I am a 38 year old female and just went to the internist for a yearly checkup. He felt my thyroid and said it was large. There is no visible bump and I haven't had trouble swallowing or hoarseness. Within three days, I had a thyroid ultrasound and then was sent for a thyroid uptake scan. My uptake scan showed that I have a mass (cold nodule) on my right thyroid. The left and right throid glands appear normal. The radiologist is suggesting that a biopsy is the next step.
First, what are the chances/statistics that this nodule is cancer? Second, if it is cancer, how treatable/curable is it? Lastly, I want my thyroid and the nodule removed....is this the wise way to go?
Please help! I've been worried sick about this.
The next step is FNA biopsy. Only 5-10% of these are cancer and if the biopsy is benign then the nodule is monitored w/o surgery. If cancer, then it is usually papillary thyroid cancer which is very treatable w/ an excellent prognosis in most cases (especially females 18-45yo).
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.