• Thyroid cancer after breast cancer

    Asked by Jbro on Friday, July 26, 2019

    Thyroid cancer after breast cancer

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and It happens more than you realize and often as a result from radiation to the breast.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4770576/

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Have you been diagnosed again? Or are you just wondering what the odds are?

      about 2 years ago
    • Jbro's Avatar
      Jbro

      I have been diagnosed again. I didn’t have radiation with the breast cancer (or chemo). I had a high TSH level (for the first time) at my yearly physical so I had an ultrasound which showed two large solid nodules. Biopsy was inconclusive but strongly suspicious for cancer. My surgeon says we won’t know exactly what it is and whether lymph nodes are affected until the surgery.

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Jbro, we wish you the best. Maybe it will be a simple solution.

      about 2 years ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Hang in there and hoping for good news.

      about 2 years ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I had thyroid nodules diagnosed at the same time as breast cancer. The decision was made to treat bc first as it was already in my lymph nodes. Thyroid nodules were detected on an MRI. I had bc surgery, chemo and radiation. About 2 months after radiation, I had an inconclusive thyroid biopsy. I had a hemithyroidectomy because they seemed sure it was not cancer. Pathology came back positive for cancer. The cancer was within the nodules removed so I had no further treatment except to take thyroid meds and have yearly ultrasounds. My type of thyroid cancer is not agressive. At the time I was freaked out, but now 3 years later I don’t worry about it. I hope you get good news and have a speedy recovery.

      about 2 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Jbro, when is surgery?

      about 2 years ago
    • Jbro's Avatar
      Jbro

      This coming Friday. I’m just ready to get on with it. Sounds like it’s really not a big deal, especially compared with going through breast cancer.

      about 2 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Yes, waiting is really hard. I know a couple of people who have had thyroid cancer and they had surgery and treatment and are doing really well now. Good luck to you. Let us know how you’re doing when you feel up to it.

      about 2 years ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Jbro, if friends experiences are any indication... one said it was a cake walk compared to bc. Get those uglies outta there!!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Jbro's Avatar
      Jbro

      Waiting to be discharged after total thyroidectomy yesterday. My throat is a little sore but I feel really good. Final pathology results will be in by midweek. The frozen section from the surgery was still inconclusive but at the worst I’ll just have to do the radioactive iodine treatment. I’d say this probably is the “best” kind of cancer there is

      about 2 years ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      So glad you are on the uphill side of this. Take care of yourself.

      about 2 years ago

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