Thyroid problems 18 years after chemo and radiation for Hodgkin's

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Thyroid problems 18 years after chemo and radiation for Hodgkin's

by dinazulu on Wed Dec 21, 2016 08:57 PM

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Hello-

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 1998 when I was 13 years old.  I underwent chemo and radiation to my chest and neck.  I vaguely recall being told about "other" cancers that I may have to worry about later in life as a result of my radiation exposure.  Well...this is later in life now.

I'm a 32 year old woman who was diagnosed in January 2015 with a goiter. It was an incidental discovery while I was being examined for my complaints of a sore throat and ear infection. Eventually, I learned that it is a multi nodular goiter and I have hashimoto's thyroid disease.  I get periodic thyroid ultrasounds to monitor the size and growth of the thyroid nodules and I take levothyroxine. 

Last week I had another routine ultrasound, but this one did not come back quite as innocent.  The ultrasound is showing  what was once a "cystic nodule" is now a solid nodule...which is slightly more concerning and requires follow up pathology.  Now I am scheduled for a biopsy.  I haven't really had any symptoms out of the ordinary other than my energy level...it's completely gone.  I am exhausted.  I don't know if my thyroid levels are off, if my goiter is growing, if I have cancer.

Any other childhood radiation people out there who are now experiencing similar issues?  I just hope it isn't cancer.

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