Macomras 2009-04-08 03:13:20
For the last two months, on and off, I have been having a sore throat localized
left and just below the Adams Apple. Recently, I noticed a bulge in that
region upon compressing it with my fingers. It was tender to the touch, and
feels about one inch or less in size, ovalish in shape. I went to the Dr.’s
office and he felt it, and scheduled me for an ultrasound of my thyroid.
I just had the ultrasound done on my thyroid and saw the pictures (the
technician indicated she couldn’t read them for me and I would have to wait a
few days for a radiologist to review them.) At my insistance, she showed me
the pictures. I couldn’t discern anything noteworthy on the right side, but on
the left side, where I felt the bulge, I saw a black ovalish-circle. The tech
wouldn’t even tell me what size it was, but on the picture it looked the size
of a quarter.
To say the least I am freaked out. I don’t think its a cyst because I’ve been
told a Cyst would appear more clearish.
Recently my family told me that I was in France when the radioactive cloud from
Chernoybl back in 1986, and that I am probably at a greater risk for Thyroid
Cancer then others.
Does this sound like Cancer? What are the chances of it being a benign tumor.
My symptoms appear to be a little different then the common symptoms. I have
had a sore throat, my throat now is sensivitve when I swallow sneeze or hiccup,
and I have a tender spot where my bulge is (presumably on the thyroid). This
info. coupled with the picture of the ultrasound, have bascially freaked me
out. Anyone have any info. they can share?
I appreciate any advice, questions, or even theories.
Line halvorsen 2009-04-08 03:13:22
No matter what you have it’s probably not dangerous (as in bad cancer). If
it is cancer it’s easily treatable (my endo said).
More likely it’s a nodule. I had a big goitier with three toxic nodules
(pouring out hormones by themselves, needed or not), the biggest one 2cm.,
which made me swing for hypo to hyper to hypo to hyper… Rollercoaster
I had RAI to kill the nodules, hoping to save the thyroid. The thyroid
didn’t make it, and to make a long, long story very short I’m now on Armour
and feel better all the time.
So even with all the trouble you _may_ have (hopefully not), I don’t think
you need to freak out. It’s not going to kill you.
But what you say about the radioactive cloud is interesting. I have close
family in northern Italy, and the whole garden died from rain coming down
when the cloud was over them. My mom had to throw away 50kg of strawberrys
and everything else. They could not drink tapwater, pregnant women should
stay inside, one should not walk inside with outside shoes on and children
was not permitted to play in the sand box. And a lot of other things.
My stepfather have had cancer, and it’s building up to a scandal in the area
because of all the cancer in the people. The newspapers are beginning to
write about it.
Macomras 2009-04-08 03:13:32
I got a call this afternoon. They said I have a 2 1/2 CM “complicated cyst” in
my left part of the thyroid and a 1 CM nodule on the right. I`m going to see
an Endocrenoligist first thing on Monday. I think they’re going to schedule me
for a fine needle biopsy to make sure. Still somewhat freaked out. They told
me that the complicated cyst was less to worry about then the solid nodule
(which wasn’t causing me discomfort — and didnt even know I had). Hope so.
Not entirely sure what a “complicated cyst” is — a mixture of liquid and
Still, I appreciate and help and guidance. Thanks.
Ironjustice 2009-04-08 03:13:35
J Endocrinol 2001 May;169(2):417-24
Induction of apoptosis and necrosis by zinc in human thyroid cancer cell lines.
Iitaka M, Kakinuma S, Fujimaki S, Oosuga I, Fujita T, Yamanaka K, Wada S,
Department of Internal Medicine 4, Saitama Medical School, 38
Morohongo, Moroyama, Iruma-gun, Saitama 350-0495, Japan.
Zinc at concentrations of 150, microM or higher induced necrosis as
well as apoptosis in thyroid cancer cell lines. Necrosis was induced
by zinc in a dose-dependent manner, whereas apoptosis did not increase
at higher concentrations of zinc. The expression of the antiapoptotic
protein phosphorylated Bad was markedly increased, whereas the
expression of the proapoptotic proteins Bax and Bad decreased
following Zn(2+) exposure. Zn(2+) induced rapid degradation of
IkappaB, and an increase in the binding of nuclear transcription
factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB). These observations indicate that
antiapoptotic pathways were activated in thyroid cancer cells
following exposure to Zn(2+). This may be a self-defence mechanism
against apoptosis and may underlie the general resistance of thyroid
cancer cells to apoptotic stimuli. Zinc may be a potential cytotoxic
agent for the treatment of thyroid cancer.
PMID: 11312158, UI: 21211517
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Lois 2009-04-09 04:13:51
You can find links to info about nodules, FNA (fine needle aspiration), and
thyroid cancer at www.altsupportthyroid.org/ff/ff2.php#nodules.
Hope this helps,
: my left part of the thyroid and a 1 CM nodule on the right. I`m going to
: an Endocrenoligist first thing on Monday. I think they’re going to
: for a fine needle biopsy to make sure. Still somewhat freaked out. They
: me that the complicated cyst was less to worry about then the solid nodule
: (which wasn’t causing me discomfort — and didnt even know I had). Hope
: Not entirely sure what a “complicated cyst” is — a mixture of liquid and
Macomras 2009-04-09 18:39:59
I had my fine needle aspiration test done on Monday. I was hoping to get the
results today, but no such luck. They told me it might take until Monday to
get the results, which I can’t understand. There is no reason why those
reports shouldn’t be available after 48 hours, much less 72. To say the
least, this has pretty much ruined my Thanksgiving.
One of the worst aspects of all this is having to wait around for someone to
actually interpret lab results on whether one has or doesn’t have cancer.
Lois 2009-04-13 12:38:00
My sympathies are with you — waiting is hard. Others here know more about
thyroid cancer than I do, but a couple of things that might help are that
(a) over 90% of thyroid nodules are non-cancerous, and (b) thyroid cancer is
considered one of the easiest types of cancer to treat. I don’t know if that
helps much if you actually have thyroid cancer, but at this point, the odds
are good that you don’t even have it.
Let us know what the results are.
Sending good thoughts your way….Lois
: results today, but no such luck. They told me it might take until Monday
: get the results, which I can’t understand. There is no reason why those
: reports shouldn’t be available after 48 hours, much less 72. To say the
: least, this has pretty much ruined my Thanksgiving.
: One of the worst aspects of all this is having to wait around for someone
: actually interpret lab results on whether one has or doesn’t have cancer.
Dcarter 2009-05-06 15:30:26
I don’t know if this helps or not, but I had my FNA done and the
pathologist and my endo and her colleague went in the hall tested the
slides came back and told me they didn’t see anything and repeated
the FNA. went back out and tested them again and sail all they seen
were follicular cells. they told me that it wasn’t necessarily
cancerous follicular cells but just they found those cells. she said
that they would have the final results in a few days and got back
that Tuesday ( I had the FNA on Friday) and then she just confirmed
what they has seen the first time. so My info is that they CAN tell
you right then and there if they have the equipment and it don’t take
very long when they do have it. I wish you the best with your results.
and I agree waiting is the worse part.. I found my lump 10/25 and I
just now have a consultation with my surgeon tomorrow 12/1/03 then who
knows when he will do the actual surgery.
I think were all right here with you.
best of luck,