• I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer 3 years ago. Now we have found multiple masses in my thyroid. I have been taking Tamoxefen

    Asked by PatriciaK on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer 3 years ago. Now we have found multiple masses in my thyroid. I have been taking Tamoxefen

    Could the cancer have spread to my thyroid or could this be something not related?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I am sorry you're dealing with new health problems. I am not a doctor, but it is my understanding from literature, that it is possible that your cancer has metastasized to the thyroid. It is also possible, maybe probable, that it is an entirely new unrelated problem. I would think they will do a biopsy to determine what's going on with those masses. Those samples are sent to a lab, then your doctor will get a pathology report that should give them more information to be able to see what's going on in there. It's my understanding that it's rare to have a metastasis to the thyroid, but it cannot be ruled out.

      In the case of my dad, he started out with lung cancer. Two years later, a mass was detected in his liver. So, of course we thought that must be the lung cancer popping back up. Even the oncologist thought that. It turned out to be an entirely different cancer. I learned from that never to make assumptions, and to wait for the test results. That's always the fun part-- waiting. Best wishes to you.

      about 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      It could be a new primary cancer of the thyroid.....

      about 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Did you have radiation treatment for your breast cancer? I did, and then took Tamoxifen for 5 years. Then I had problems with my parathyroids & underwent a partial thyroidectomy...but it wasn't cancer. They told me they could totally target my breast tumor area, but I remain suspicious that the radiation somehow messed up my thyroid...and caused this second breast cancer in the same breast. Just a thought.

      about 8 years ago
    • ErinJ's Avatar

      Hi Patricia,
      I was on Tamoxefen for five years after my cancer which had spread to my lymph nodes. About two years post diagnosis, I was diagnosed as hypothyroid. They say it is not cancer related and now I am on synthroid, get bloodwork every six months to monitor the dose and am doing fine! The primary areas for metastatic breast cancer are bones, brain and liver. That said, be sure you see your doctor to discuss. I usually see both my general practioner and oncologist so I can get multiple opinions when somehting comes up. Go Gators~ I am from Gainesville too!!

      about 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Hi Patricia... I could give opinions, as can others. However you have to ask this of your oncologist. People can get different types of cancer. I do know if you have your thyroid removed and begin taking thyroid medication... Your life doesn't change a bit. If it's cancer you might have radiation, or whatever... But Please get yourself back to the doctor that you trust AND do what he suggests is best for you! God Bless You.

      about 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      I am sorry that these health issues have been coming up for you. There is a syndrome that has as one of its features that Thyroid and breast cancer as well as possible other cancers occur within weeks months or a year or so of each other. I want to say this is Cowden's syndrome, but I can't be sure. Talk with your oncologist about this, and ask. I wish you health and prayers... hugs

      about 8 years ago

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