Thyroid cancer

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Reoccuring maybe??

Rsc
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Hi all

Haven't been on here in a long time but am hopeful for some helpful advice just as I received last time.

2 years ago I had half of my thyroid removed due to a 1.9cm papillary tumour. 

I had an ultrasound last week and a 6mm calcified 'something' was discovered.

The decision is to re-scan in 3 months as it is too small for an FNA.

Has anyone else been in this situation or anything similar?

Thanks all. 

Lass
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Hey there

We've had a few people in a similar position here on the forum, and their stories have always started out in exactly the same way as yours.

Unfortunately 6mm is classed as 'micro', and they can't see it properly on an ultrasound, and they can't accurately take a sample of it either with an FNA. So they need to leave it and watch it to see what it does. That's def the preferred option that removing your other half of your thyroid, as then you'll need to go onto medication for life.

If you've any questions, then please do ask and we'll try and help where we can!

Lass

xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Rsc
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Hello Lass

Thank you for your message it is much appreciated.  The radiologist did say that they would re-scan in 3 months, because as you described it is too small for an FNA.

My last tumour was 19mm and my consultant said that i was on the cusp of the guidelines for a full removal, I am glad I made the choice that i did as i have had 2 healthy years drug free.  

I am due to see my consultant in early February and I was assuming that he would either say wait for another scan or remove the thyroid.  In your experience does calcification usually mean cancer or can it mean something else?

Many thanks for your time

Rsc x

Lass
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Heya,

Calcification can mean all sorts of things for what has been calcified. Calcification is where your body just covers something, usually something that shouldn't be there but not always, in deposits of calcium.

I have a well calcified lump in my brain lining called a meningioma, but it's not cancerous, it's just a lump that shouldn't be there. I also have calcium deposits on my teeth because I drank so much milk as a kid.

So calcification is just a process in your body, and doesn't necessarily mean anything untoward.

Very glad you're happy with the choice you made, because whatever happens, that's all you can really ask for.

Lass

xx

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh