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7.7 cm nodule

Hello- I am a 35 y/o female.  Looking at pictures of myself a few months ago I noticed my neck was bigger on one side than it was on the other.  To make a long story shorter, I have a 7.7 cm cold nodule on my right side.  I had an ultrasound and a thyroid uptake scan.  All of my thyroid labs are normal.  I saw the endo doctor last week, he is doing a needle biopsy this week.  Both my regular doctor and the endo doctor said there is a "real concern" given the size of my nodule.  I can't believe that I've not noticed this earlier.  Now that I know about it, it seams like it's causing all kinds of problems.  I can't breath when I lie flat on my back, I cant lift my arms above my head with out almost passing out.  They are telling me to expect surgery reguardless of results of the biopsy.  Which actually I am fine with.  My question is, could this very large nodule actually not be cancer?  Because, I can't imagine that it would get to be this large, and the doctors would express so much concern for me, if it wasn't cancer.  So, I pretty much am expecting the cancer diagnosis.  But of course, it would be great if it wasn't.  I'm handling it all pretty well right now, a little freaked about the biopsy tomarrow, but overall ok so far.
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I had a 9cm tumore removed about 9 years ago.  Non malignant.  Unfortunatly I have had a major problem with the parathyroids that completly stopped working.  Ended up back in the hospital in CCU for a week on liquid calcium.  I felt it was very important that I had the tumor removed and do not regret it but wished that the Doctors had told me what could happen and what I have to do now because of that situation.  Then I could have made an informed decision.
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My cousin had a 6cm mass removed.  I am bringing this up because she had a needle biopsy done that showed it was noncancerous.  A few weeks later she had the mass removed and when biopsied they found pappilary cancer cells.  Not to scare you but a needle biopsy is not 100% accurate.
I understand you are freaked out, I am basically in your same shoes right now with a 4.5cm mass.  I appreciate knowing about my cousins experience because it helps me feel stronger about my decision to have my thyroid removed.
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Thank you for your post.  I am not actually counting on the biopsy to give me the answers that I need, knowing that many have had false neg's.  Unfortunitly the surgeon won't proceed without it.  They have also said they wont take the entire thyroid unless the needle biopsy shows cancer.  I think at this point given the size of this single large nodule, I would rather have them just take everything.  The thought of having to have a second surgery, if it shows cancer after they take only the mass out, just makes my crazy.  I get it, why take a perfectly functioning thyroid out, when they can just remove the nodule?  That would avoid a lifetime of taking medicine.  But, my thought --- I have this huge mass in my neck, that is growing on my thyroid, that could or could not be cancer.  Take it all out and save me a life time of worrying.  Life time of medicine or life time of worrying?  I think I know what I wouldn't want.  To bad my doctors dont agree with me.
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