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Can A Benign Thyroid Nodule Become Cancerous
Not 100%: If the nodule is still in your neck, there is no way to know that it is 100% benign. Even if you had a biopsy before and it came back benign, there is still a chance that the spot of cancer was missed during the first biopsy. This is why we don't "poo poo" it away after 1 biopsy but continue to follow the thyroid nodule to monitor for size changes. All said, the risk of cancer is very small. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?
How is it a 20 yr old (so called benign) thyroid nodule have new calcification and may now be cancerous? Why not take it out years ago? Very upsettin
Need bx: Thyroid nodules are not uncommon. The rule is that multiple nodules are considered related to goiters and are benign. A solitary nodule has the potential of being or becoming cancerous. If I find a solitary nodule that is cold I suggest removing it. It can be a benign adenoma, but if left can convert to a carcinoma over time. ...Read more
Is it true that the majority of thyroid nodules are hypoechoic and although thyroid cancer is usually hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are benign?
Size?: It is correct that in younger people thyroid nodules are benign, however, us is not very good at ruling out malignancy. Close follow up of the nodule is needed with us every 6 months. If the nodule is larger than 1 cm, fine needle aspiration biopsy needs to be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Male with dominant homogenous solid thyroid nodule in midpoint that measures 1.1x1.3x1.7. Does this indicate a high cancer risk? Are most benign?
Most are benign: Hi. Yes, most nodules with those characteristics are benign. I'll assume you're not hyperthyroid (hyper-functioning nodules are NEVER cancer). Nevertheless, the chance of cancer is high enough (about 10-15% for nodules like that) that you MUST get it biopsied (non-surgical needle biopsy with gene testing is recommended). Don't ignore it, and don't ASSUME benignity. Cheers! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroid nodule that was diagnosed as benign 3 years ago. Today on ultrasound it showed blood flow (it didn't before). Could this be cancer? It's .88cm
3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?
Not necessarily...: The fact that FNA was reported as benign, the nodule is unlikely to be malignant. Small droplets of benign colloid often mimic "microcalcificatins" of papillary tumor, hence caution is advised. I would suggest repeating the FNA, and consider also collecting samples for gene profiling studies, such as, those manufactured by Veracyte and Asuragen (Note:I have no financial/other interest.) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only occassionally: While almost all thyroid cancers are cold, so are most benign nodules. If the nodule is hot, it is extremely rare for it to be cancer. If it is cold and looks suspicious on an ultrasound performed or at least interpreted by a very experienced clinician, it should be biopsied to see if surgery is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not all thyroid nodules are cancerous. Depending on the evaluation which includes lab testing and radiologic tests, thyroid nodules can be determined fairly accurately as to whether they are cancerous or not cancerous. However, it is possible that surgery might be required in order to fully assess the nature of a thyroid nodule. Please see your doctor for the proper evaluation. ...Read more
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