Topic: Thyroid Cancer

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Posted on: Jan 3, 2016 08:51PM

Posted on: Jan 3, 2016 08:51PM

bellhouse7 wrote:

I had double mastectomy 3 weeks ago with right lumph node involvemt, during pet scan before surgery, thyroid cance was found, havingit removed tomorrow, is this separate type of cancer,a coincidence or what?


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Jan 25, 2022 06:09PM - edited Jan 25, 2022 06:15PM by cp418

Wrenn - Oh, I so hear you about finding these cysts or nodules during other scans. Been there too when I had a US scan for diverticulitis and they discovered a small pancreatic cyst. After yearly MRI scans to monitor it, I finally told my GP I couldn't take the anxiety and stress anymore and to stop these yearly scans.

The US technician mentioned like you said - how common these thyroid nodules are in the population (due to pollution and radiation exposure).

Yes - my TSH level and thyroid symptoms were elevated and occurred when I was taking Letrozole too. I've been on the Armour Thyroid medication now for about 10 years. These medications are so powerful that increasing my dose when my TSH started to creep up swung me into the hyper thyroid state. My TSH was very very low and suppressed so maybe this condition aggravated the formation of nodules. Who knows?

Off Topic - I have to mention that I LOVE Vancouver, BC after a short trip some years ago. I want to go back! The city and surrounding area were beautiful!

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Feb 24, 2022 08:42AM - edited Feb 24, 2022 08:43AM by cp418

Update - I was able to get a repeat US done with extensive views of lymph nodes around the neck. Good news - it identified a single very small nodule of minimal concern and not the previous findings. This confirms how subjective an interpretation can be on some of these scans and how getting a second opinion is always worth some peace of mind. This second US was done at a different facility - MSK (NJ) which specializes in Thyroid Nodules.

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Feb 24, 2022 09:59PM jrnj wrote:

cp418. I had a rough summer. 3 nodules tirad4. I thought I had cancer. 2 Under 1 cm too small to biopsy. 1 was 2 cm and was biopsied. Also major fight with primary who read report wrong and would not prescribe biopsy, I couldn’t get in to endocrinologist. An ent wrote the script. Turned out benign. 4 months later saw endocrinologist. She said they don’t look suspicious to her and the tirad system is very inaccurate. I also had a lump in my throat when I swallowed and I considered getting them removed but no one thinks that’s a good idea. I heard about radio therapy but only in ny. After 5 months lump is better. I think it was the steroid shot the stupid rheumatologist gave me. Which msk office? I live near Middletown. Went there for a chemo opinion.

Pleomorphic Multifocal, Extra nodal Extension, Lymphovascular Invasion. TEs removed due to infection Dx 8/15/2019, LCIS, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/15/2019, ILC, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/24/2019 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 12/2/2019 CMF Radiation Therapy 3/30/2020 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/4/2020 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 8/6/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/25/2020 Surgery 1/29/2021 Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (Right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/10/2021 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 2, 2022 07:29PM janewhite wrote:

Last year, diagnosed with DCIS, lumpectomy then mastectomy.

Now, I've got some thyroid nodules. Appointment with endo is Tuesday, probably going to have a biopsy.

I'm not sure how to feel about this. I know there's like a 10% chance it's cancer, I also know that the probability of Really Bad cancer is much smaller.

I just want to know, one way or the other, and get it over with.

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Apr 2, 2022 10:00PM tb90 wrote:

Thyroid nodules are extremely common. When we find them, most often through tests for other conditions, we look for a cause. Then we associate what we are doing in our lives and treatments as possible causation. But this is non scientific and usually inaccurate. They may be caused by simply being human. Biopsies of nodules are often inconclusive, very frustrating. Tirads 4 is not concerning at all. I was Tirads 5 and after a total thyroidectomy, benign. Now dependent upon synthetic drugs to keep me alive. I have felt completely normal since surgery but not everyone does. I suggest ongoing monitoring. A good endocrinologist is a must. A good looking one even better (mine). Lol. When I was being monitored for nodules and discovered that I may have breast cancer, he told me to forget all about the nodules as their threat was nothing compared to bc. I love how he helped me manage my stress at that time. I hope this can help you too. You have already faced far worse. As we age, we have lumps and bumps everywhere. The words of my sweet and wise father always trying to reassure me

Dx 11/28/2013, DCIS, Grade 2 Surgery 12/18/2013 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2014 Breast
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Apr 5, 2022 04:01PM - edited Apr 5, 2022 04:01PM by bgross144

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Radiation Therapy Lymph nodes Radiation Therapy Left breast Local Metastases Surgery Cryotherapy (Right); Lumpectomy (Left); Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal (Right); Mastectomy (Right): Modified Radical, Nipple Sparing, Partial, Radical, Simple, Skin Sparing; Prophylactic mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Right)
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Apr 11, 2022 09:20PM ceanna wrote:

janewhite, I hope your tests went well and they didn't discover any problems.

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Internal catheter Surgery Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right)
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May 10, 2022 04:56PM janewhite wrote:

Ceanna, I had my biopsy done, but they didn't get enough cells, so we need to wait a couple more months and then repeat the biopsy! Fun times.

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May 10, 2022 06:56PM ceanna wrote:

Oh Jane, I'm sorry the biopsy was inconclusive and that you have to repeat. Not a fun test if I recall! I had the same thing happen but didn't repeat the biopsy but found a specialist. Just keep following up and try again to find answers. Perhaps look into a thyroid/parathyroid specialist--your four parathyroids are embedded behind the thyroid so it can take some bloodwork (if your calcium levels are consistently higher than normal and PSH hormone level off means it could be paras instead). Thanks for the update!

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Internal catheter Surgery Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right)
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May 10, 2022 07:51PM homemom wrote:

I had a small swelling in my upper neck, midway. When I was diagnosed with BC I asked my MO about it. She felt it and didn't think it was anything but said the PET scan will show if there is anything. There wasn't. Seeing this makes me wonder what it was/is. I haven't noticed it lately

Dx 3/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Surgery 5/6/2014 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 5/30/2014 AC Chemotherapy 7/25/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/16/2014 Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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