Nov 16, 2010 - 7:42 am
Hi, my name is Wendy. I'm 34 years old, 3 kids, and one on the way. I'm 16 weeks pregnant right now. I found a lump on the side of my neck about 5 months ago, a small one, and regrettably ignored it. I thought it was nothing and would just go away. Then I got pregnant about a month later, went to my OB for my first checkup. Then my next appointment came up and I mentioned it to her. She sent me for an ultrasound, then to a surgeon, who did a FNA biopsy. Came back as Hurthle cell neoplasm. I'd never heard of this before, so immediately started doing all the research I could. The surgeon never said the "C" word, cancer, but from everywhere I read, it was a possibility. Now here I am, 16 weeks pregnant, and having surgery tomorrow for a thyroid lobectomy, possible full thyroidectomy. My nodule is greater than 4 cm, less than 5 last they checked.
I have so many questions and can't really find the answers I'm looking for. Cancer runs through my family although thyroid cancer doesn't. My mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer, terminal stage 4, just 3 years ago, but has now been in remission for 2 years, praise God. I've had others close in my family with it as well that were not so fortunate. I'm preparing myself for the worst so I'm not completely blindsided. I have faith in God, and know that He is with me. I am concerned for the risk involved with having surgery while being pregnant, although they have reassured me (almost) that the second trimester is the safest time to do surgery for the baby.
I can't find blunt statistics on what the possibility is that this IS cancer anywhere and my doctor is very evasive when I ask. I know he doesn't want to go one way or the other and yet I need someone to be realistic and honest with me. I know that tomorrow I'll find out for sure after the surgery. I've never had any health problems, never even broken a bone!
What are the survival rates if it does spread? My concern is that it's been there so long and I did NOTHING about it out of ignorance, thinking it would go away.