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Are there signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

Are there signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

Yes: Solid thyroid masses that are large, have characteristic internal calcifications, irregular borders, increased blood flow on doppler ultrasound, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the area are generally concerning for malignancy. However, when we biopsy these nodules with a needle most turn out benign.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Can you have signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

Can you have signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

Yes: Microcalcifications, unusual shape, increased blood flow, associated abnormal lymph nodes, and growth beyond the thyroid capsule are all signs of a thyroid malignancy.

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Submandibular lymph on ultrasound 2.2 x 1.0 x. 8 cm. Is it concerning for malignancy (history of thyroid cancer) or w/ location is probably reactive?

Submandibular lymph on ultrasound 2.2 x 1.0 x. 8 cm. Is it concerning for malignancy (history of thyroid cancer) or w/ location is probably reactive?

Nodal view: It is very difficult to comment on what the node is. You don't mention it's size or if it is tender. If tender it could be from qn irritation of the salivary gland, the salivary duct, an infection on the floor of your mouth or more. If the enlargement has no tenderness there are a number of other possible benign causes, but to give you emotional comfort have the area examinied by an ENT

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Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound? If not how do they find it?

Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound? If not how do they find it?

Thyroid cancer: Hello. Unfortunately cancer of the thyroid will not show up on an ultrasound. A nodule or a growth in the thyroid can be seen and identified. A tissue or needle biopsy is needed to examine the cells for cancer. An excisional biopsy if needed will provide the pathologist the entire gland which then will be examined and a diagnosis rendered.

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Thyroid cancer on left - new ultrasound showed 9x3mm zone v & 10x3mm zone II both right side. No obvious lymph nodes on left. Adenopathy right side?

See your Physician: Lab results, xrays, scans and all medical work ups are best interpreted by the treating or consulting physician within the context of the problem and in the patient he/she is treating. Your best chances are to discuss it with your physician, he/she knows your situation best.

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Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. History of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?

Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. History of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?

Sounds Ok: Annual re-examination is usually fine, and if any of the nodules reveal 15-20% growth, sampling with a needle (biopsy) can be considered at that time.

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I had thyroid cancer 2 years ago. Just had ultrasound which showed 7mm node. Is it possible if it is cancer a cancer other than thyroid? Like throat?

See your doc: Most likely a benign inflmmatory node or recurrent thyroid cancer (definitely curable!) throat cancer possible but much less likely. Talk it over with your doc.

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Can anaplastic thyroid cancer be found on ultrasound? Is the nodule or appaerance solid, cystic or both. Would the radiologist be able to tell?

Can anaplastic thyroid cancer be found on ultrasound? Is the nodule or appaerance solid, cystic or both. Would the radiologist be able to tell?

Tissue diagnosis: A diagnosis of anaplastic thyroid cancer would require removing part or whole of the lesion/nodule and examination by a pathologist. Radiology has not progressed enough in resolution to make this diagnosis.

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Thyroid found to be slightly heterogeneous on ultrasound. Isoechoic nodule measuring 7mm mid left lobe. Fam history of thyroid cancer. Concerning?

Not concerning.: Isoechoic thyroid nodules are generally not concerning especially when they are less than 1.5 cm and if they don't have suspicious features like microcalcifications and increased internal vascularity. I recommend repeat thyroid US in 1 year. Make sure you have got your TSH and Free T4 checked.

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Can throat cancer not thyroid cancer spread to thyroid bed? I had thyroid cancer 2 years ago and a follow up ultrasound found 7mm nodule on thy bed.

Can throat cancer not thyroid cancer spread to thyroid bed? I had thyroid cancer 2 years ago and a follow up ultrasound found 7mm nodule on thy bed.

Thyroid: This is either a small amount of residual thyroid or more likely a small thyroid cancer recurrence in the thyroid bed. This is one of the most common sites for recurrence.

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I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side. 1.6cm and 1.3cm. Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied? No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer, an

I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side. 1.6cm and 1.3cm. Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied? No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer, an

If these are: Discrete nodules, next step is fine needle aspiration. Depending on the size of the thyroid gland and other studies, you might need to undergo thyroidectomy. Consult with your endocrinologist for specific advice. Chances of these being cancer is probably low.

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My father was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 46. I am 27, but asked for a thyroid ultrasound as a precaution. The us revealed one 4x6x6mm solid nodule. Should I be worried? Does this merit biopsy?

My father was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 46. I am 27, but asked for a thyroid ultrasound as a precaution. The us revealed one 4x6x6mm solid nodule. Should I be worried? Does this merit biopsy?

Follow closely: Thyroid nodules are very common. The risk of cancer is only 5%. I would follow this nodule with another ultrasound in a year and would consider biopsy only if it grows on the subsequent ultrasound. Your current nodule is currently very small.

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30 yr old female, thyroid cancer in 2015, ultrasound showed an enlarged uterus. Family history of uterine and cervical cancer (mom and both sisters).

30 yr old female, thyroid cancer in 2015, ultrasound showed an enlarged uterus. Family history of uterine and cervical cancer (mom and both sisters).

Follow up with MD: You need to follow up with the GN MD to determine the source of the uterine enlargement. With your family history of various cancers it is imperative that you do so soon as some of these cancers are genetically transmitted.

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Thyroid is enlarged, several nodules. Family history of thyroid cancer. Feel like I would be better without my thyroid? Dr says we can wait

Endocrinologist: This is the specialist you should consult. Although there is a family hx of thyroid cancer, your risk is not that high. However you will more likely develop thyroid disease in the future and thus needs follow-up. Since even if you do get thyroid cancer, it often responds well to Rx and removal of thyroid is not without complications, the wait-and-see advice is the right one.

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I had to take a radiation pill for thyroid cancer. I feel like my taste has changed? Things don't taste the same! Will my taste return to normal?

I had to take a radiation pill for thyroid cancer. I feel like my taste has changed? Things don't taste the same! Will my taste return to normal?

Most likely: Radioactive iodine treatment can affect the salivary glands and reduce the production of saliva. This is usually transient, but may take long time, depending on dose of radioactive iodine.

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Total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer 4 years ago. Don't like the way levothyroid makes me feel. Anything natural I can take that is just as good?

Total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer 4 years ago. Don't like the way levothyroid makes me feel. Anything natural I can take that is just as good?

Yes, even better: The main alternative to levothyroxine is natural thyroid glandular preparations such as Armour Thyroid ; nature-throid. These contain T4 and t3 (liothyronine) whereas levothyroxine only has t4. A firm majority of patients who try natural thyroid say they feel better with it vs. Levothyroxine. Another alternative is to add synthetic t3 (liothyronine). See http://abt. Cm/1biokmw ; http://abt. Cm/18gpb3a ; http://bit. Ly/15k26u8.

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What can I eat after I finished the Low-iodine-diet? I had papillary thyroid cancer. Do I have to avoid anything or eat like a normal person? Thanks!

What can I eat after I finished the Low-iodine-diet? I had papillary thyroid cancer. Do I have to avoid anything or eat like a normal person? Thanks!

Why?: Were you on a low iodine diet for a test? Did you get a partial or total thyroidectomy? Ordinarily you should be able to eat anything. You would need to take any thyroid replacement pills they give you everyday. You would need your TSH level and Thyroglobulin screened periodically. Hopefully, given how young you are, you have an endocrinologist who has also screened for MEN.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

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