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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Is there a need to remove a thyroid cancer nodule of less than 2 CM in diameter or can it be treated naturally? Thanks

Is there a need to remove a thyroid cancer nodule of less than 2 CM in diameter or can it be treated naturally? Thanks

Cancer: In my opinion, and the vast majority of Medical professionals,...it is best to have Cancers removed more definitively, through approved and recommended procedures. Once removed, then natural remedies can be undertaken to stay healthy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


Dr. Lester Thompson Dr. Thompson
Pathology
29 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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I have 20% thyroid cancer in left nodule it remove already i I'm cancer free now or we need to remove the right thyroid also thx ?

I have 20% thyroid cancer in left nodule it remove already i I'm cancer free now or we need to remove the right thyroid also thx ?

Please clarify: Hi. We don't grade thyroid cancer by percentage of a nodule involved. If you have thyroid cancer, you have it. If the cancer was a microfocus, it can be ignored. If the nodule was cancer, depending on nodule size, you may need a completion thyroidectomy followed by 131-iodine therapy. That landscape is somewhat in transition. Speak with an experienced endocrinologist who can see path report. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Hebert Dr. Hebert
Pathology
25 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Thyroid nodules and cancer. What % of nodules are cancer?

Thyroid nodules and cancer. What % of nodules are cancer?

Varies: The likelihood of a thyroid nodule being cancer is about 10-20%. The incidence is higher with prior history of radiation (20-40%) and in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia. ...Read more

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Dr. Leena Varughese Dr. Varughese
Pathology
9 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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Do growing thyroid nodules equal cancer? I have 2 that have increased in size. The largest measured 1.9x1.7cm in oct. Now 2.6x2.7cm. Worried...

Do growing thyroid nodules equal cancer? I have 2 that have increased in size. The largest measured 1.9x1.7cm in oct. Now 2.6x2.7cm.  Worried...

No: If the nodule changes in size, then you should see your doctor and obtain a fine needle aspiration for a diagnosis of the nodules. The change in size, in of itself, does not mean it's malignant. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Is there a greater chance of cancer in thyroid nodules in men? Mine is dominate, solid, homogeneous, and hypervastic measuring over 1cm on US.

Is there a greater chance of cancer in thyroid nodules in men?  Mine is dominate, solid, homogeneous, and hypervastic measuring over 1cm on US.

Yes: Studies have demonstrated that thyroid nodules are twice as common among women than men. However, nodules in men are relatively more likely to be malignant. Risk of a malignant nodule is greater too if the patient is older than 60 years of age or less than 15 years old. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Unable to determine from a needle asp. If I have cancer in thyroid nodule. Whats next step?

Unable to determine from a needle asp. If I have cancer in thyroid nodule. Whats next step?

Options: You could rebiopsy. Maybe this time, also send out one tube for gene expression (molecular cytopath) to aid in the diagnosis. You could also go for surgery with biopsy taken while under anesthesia (frozen section) and proceed with total thyroidectomy if the intraoperative biopsy showed cancer. You could follow closely with ultrasound and rebiopsy if changes are seen with the nodule... ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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What percentage of heterogeneous, complex peripherally vascular thyroid nodules are cancer?

It depends: Thyroid nodules are mostly ( 80-90%) benign . But it depends on their size and rate of change(growth in their size). A repeat Ultrasound study of your Thyroid should be done(I am sure your doctor must have advised you to do so)) in 6 to 12 months time to reassess for any growth in the nodules in your Thyroid. ...Read more

Dr. Paxton Daniel Dr. Daniel
Radiology
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Does calcification of thyroid nodules mean cancer?

No: But in the setting of a solid nodule they are a marker for possible cancer and often lead to needle biopsy. ...Read more

Dr. Stanley Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Clemens Dr. Clemens
Surgery
33 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can fna of thyroid nodule spread cancer if malignant? Also 6mm suspicious finding. Would that require surgery or observation? No thyroid issues.

Can fna of thyroid nodule spread cancer if malignant? Also 6mm suspicious finding. Would that require surgery or observation? No thyroid issues.

Depends on pathology: Needle aspiration theoretically can spread cancer, usually breast or liver cancer. Thyroid, no data but possible. Did you have a suspicious finding on a biopsy? Meaning that a pathologist looked at the biospy under a microscope and thought the cells were suspicious for cancer. Normally a 6 mm nodule would be low risk and could be observed. How was the size determined? Suspicious cells = surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Steve Martinez Dr. Martinez
Breast Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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My fna biopsy showed papillary thyroid cancer. The left andright nodules are 5mm and 7mm. A us of left nodule shows likely capsular invasion. Can metastasis happen?

My fna biopsy showed papillary thyroid cancer. The left andright nodules are 5mm and 7mm. A us of left nodule shows likely capsular invasion. Can metastasis happen?

Common: Papillary thyroid cancers commonly metastasize to neck lymph nodes, but these tend to be less significant than they are for other types of cancer. Papillary thyroid cancer, with or without meatastasis, has an excellent prognosis with proper surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Marilda Chung Dr. Chung
Pathology
32 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Ekizian Dr. Ekizian
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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?

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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Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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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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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer Dr. Stringer
Radiology
43 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Are 3 nodules on thyroid 1.5, 1.0, and .9 hetergenorous and hyperechoic cancer. ?

Are 3 nodules on thyroid 1.5, 1.0, and .9 hetergenorous and hyperechoic cancer. ?

Unlikely: Most likely they are benign adenomas. Your doctor may follow them with repeat sonos if their imaging characteristics did not suggest malignancy. Possible there may be a needle biopsy done under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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My grandmother had thyroid cancer. Does this increase the chances of my nodule being or becoming cancerous?

My grandmother had thyroid cancer. Does this increase the chances of my nodule being or becoming cancerous?

Thyroid cancer: Sorry about Grandma's cancer. With new approaches, when diagnosed early (i.e. before any cancer is spread) complete correction is most common. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If all your thyroid tests come out negative and you have nodules, is it possible you could have thyroid cancer?

If all your thyroid tests come out negative and you have nodules, is it possible you could have thyroid cancer?

Unlikely: Thyroid nodules are very common and most of them (95%) are not cancerous. Depending on how big and what they look like on the ultrasound, you might need a biopsy. Talk to your doc about your options. At the very least, don't poo poo them. Get another ultrasound in 1 year to monitor for changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Alexander Dr. Alexander
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Good diagnosis technique papillary cancer? Http://thyroid.About.Com/od/cancergoiternodules/a/veracyte-afirma-thyroid-analysis-nodules.Htm"

Start w/the basics: A better question is: how do you diagnose a thyroid mass? Since 99% of thyroid masses are benign, you wouldn't start out by looking for one type of tumor. Feel the neck and observe for multiple lumps. Go to an ultrasound to check out the fluicd content (suggesting cysts). If it appears to be a solid mass, go for either a nuclear scan or a needle biopsy. Open biopsy or surgery comes last. ...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


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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more