Thyroid cancer

A place for people affected by thyroid cancer to support one another, ask questions, and share their experiences.

Pregnant & just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer

Fran6
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hi everyone 

still cant believe I’m here writing this but i guess we’re all in the same position and this seems to be the best place to get information & advice 

so heres a little about my story I’ve felt a lump inside my throat for a few months making it difficult to swallow & breathe sometimes, 4th December i had a ultrasound which showed some nodules that didn’t look good so had a fna then yesterday was told I would need to have surgery to remove half of my thyroid as they believe it’s cancer my question is has anyone here had the operation while pregnant he said i will need to have it in the second trimester which will be January but there is a risk to the unborn baby but he said if i was to wait until after I delivered the baby the cancer could spread. I have 3 other children so as much as it breaks my heart to go through with it while pregnant I have to think of my other children too and I’m hoping praying that the baby will also be fine I juSt can’t help but worry 

so if anyone has been in my situation could you please tell me how it went 

thank you x

latchbrook
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Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

Congratulations on your pregnancy! However, I can understand the dilemma that you feel you're in and why you'd want to hear from others who have been in a similar situation.

I can't help you with this but by replying to you it will 'bump' your post back to the top of the first page where it'll hopefully be seen by someone who can. While you're waiting for replies if you type 'pregnant' into the search bar in this group it will bring up a number of recent posts from people who have been diagnosed while pregnant. You could have a look through those and respond to any where you feel that they may be able to help you further.

When you have a minute it would be really useful if could pop something about your journey so far into your profile as it helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar diagnosis. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Edit Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

Sending a supportive ((hug))

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barbaral
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Hello

I've been here for 9 years and it's not so rare for people to find out they have thyroid cancer when they're pregnant. Not all gynaecologists only look down the business end (so to speak).  Most thyroid cancers are very slow-growing and the fact that they are talking about only taking half, usually means that they suspect a follicular variant thyroid cancer - a type which is impossible to confirm without surgery.

We have had members who've done what's being suggested for you - waiting for the baby to develop then having surgery over half-way through. We have sadly also had people who've chosen to terminate their pregnancy in order to get the cancer sorted first. It's a very individual choice and none of us can 'tell' you what you should do. It really has to be your decision in consultation with your doctors.  Please don't let anybody pressure you into the choices you have to make.

Those who've had their babies have not had any issues with the baby's health - or at least not ones that they've come and reported back on. 

Best wishes

Barbara

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