FAQ - Thyroid Nodule
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My friend has a nodule on the right upper lobe & a hypodense lesion on her right thyroid lobe, so does?

that mean if she has cancer it is spreading?

Thyroid nodules increase with age and are present in almost 10% of the adult population. Autopsy studies reveal the presence of thyroid nodules in 50% of the population, so they are fairly common. 95% of solitary thyroid nodules are benign, and therefore, only 5% of thyroid nodules are malignant.

Common types of the benign thyroid nodules are adenomas (overgrowths of normal thyroid tissue), thyroid cysts, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Uncommon types of benign thyroid nodules are due to subacute thyroiditis, painless thyroiditis, unilateral lobe agenesis, or Riedel's struma. As noted on previous pages, those few nodules that are cancerous are usually due to the most common types of thyroid cancers that are the differentiated thyroid cancers. Papillary carcinoma accounts for 60%, follicular carcinoma accounts for 12%, and the follicular variant of papillary carcinoma accounts for 6%. These well differentiated thyroid cancers are usually curable, but they must be found first. Fine needle biopsy is a safe, effective, and easy way to determine if a nodule is cancerous.

Thyroid cancers typically present as a dominant solitary nodule that can be felt by the patient or even seen as a lump in the neck by his/her family and friends. This is illustrated in the picture above.

As pointed out on our page introducing thyroid nodules, we must differentiate benign nodules from cancerous solitary thyroid nodules. While history, examination by a physician, laboratory tests, ultrasound, and thyroid scans (shown in the image on the right) can all provide information regarding a solitary thyroid nodule, the only test that can differentiate benign from cancerous thyroid nodules is a biopsy (the term biopsy means to obtain a sample of the tissue and examine it under the microscope to see if the cells have taken on the characteristics of cancer cells).

Thyroid cancer is no different in this situation from all other tissues of the body; the only way to see if something is cancerous is to biopsy it. However, thyroid tissues are easily accessible to needles, so rather than operating to remove a chunk of tissue with a knife, we can stick a very small needle into it and remove cells for microscopic examination. This method of biopsy is called a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA).  (+ info)

After having a biopsy of a thyroid nodule how long does it take for the results to come through?

I am waiting results for lymph node biopsy on the neck and they said I should hear withing about 2 weeks - almost 2 weeks and I haven't heard yet. If it was very serious I think you would hear soon like my dad did when they found out he had cancer.  (+ info)

about cost of thyroid Nodule treatment?

Does anyone know how much does it cost for the treatment of (benign) thyroid nodule (3x3cm) by surgery WITHOUT any insurance? Someone said it only took 10 minutes to finish the operation, but how much does it cost?

You can easily check your minimal health care rates in internet, for example here - health-quotes.isgreat.org  (+ info)

MRI of the neck showed a 1 cm nodule on thyroid gland.?

I am looking for all experiences and any knowledge including personal experiences as well as medical experience. This MRI involves a twenty two year old female.

worry not. needle biopsy should be done to see what kinds of cells come out. most likely not cancer. even if they take out the thyroid, all she has to do is to take few hormone pills and live a normal life. There is only one kind of cancer that can be very bad and that is very very rare.  (+ info)

Facial Flushing, nodule on thyroid, what is wrong with me?

I have been diagnosed with a nodule on my thyroid. Next step is to see endocrine doctor. I have to wait until January 5th to get in. But I am so scared. I also have had facial flushing, red hot face, ears for 8 days straight. I am not sick with cold/flu. Is this from the thyroid nodule? Is the facial flushing a symptom of cancer? Should I try to get in sooner? I can make it go away and I feel sick because of it. Please help me..
Thanks, but my doctor said if my thyroid blood level are normal, then I am not hyperactive or underactive. Can they be normal but you still have over/underactive thyroid?

My daughter just went thru all of this,and they ended up saying her thyroid was hyperactive. The nodules were not malignant and they could shrink with medication they gave her. Please don't worry yourself sicker..these problems are common with young women and can be treated. When the thyroid messes up it messes up everything in your body..just do what your endocrinologist says and you'll be fine.  (+ info)

Define macrophages as related to Isthmic nodule on Thyroid?

My Cytology FNA report said... Colloid present.. Histocytes present.. many Macrophages present. Biopsy was inconclusive as number of cells inadequate. 2 weeks after aspiration, painful swelling occurred, but diminished a week later and is no longer noticable. Should this be a concern that cancer could occur?

The cytology was inconclusive, which means it could be something simple like goitre, but they can't say for sure because the specimen was inadequate. The subacute swelling following biopsy could have been an inflammatory reaction or infection. This is something that really needs a follow up with your endocrinologist.  (+ info)

Is anyone has goiter(thyroid nodule)without thyroid hormone problem?What did u do to rectify the problem?

If nodule is large biopsy is needed ;if nodule is not cancerous and cystic, the PEI can be used.
the thyroxine is not effective to treat such condition  (+ info)

Thyroid Nodule!! Does it cause mood swings? How can I stable my mood?

Or it is a real depression?
hello.. is there anybody else to answer me?

Hello. You can get mood swings from any kind of thyroid problem. Are you taking thyroid medication ??? If not, you might need to be on it to get your levels stable.I have thyroid disease, and i suffer from depression and mood swings. I'm on medication, but haven't been able to get stabilized yet. Sometimes it can take a while for that to happen. If you haven't had blood tests for your thyroid yet, that's where you need to start. You need a TSH, T3, T4, and a Antibodies test. Those tests will determine if you have a thyroid issue, and need medication to treat it. Good luck. Hope you feel better soon :-)  (+ info)

Thyroid nodule in the right lobe what this means?

have translated this from the Spanish excuse by the errors.

My girlfriend was diagnose yesterday to have Thyroid nodule in the right lobe what this means?

they diagnosed following:

first diagnose: adenopatia servical tapeworm

second diagnose: Thyroid nodule in the right lobe.

Additional Details Also him feel a small ball that note from outside by the neck behind the jaw, has pain in the zone the jaw when opening the mouth, also she said that feel something like fever symptoms.

I think the first diagnosis is not related to thyroid problem.
Tapeworm can result in changes in neck lymph node (cervical node).
Thyroid nodule can be benign hyperplasia, adenoma or carcinoma (cancer).
Blood tests can be helpful in the work up along with history and physical exam.
Thyroid scan (like X-ray study) and/or ultrasound may be necessary. A quick and relatively non-invasive fine needle aspiration of the thyroid nodule can also be helpful to determine whether the nodule is cancer or not.
Endocrinologist normally is experienced in dealing with thyroid nodule.
Good luck.  (+ info)

During ultrasound they found a 5 mm thyroid nodule with calcification.However they?

told me it is too small to insert a needle in and they will wait till summer end and follow up to see if it enlarges.I am not comfortable though-should I wait-could it be malignant?THANKS

It could be malignant, but there is no way to know yet. Thyroid nodules are very common and more than 90% of us will have at least one by the time we are 80 years old. Getting a second opinion will not help no one is going to do a biopsy on something that small and at this point there is no reason to believe it is cancer. Waiting until after summer for another ultrasound is very reasonable.  (+ info)

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