Thyroid Nodule/Cancer Need Info 
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 Thyroid Nodule/Cancer Need Info

I am looking at probable surgery for removal of a Thyroid nodule that has
a "15%" chance of being malignant, according to my doctor. I would
appreciate any information regarding similar experiences from others who
may have had this type of operation. In addition, since the surgeon that
did the biopsy said I could take up to two months to make a decision as to
how I would like to proceed, I would like to find out more about
alternative posibilities. Since learning of this, I have discovered
several other people who are either now or have recently gone through the
same thing. I have also learned that up to 50% of all people have thyroid
nodules, whether they know it or not. My question is: Is surgery the best
approach or, since I am fortunate to half full insurance coverage, is this
just the medical establishment's disease of the month? Any input will be
appreciated. I will check this BBS but you may also e-mail me at

Richard


Mon, 06 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Thyroid Nodule/Cancer Need Info

Quote:

>I am looking at probable surgery for removal of a Thyroid nodule that has
>a "15%" chance of being malignant, according to my doctor. I would
>appreciate any information regarding similar experiences from others who
>may have had this type of operation. In addition, since the surgeon that
>did the biopsy said I could take up to two months to make a decision as to
>how I would like to proceed, I would like to find out more about
>alternative posibilities. Since learning of this, I have discovered
>several other people who are either now or have recently gone through the
>same thing. I have also learned that up to 50% of all people have thyroid
>nodules, whether they know it or not. My question is: Is surgery the best
>approach or, since I am fortunate to half full insurance coverage, is this
>just the medical establishment's disease of the month? Any input will be
>appreciated. I will check this BBS but you may also e-mail me at

>Richard

Thyroid nodules are indeed common, but malignancy is more likely if
you're male, had radiation to the neck in childhood, or have a "cold"
nodule on nuclear scanning.  These days, the first test recommended
for evaluating nodules of the thyroid is a fine needle aspiration
biopsy.  If the nodule is tough to biopsy, then some would suggest an
attempt at suppression with thyroid hormone. This has recently been
shown to be much less effective than previously thought. Have you seen
an endocrinologist, or just a surgeon?  If the endocrinologist thinks
you should have it surgically removed, I'd go ahead! They tend to be
conservative...  Good luck!
General Internal Medicine
Sacramento, California


Tue, 07 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Thyroid Nodule/Cancer Need Info
Hi --

  I had thyroid surgery two years ago and it was 20% chance in being
malignant. It turns out that it were two different nodules in my left
portion of my thyroid gland. I was off work for two weeks. I had an
excellent surgeon (and thyroidologist!)!

   I agree with the previous reply --  being male and young is suspicious
for thyroid problems. I did not want to chance that 20% and I am glad that
I made that decision.




Sun, 19 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 
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