• I had a thyroidectomy in 2014 had good scans etc.Then wham got hit that I have a suspicious 1.9 cm nodule in my lung.I am getting a needle

    Asked by Zeke on Sunday, February 10, 2019

    I had a thyroidectomy in 2014 had good scans etc.Then wham got hit that I have a suspicious 1.9 cm nodule in my lung.I am getting a needle

    I was wonderi g if anyone else has had thyroid cancer and later a pronlem in their lung

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      Sorry to hear of this. Different cancers here. 2 non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and Myelodysplastic syndrome in my marrow. I have had several lung nodules. I suspect that every human who ever lived has had lung nodules. The problem is that we live in the age of imaging, where we can see what no one on earth has seen before.

      Many, if not most, are signs of current or recent infection. Maybe think of the benign forms as lung scabs or lung scars. Virus? Cold? Flu? All carry the potential to cause lung nodules to form. Naturally, the larger they are, the more concerning they are, but the biopsy will speak for itself.

      Scanning is getting much better, but in occasion it is akin to examining something on your skin through frosted glass. Is it an abrasion? Laceration? Contusion? Rash? Skin cancer? Only testing a sample of it can tell with certainty.

      All of my nodules resolved on their own, as do most people's.

      9 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Like PO, I had different diagnoses but wanted to share that I had Hodgkins in the first two diagnoses, then head and neck cancer 18 years later with tonsil cancer. It's not uncommon to start with a diagnosis of one type of cancer, then get a second diagnosis later with something different, but not everyone does by any means. We hope you get clean and healthy.

      9 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I wanted to add that I have several small nodules in my lungs found by CT scan due to my abdominal cancer in 2013. Although they are watching them to see if they grow or change, they've told me the longer they don't change, the less likely they are cancer and are probably scar tissue from an old infection, as above.

      Best wishes that your biopsy shows scar tissue or benign.

      9 months ago
    • wmsavs' Avatar

      Hi Zeke, thanks for your question. I have learned through talking with other patients and my wife's oncologist that when treatments (ie, radiation and/or chemotherapies) are administered for other cancer(s), that patients become potentially more susceptible to lung cancer. Radiation exposure during regular testing on frequent basis may also contribute.

      As my other contributors have provided, a needle biopsy can provide a more definitive answer than scans. We are hoping for a definitive negative result from this biopsy but if positive that it's identified early where treatment opportunities are more effective. Please keep us posted.

      9 months ago

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