialist. I had 2 biopsy’s before they determined I had cancer. The first one came back inconclusive with suspicious cells, the second (a smaller sample) determined I had papillary cancer. Talk to a specialist or two!

 

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by courtneyk on Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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My biopsy also came back suspicious. They said the only way to tell was to do a thyroidectomy, either partial or total. My endo told me my chances were 25% that it would be cancer. She said do not let the ENT talk me into doing a partial. If he did and it turned out to be cancer he would have to go back a week later and perform another surgery. I met with him and he said my chances were just 15% that it was cancer and if it was his sister he would have her do a partial. He also said if it turned out to be cancer that he wasn't going to lie, it would be very painful having that second surgery being how sore you are from the first. I asked him if he hated his sister :). Im usually one that just would go with the flow and do what he suggests but I just knew I couldn't handle 2 surgeries so I insisted a total. I don't care if I have half a thyroid if I have to take meds anyhow it just goes back to how comfortable he felt doing a total since its a little more risky. He assured me he felt completely fine with that and thats what we did. What do you know, it was cancer. They even had a pathologist in the room and he wasn't able to tell either. I didn't find out for 5 days post surgery. I feel that was the best decision I ever made. The surgery was really no big deal for me but you are very sore after. It creeped me out to touch my neck for like 3 weeks after. I can't even imagine having another surgery a week apart or even 6 weeks after. Thats just my experience, Im sure someone whose had to do it twice will say it wasn't too bad but we are all here to share, right? Just go with your gut and good luck!

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by deannaz on Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 10/11/2008 courtneyk wrote:

My biopsy also came back suspicious. They said the only way to tell was to do a thyroidectomy, either partial or total. My endo told me my chances were 25% that it would be cancer. She said do not let the ENT talk me into doing a partial. If he did and it turned out to be cancer he would have to go back a week later and perform another surgery. I met with him and he said my chances were just 15% that it was cancer and if it was his sister he would have her do a partial. He also said if it turned out to be cancer that he wasn't going to lie, it would be very painful having that second surgery being how sore you are from the first. I asked him if he hated his sister :). Im usually one that just would go with the flow and do what he suggests but I just knew I couldn't handle 2 surgeries so I insisted a total. I don't care if I have half a thyroid if I have to take meds anyhow it just goes back to how comfortable he felt doing a total since its a little more risky. He assured me he felt completely fine with that and thats what we did. What do you know, it was cancer. They even had a pathologist in the room and he wasn't able to tell either. I didn't find out for 5 days post surgery. I feel that was the best decision I ever made. The surgery was really no big deal for me but you are very sore after. It creeped me out to touch my neck for like 3 weeks after. I can't even imagine having another surgery a week apart or even 6 weeks after. Thats just my experience, Im sure someone whose had to do it twice will say it wasn't too bad but we are all here to share, right? Just go with your gut and good luck!
I agree that having the whole thyroid out is better than having to go through 2 surgeries within a short amount of time. 

I have been just diagonased with thyroid cancer. I did 2 biopsy's each one came back atypical which means that there is a chance that it may be cancer 20%.  My nodule was quite large.  My endo gave me the option as to remove the whole or a partical.  I chose to remove the whole because I have a family history of cancer and as someone said you just take a pill to regulate everything the sad part is if I did not have the whole thing removed I would not know that I had cancer.  My nodule was not cancer but the other half of my thyroid did have cancer and that their was 4 spots they were small and then the endo left it upto me if I wanted the RAI.  I said heck yea! If I was not a cautious person to begin with I would not know that I had it in the first place.  I start my low idd on Nov 4th.  This site has answered alot of my questions.  I get my RAI on the 12th.  

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by dragonjss42 on Mon Oct 24, 2016 09:58 AM

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My FNAB just came back a few days ago and said it was suspicious. My Dr. is supposed to referee me to an endocrinologist do all suspicious results have to be surgicaly removed or will there be further testing.

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