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1/13/15 9:39 P

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One of the "good" things about thyroid cancer... and believe me I cringe whenever I write that... is that its extremely slow growing. And the survival rate is one of the best.

Don't know if you know but Sophia Vergara of Modern Family Fame, is a thyroid cancer survivor.

Here's a link to her story:
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1/13/15 1:10 P

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I would suggest you get another biopsy. I had my entire thyroid removed in November. My first biopsy was clean, however a year later when it was removed cancer was starting.

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I have had the needle biopsies and although they are not pleasant they can be done in office. I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist for some feedback in that area. You may want to check with pharmacist about someone not gong hoe on surgery.



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a;ways trust your gut

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1/12/15 9:09 P

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Have them biopsied again! Don't agree to surgery if you do not feel it is right. Trust you gut feelings for a while. Try following your brother's suggestions during the period it takes to get the biopsy done and the results in. I would hope you are already trying whatever your brother suggests. In the end, you may have to have your thyroid removed. I had nodules which came back with an indeterminate result when biopsied. They just couldn't tell whether they were cancerous or not. I had a partial thyroidectomy and as long as I can get sufficient thyroid replacement, I cannot tell any difference in having had half of my thyroid removed. Just a word of caution. The surgeon refused to prescribe thyroid replacement even tho I had been on it before the surgery. His reason: He had had half his thyroid removed years ago and didn't take anything, therefore I didn't need it. Really?!?
Needless to say, I returned to my own Nurse Practitioner who kindly and intelligently prescribed what I needed and has continued to work with me for several years to see that I am doing well. It is ALL in who you have helping you! For now, see what your brother's ideas do to help. Best wishes for good health!


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Hi Kristin!

Most of us have an autoimmune cause to our thyroid problems.
So much so that most doctor's don't even bother to test.

Before you do anything as drastic as surgery, I would first run two tests to see if the cause of your thyroid woes is auto-immune in nature. Those two tests would be
1. Anti- TPO antibody test which is when our bodies mistakenly launch an attack against the enzyme that puts thyroid hormone together... thyroid peroxidase.
2. Anti-TgAB antibody test, which is when our bodies make antibodies to a protein (thyroglobulin) that's made in the thyroid gland and is the main "ingredient" for thyroid hormone.

IMO its important to get the antibody tests instead of just assuming you have auto-immunity as a cause. BC if you do have auto-immunity, you need to be very careful with iodine.

Are you eating seaweed or taking an iodine supplement?

You haven't said if you are on thyroid hormone replacement medication, and if so, what brand name.

Are you hyperthyroid, Hypothyroid?
If you are hyper, then I'd also get a TSI antibody test.

The vast majority of thyroid nodules are not cancerous.

If you are worried about cancer, you can always have a needle biopsy to get a better idea.
That's a minimally invasive procedure that they do on the larger nodules to extract the contents of the nodule with a hollow needle

IMO you may as well try the diet your brother is suggesting before going the surgery route.
But you have to know your thyroid etiology first, if you have autoimmune thyroid, bc of the dangers of iodine in that situation.

Give us a bit more info by answering the questions and we can be a bit more accurate in our responses.

Til soon!
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1/12/15 8:31 P

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I was diagnosed with thyroid nodules about 3 years ago. I had one biopsied then and it did not come back as cancerous. But the nodules have continued to grow on both sides of my thyroid. The ENT I have been seeing who is a thyroid surgeon suggest that it be removed. I am not sure that is the right thing to do or not. My thyroid levels blood test have come back within the normal range. But the largest nodule I can feel is the size of a grape and makes me look like I have a small "Adam's apple". My brother is a wellness expert (not an MD) insists that the nodules I have are due to my low protein consumption causing estrogen dominance which leads to the liver being overloaded and the development of thyroid nodules. He thinks that a diet makeover will correct my problem and removing my thyroid will only put a "band aid" on my real issues. MY fear is that my nodules could be cancerous due to their continued growth---if I wait I could be putting myself in danger. Not sure what to do! Any input? TIA!

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