• I need to know what to expect after an elevated thyroid test level.

    Asked by derbygirl on Friday, October 12, 2012

    I need to know what to expect after an elevated thyroid test level.

    Four years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Every 3 months I get tested and for the first time, I have received a negative result on one of my tests. There seems to be a mild elevation in my thyroid level. The doctor ordered an ultrasound which showed a small cyst. I'm wondering if anyone received a similar result and what you may have had to have done to determine if it was cancerous or benign.

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I think the only real way to find out if it is cancerous or benign is to have a biopsy. I'm not up to date with thyroid cancer but I have two friends who have both had it and and treatment was extremely successful. I have another friend who's Dr found a "nodule" on his thyroid. He's scheduled for a biopsy in Jan (not sure why they're waiting so long) I wouldn't worry unless you have reason to worry (I know, better said than done). Keep your chin up.

      almost 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and an elevated TSH does not neccesarily mean it is cancer, you could have thyroid disease like hyper or hypo active thyroid which is corrected with medication. Good luck, Carm.

      almost 8 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Take your time. The thyroid is a sensitive part of you and can react to a change of diet. Often people from the US who relocate to parts of Asia find themselves in a similar condition because the meals have so much more iodine (seaweeds) and their thyroid is not used to that. Same difference for Europeans coming to the US. If, for example, you have cut out salt from Morton's best but not replaced the iodine, your thyroid can react. If you've been eating a sudden ton of cruciferous veggies, your thyroid can react. It takes time for the gland to adjust. Don't think cancer until all other much more benign possibilities have been exhausted. Don't you rush to judgement and don't listen to a doctor who rushes either. How do you feel? Healthy best wishes.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Reel's Avatar

      As a stage 4 thyroid cancer patient I can tell you to not worry. All an elevated level tells you is to get things checked out. Most cysts are negative anyway. Even if it isn't, when thyroid cancer is caught early, it is easy to get rid of. Don't panic. Thyca.com has tons of info. Good luck.

      almost 8 years ago

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