I was diagnosed 8 weeks ago with a mass on my Thyroid. At that time the ultrasound showed a 3 cm mass. They did a fine needle biopsy a few days later and the result was inconclusive. 7 weeks after the first ultrasound I had another one which showed that the mass has grown or swollen to 4 cm. The ENT Doctor that I am seeing says that the growth could be from bleeding from the fine needle biopsy or the mass is growing. He suggested that I get a second opinion. He is an older doctor, very nice but I get the impression that he lacks specific knowledge on Thyroid conditions.
Is there a Doctor who is monitoring this forum that could give me a suggestion? Does what this doctor say make sense? Obviously I am going to find another doctor who speciallizes in the Thyroid but in the mean time I am currious if this sounds like a cancer or not and if I should "hurry" to find a doctor who can definatively diagnose this and start treatment.
I believe that the doctor said that it was partially solid and partially vascular. I was so emotional that I didn't remember much. Yes I will find a doctor right after New Year. Thanks for your response.
Partially solid and partially vascular (which sounds like a complex cyst with vascular involvement) is more worrisome for malignancy. A solitary nodule is also more concerning. Being a male and all also puts you at much higher risk. So does being over 40 (okay, I know - you are just *barely* over). Growing up where you did puts you at *huge* risk (see my off-line message to you).
Here's a web site that helped me understand what I was facing, maybe it will help you too:
In addition to seeing an endocrinologist (one who specializes in thyroids - not just diabetes) you may want to start researching some good surgeons in your area - make sure that they have done *lots* of thyroid surgeries.
If you are ever thinking of visiting back here in Utah for thyroid treatment, let me know, I have a great surgeon and endo. :-) (yeah, I know, a LONG way to go for treatment)
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