Oct 03, 2011 - 1:15 pm
I had a CAT scan for a separate issue May 31st and was told I have a lump on my thyroid. Went to my regular doctor 2 days later, had an ultrasound 4 days later and was set up with an endo and had my first biopsy by the end of 2 weeks. That all happened so fast. The biopsy came back inconclusive. They scheduled another with the help of ultrasound but I had to wait a month. They said it was ok because thyroid cancer is slow growing. It came back follicular neoplasm and although they say I have a 30% chance of it being malignant there's still no hurry. It took a month to see the surgeon. During the wait my lymph nodes in my neck on the same side as the tumor have become enlarged and antibiotics didn't make their swelling go away. Still there was no rush and I am being told that there's nothing to worry about, it's slow growing, it doesn't normally spread to lymph nodes, and my CAT scan 4 months ago didn't show anything abnormal re:lymph nodes. Is it possible that since it's "slow growing" they could have missed the window of opportunity to catch it before it spreads. How do they know when it started? Can you tell by the size how long it's been growing? My tumor is 2.5cm and I am scheduled to have my right lobe removed this wednesday.