Suggest treatment for a thyroid nodule
Steps in the follow up of a thyroid nodule
Noted your concern.
There are several new techniques availale now to evaluate thyroid nodule. When combined with ultrasound, it give excellent results.
Elastosonography is one such tool. Another tool is to do genetic/mutation study of the thyroid nodule FNA sample. At your age, if the nodule is not so" good " in ultrasound, the next step is FNA from the solid part of nodule. If that doesnt yield a good result, the next option is to do an excision biopsy with a frozen section. Please discuss these points with your doctor.
Majority of the thyroid cancers are fully curable and easy to follow up if caught sufficiently early.
I am most interested in the concept of "if caught sufficiently early". In your opinion, given my treatment history, would this be considered "sufficiently early", or is that an impossible question to answer? I also appreciate that the type of thyroid cancer will determine prognosis, treatment, etc.
I appreciate your time. As you noted, I am worried and concerned, especially as I have been monitoring my thyroid over the course of 3 years.
Thyroid cancer follow up
yes, i would think so. But unless and until we come to a real diagnosis, this is difficult to answer. Most Thyroid cancers take many years to grow. Please stay relaxed. If too worried, you should opt for thyroidectomy rather than serial ultrasound follow up. Surgical excision and biopsy is the ultimate diagnostic tool in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer
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