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Thyroid Nodules calcificated suspected to be cancer

From: Penny Yu - 4 years 12 weeks ago

Hello All,

it's Penny from China, my mother is 59 this year and found Thyroid Nodules (serveral) in both sides, with amalgamative calcification, & it's suspected to be cancer, all the Nodules are small then 4mm & I really don't know if we should do the surgery or not.

is the surgery the only way we can find out it's cancer?

Could you please give me some advices how & what to do next?

thank you so much for your great help & please let me know if any other information you need.

thank you.

Best regards
Penny

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Dear Penny,

I know how scary this is as I have been through it also. I am 52, had 6 nodules treated with RI in 2005. Two came back this past year (2011) and the FNA was inconclusive. However, I had a feeling and insisted the Drs do a Total Thyroidectomy. I had Papillary Carcinoma. NOT in the nodules, they were benign; it was in the thyroid tissue. It was very small and I am cancer free now.
Take it out. The thyroidectomy is no picnic, I am not going to lie to you. But, take it out. Both lobes and close lymph nodes, not just one at a time. Thyroid cancer is the most curable form of any of the cancers. The odds are VERY, VERY much in your favor that it is the curable kind. Research what you can, however follow your gut. Take it out so you know the next step otherwise you will walk around feeling like you are a ticking time bomb and it will absorb all of your thoughts full of "what ifs". You can tackle the known and live, it is the unknown that will scare you to death.
Keep your chin up, get a good support system of help around you for the recovery from surgery, and don’t rush into other treatments like RI, Chemo or other stuff until you are strong from the surgery. A few weeks will not make a difference in the outcome. Be prepared to ride the hypothyroid/hyperthyroid roller coaster for 6-12 months while they regulate your synthetic thyroid hormone replacement. You will feel better in time with a good Endocrinologist supporting you. If you don't have that support, find another doctor and another and another until you and her/him are on the same page for your treatment. They need to be onboard the Penny Team or they're off. An ENT will usually be the surgeon, not the Endo. Get recommendations and ask about their experience level.
Be strong, have faith! Others, like me, have made it through this bump in our life road! I am rooting for you!
Sending Prayers and Love,
Jill

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Dear Jill,

thank you very much for your advices & support!

I think you're right, cuz by blood exam or ultrasonic scan can't make it clear if ti's benign, the only way is to pare for the surgery.

I know that my monther is very worried about it & I really want to do something for her. What I can do is find the correct solution & support her.

Thanks very much again for your experiencs sharing & I can get more confidnece when making decision.

All the best!

Penny Yu

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Best of Luck, Penny! Let me know how things go for you, I will be praying for the best and highest outcome!
Jill

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