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A CT finding of a, stellate 1.6 x 1.1 CM subpleural right anterior segment upper lobe nodule is present. Additional 2mm middle lobe nodule is cancer?

A CT finding of a, stellate 1.6 x 1.1 CM subpleural right anterior segment upper lobe nodule is present. Additional 2mm middle lobe nodule is cancer?

Could Be: The right upper lobe nodule sounds most suspicious and may require some sort of biopsy to be sure. Comparison with any older imaging studies might add more information. The 2mm nodule is too small to assess and would likely be put under surveillance. Hope things work out for the best. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Why do thyroid cancers form nodules?

Why do thyroid cancers form nodules?

Cell growth: Nodules are another word for a mass. Cancers generally form masses. About 20% of the population have thyroid nodules at some point during their lives. About 70% are benign; of the remaining 30%, 80% are papillary thyroid carcinoma, which is a very low aggressive form of cancer to have. Follicular, medullary and undifferentiated carcinoma make up the rest, with some rare types. ...Read more

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Where come from the thyroid have a nodule and become a cancer ?

Where come from the thyroid have a nodule and become a cancer ?

Thyroid nodules: Not all thyroid nodules are cancer. In fact, most nodules found in the thyroid are not cancer, they are either hyperplastic nodules (goiter) or benign lesions (adenoma). Those types of nodules can be large, but they do not "become" cancer, they are benign. In order to know if it is benign or a thyroid cancer, the nodule has to be sampled by FNA or excision, and examined by pathologist ...Read more

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I went fr a scan on my thyrroid and they found a 4cm nodule I am waiting to see someone for it but what is my chance of cancer?

I went fr a scan on my thyrroid and they found a 4cm nodule I am waiting to see someone for it but what is my chance of cancer?

Not mutch: Majority of thyroid nodules are benign, and majority of thyroid malignancies are curable due to early detection .Your doctor will do fna biopsy in the office , almost 90% of the nodules are benign. Good luck. ...Read more

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My thyroglobulin levels are 999 I'm on medication, does that mean presence of cancer? I have nodules but when checked 2012 they shrunk.

My thyroglobulin levels are 999 I'm on medication, does that mean presence of cancer? I have nodules but when checked 2012 they shrunk.

Thyroglobulin: Hi, have u been diagnosed with Thyroid cancer before and u have been treated for it? If thats the case then the level of Thyroglobulin should be undetectable in the blood, if not why did ur doctor decide to check ur Tg? I think you should get a neck ultrasound, plz talk to ur Endocrine doctor. ...Read more

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Could a slow growing nodule on my kidney be cancer? It has been slowly growing for the past 6 years. Should I have it removed? Only 2.6 CM now

Could a slow growing nodule on my kidney be cancer? It has been slowly growing for the past 6 years. Should I have it removed? Only 2.6 CM now

Depends: Slow growing nodule over several years period- is obviously less worrisome than something that grows rapidly over months. That makes it less urgent for doing something like surgery. Continued observation would be a valid option as well-so long as you are monitored regularly with sonogram for instance. I suggest you to discuss this matter with your doctor - surveillance vs. More agressive approach. ...Read more

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My biopsied nodule was deemed cancerous. The cancer m.D. Was perplexed that the nodule shrunk. I chose the wait and see choice. Was that wise?

My biopsied nodule was deemed cancerous. The cancer m.D. Was perplexed that the nodule shrunk. I chose the wait and see choice. Was that wise?

Cancer shrunk: If this was a small skin cancer it might be a reasonable choice. Some basal cell cancers shrink when biopsied as the patient's immune system seems to pick them up and starts trying to destroy the remaining disease. This is the riskier choice in this case as the cancer might return, but they do not all return. I wouldn't do this "watch and wait" with many other types of cancer though. ...Read more

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My sister might have a nodule on her thyroid. Which might b cancer. What can b done to fix it. And what r some longterm effects that can happen?

Surgery: Patients with thryoid nodule cytology results suggesting cancer or suspicious for cancer should be referred for surgery. The most common postoperative complications of thyroidectomy include recurrent laryngeal nerve damage, hypoparathyroidism (from parathryoid gland damage or loss), and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). If a thyroidectomy is done, lifelong thyroxine replacement will be necessary. ...Read more

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Can you survive for a time without thyroid medication if you only have 25% of the left side of a thyroid left? Lost due to nodules and not cancer.

Can you survive for a time without thyroid medication if you only have 25% of the left side of a thyroid left? Lost due to nodules and not cancer.

Yes: Normal metabolic function is controlled for by thyroxin expressed by the thyroid gland. If one has had a partial thyroid resection leaving an entrie rt. lobe, that should be sufficient to handle thyroid needs. To have an additional 25% from the left lobe is more than sufficient. In addition the remaining thryoid tissue is being stimulated by the pituitary and should produce enough needed ...Read more

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Hav 6 nodule. Dr saz bigest 9 mm if grows to 10 - 5% chance cancer. This bad? Y dos he change my US from 1 to 2 years then? What happen if go to 10?

Hav 6 nodule. Dr saz bigest 9 mm if grows to 10 - 5% chance cancer.  This bad? Y dos he change my US  from 1 to 2 years then? What happen if go to 10?

Nodules: i assume you are discussing thyroid nodules. They usually biopsy when > 10 mm, but can have cancer in smaller nodules. I would recommend second opinion and biopsy. Thyroid cancer is very amenable to surgery . i would not wait 10 years because if it is cancer it will be at stage III or IV out of the thyroid and into surrounding tissues by then if your area has radon more likely cancer ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more