I have heard SO many stories of FNA coming back benign, then cancer being discovered during/after surgery. My question is, what prompted your surgery if the nodule was thought to be benign?

32 Answers

p_suzann75
Answered 6 months ago    reply

My mom had thyroid cancer and thank God they did the surgery anyways cuz I had it in enormous places on both sides of thyroid


awilda.armendariz17
Answered 6 months ago    reply

My FNA on left side was benign in March. Had a follow up ultra sound in October & no real change in nodule but a"new concerning " nodule was also present so we decided to remove the left side of my thyroid .(Right side & isthmus was removed a year & a half ago). Had surgery on December 7th & went for stitch removal on 13th when I was told that my pathology came back positive for multi foci papillary thyroid carcinoma. Dr was actually surprised, as was I!


Lopez
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I had 2 biopsies first benign second also benign but it had grown so they removed

suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

How large had it grown, micki?

Lopez
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Like an extra cm in 6 month nothing to drastic think it was 4.9 cm when removed

suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Almost 5cm is pretty big!

Lopez
Answered 6 months ago    reply

My neck was swollen it was the only symptom I had


suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Thanks for your responses! FNA on my 2cm solid nodule was benign last May, just had follow up ultrasound and only changes are more heterogeneous and a new cyst right above the solid nodule. Dr. wants to keep watching and waiting, no new biopsy at this point. The nodule is really noticeable and makes me worry every time I look in the mirror.

rstott67
Answered 6 months ago    reply

please keep a close eye on this pretty lady.you are in my prayers.

suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Thank you, Raleigh!


kym_oakley23
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Doc said the nodule was large and still growing. They removed half of my thyroid and sent me home only to tell me 2 hrs later that the cross section revealed cancer and I had to come back and have the rest removed.


PendleyL
Answered 6 months ago    reply

My nodule biopsy came back with “atypical” cells and then between the biopsy and the meeting with the surgeon (6-7 months) it grew from 1 cm to 2.5 cm, so the surgeon suggested removal.

suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Wow - that grew fast!

PendleyL
Answered 6 months ago    reply

suk by the time I had surgery (9 months later) it was 3.5 cm.

suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

I wonder if it's typical that malignant nodules keep growing or grow quickly? Mine has stayed the same size for 8 months, I will take that as a good sign

pye.armida
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Mine grew fast


Q.Hazlett65
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Size 4cm and being male had 4 fna 3 came back benign 1 suspicious for cancer first time I met with my endo she told there is a big chance that this is cancer


margarita74
Answered 6 months ago    reply

All of my tests came back negative but I knew I had cancer and pushed until I had surgery. 7 nodules and the thyroid bed, Hurthle cell variant so it was fortunate that I am forthright and don't give in.

suk_b
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Good job, Margarita! Did you have a hard time getting approved for surgery?

Shannon
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Can you tell me how you felt that it was cancer Margarita?
I'm going thru this now

pye.armida
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Margarita did you say you had rai? I thought it doesn't work on hurthle cells?

margarita74
Answered 6 months ago    reply

It works in about 1 in 6 cases. I would like to try to be that one. It's better than none.

margarita74
Answered 6 months ago    reply

shannon Well, firstly, I knew something was wrong because I have been a singer since I was 11, and a professional singer and vocal coach since I was in my 20s. I suddenly found that F sharp, a very easy note for me, was giving me grief, a feeling of tightness, and it was worse as I sang higher. I had scans and tests and everything was negative, my blood work was good, and the Endo argued that I should wait a year. However, it bothered me that the nodule that they tested for FNA was very hard. They had to have several attempts to get the needle into it. A hard lump can be cancer. Moreso, I was having more trouble than ever hitting those high notes, and it felt as though there was a constriction, something pressing down. I had to argue to see a surgeon, and thankfully he listened to me. He also found just a very slight extra blood flow in the area which he admitted is always of interest to Doctors since there has to be reason for it. He was reluctant, though, said, "Go away for three weeks and think about it because we are probably removing a healthy thyroid." He would not agree to a total thyroidectomy and only performed a hemi, rang me at home to tell me to come straight back to have the other side removed. I would say gut instinct was my reasoning. I also know my voice very well indeed. Erring on the side of caution. There was an undetectable nodule at the back pressing on the vocal nerve. None of them were large, all very small, except one that was 1.5 cm which is still small in the great scheme of nodules and other nasties.

Shannon
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Thank you for your reply

pye.armida
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Mine was 2.8 cm, 1.8 cm and a paratracheal mass... not so big. But my thinking was together the 2.8 and 1.8 were decent sized. Maybe not.


Trowbridge.J
Answered 6 months ago    reply

Size! Not sure the numbers.


kimikohaugh
Answered 6 months ago    reply

The so called cyst was compressing my windpipe and I had a difficult time breathing especially when I slept.


i.fiedler65
Answered 6 months ago

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tijerina.kristy
Answered 6 months ago    reply

My FNA came back as benign, but it was my
local doc who recommended to have it removed as he said it would eventually grow into something bigger. Glad I opted for surgery, they picked up my CA in my left side removal. 4cm tumour.


rstott67
Answered 6 months ago    reply

mine came back inconclusive twice.my endo wanted to have me do surgery but i refused until they were 100% sure.they sent a sample off to a biogenetics lab in houston and it came back 100%.i then had the total thyroidectomy and RAI.


Cassey_Houlihan
Answered 6 months ago    reply

My FNA came back as benign. I went to another doctor for a 2nd opinion. He recommended the surgery after reviewing my file and seeing that the nodule had continued to grow despite being on Synthroid for suppression. Also, it was getting to the point that it was uncomfortable to swallow.


spirited.Leech
Answered 6 months ago    reply

after being poked 34 times in 2 years i just wanted the rt side taken out that is when they found out it was cancer...


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