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Old 12-30-2007, 08:46 PM
 
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I recently found out that I have a Thyroid Nodule. I had a scan and it determined that the nodule is on the left side and is 2.3 sonometers in size. I was told that I need a Thyroid Uptake and another scan to see if it is a hot or cold nodule. I have done some research and know that one type can be cancerous but the chances are very low. I also know that all of the dyes and assorted chemicals they inject you with for these tests are not the greatest thing for your kidneys. Is it also true that once you have a nodule you will get more and your Thyroid will eventually stop working? My blood work came out fine, my doctor found this during an examination.

What should be my next step ?

Thanks,
Fallgirl
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:58 PM
 
Location: The Lakes Region
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I recently found out that I have a Thyroid Nodule. I had a scan and it determined that the nodule is on the left side and is 2.3 sonometers in size. I was told that I need a Thyroid Uptake and another scan to see if it is a hot or cold nodule. I have done some research and know that one type can be cancerous but the chances are very low. I also know that all of the dyes and assorted chemicals they inject you with for these tests are not the greatest thing for your kidneys. Is it also true that once you have a nodule you will get more and your Thyroid will eventually stop working? My blood work came out fine, my doctor found this during an examination.

What should be my next step ?

Thanks,
Fallgirl
A needle biopsy, one in 2 people have a nodule after the age of 50. Thyroid cancer is very rare. See an Endocranologist not a regular Doctor....that is the most important of all...

Carrie
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:05 PM
 
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My 41 year old daughter was just recently diagnosed with several thyroid nodules, they are non cancerous so will be watched and ctscanned every three months. She was also put on the thyroid med..Synthroid, because of a low amt of hormone being released..
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:39 AM
 
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And then you wonder if these scans are harmful.
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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Default Don't Fix It If It Ain't Broke

Exactly, don't try to fix something that isn't broke, because you may be doing more harm then and introduce the possibility to actually break something.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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Pay a visit to a board certified ENT physician. They are specialists in thyroid disorders, and can do an FNA (fine need aspiration) test. You stated the size o the nodule, but I believe you meant CENTIMETERS. Medical growths or tumors are measured in metrics, and there are 2.5 centimeters to an inch.

Your physician may want to do the uptake scan, and an MRI as well. In any case, the growth needs to be investigated. The scans are done everyday, and although there are risks to any procedures, the are small for this one, especially considering the value received from such.


The physicians may recommend watching this for a while to determine its growth rate, or to see if it subsides any; he may also recommend having that side of the thyroid gland removed. During this surgery, it is tested immediately and, if cancerous, the other side is removed as well. You are then placed on thyroid medication. The good thing is that thyroid cancer is highly treatable, and offer very good long term results.

Good luck in this- please visit your physician before the growth enlarges any more.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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Default Thanks Eddiek

Thanks Eddie & all those who answered.
I am on it. I have an appointment on the 24th for the uptake scan. I am not crazy about doing this but I already learned my lesson years ago when I had fibroid tumors that I refused to let them operate on until it became a pressing situation. I need to have this taken care of because a very important job depends on me having a good medical report.

Thanks again,
Fallgirl



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Pay a visit to a board certified ENT physician. They are specialists in thyroid disorders, and can do an FNA (fine need aspiration) test. You stated the size o the nodule, but I believe you meant CENTIMETERS. Medical growths or tumors are measured in metrics, and there are 2.5 centimeters to an inch.

Your physician may want to do the uptake scan, and an MRI as well. In any case, the growth needs to be investigated. The scans are done everyday, and although there are risks to any procedures, the are small for this one, especially considering the value received from such.


The physicians may recommend watching this for a while to determine its growth rate, or to see if it subsides any; he may also recommend having that side of the thyroid gland removed. During this surgery, it is tested immediately and, if cancerous, the other side is removed as well. You are then placed on thyroid medication. The good thing is that thyroid cancer is highly treatable, and offer very good long term results.

Good luck in this- please visit your physician before the growth enlarges any more.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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Needle biopsy is the way to go but understand that I was told that these results usually come back inconclusive due to the fact that if you have many nodules it is hard to find that hot one. Therefore you need to keep having it checked for size growth. Most have family members with this disorder or cancer to have concerns. Be very active in treatment and keep yourself healthy.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I recently found out that I have a Thyroid Nodule. I had a scan and it determined that the nodule is on the left side and is 2.3 sonometers in size. I was told that I need a Thyroid Uptake and another scan to see if it is a hot or cold nodule. I have done some research and know that one type can be cancerous but the chances are very low. I also know that all of the dyes and assorted chemicals they inject you with for these tests are not the greatest thing for your kidneys. Is it also true that once you have a nodule you will get more and your Thyroid will eventually stop working? My blood work came out fine, my doctor found this during an examination.

What should be my next step ?

Thanks,
Fallgirl
I have a nodule on mine too. Not having any issues at all.
Had a needle biopsy as soon as it was found. All is fine.
That was 2 years ago. I have had my levels checked 3x since then. Still ok.
Cancer of the thyroid is very very rare and in the event that it was cancer( doubtful) it is almost always curable.
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I have nodules also - just make sure to see an Endo. - they'll usually do ultrasounds on it/them and if there is a change in size that will determine whether they want to do an FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration). Don't worry, as others said, most times it's nothing to worry about.
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