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kkirsits
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Joined: Apr 2010

Hi -- I am four years with Pap Thyroid Cancer (also, 2 of 6 lymph nodes in the neck were positive for cancer). I now have a 1.5 cm tumor on my left kidney. Options were to wait three months and do another CT scan to see if it has grown in size or have a biospy with my history of thyroid cancer. Have decided to do the biospy

Question -- what is the possibility of it metasizing to the Kidney or this being a new cancer.

Has anyone ever had this?

Biosphy is scheduled for Oct 28

veronica57
Posts: 98
Joined: May 2010

Chances are it could be a mestastasis. My pcp just explained to me about mestastasis to the lymph glands a couple of months ago. I thought, that the spread to lymph glands meant lymph glands in the neck. But my pcp said that I could have cancer anywhere in my body. My oncologist never told me this. Instead, he led to believe that the cancer can't go any further than my lungs. Let us know if it is thyroid cancer that has mestastasized. Good luck to you and God bless.

Veronica

jecklehyde
Posts: 33
Joined: Nov 2007

I am interested to hear what happens, as I was just diagnosed with a spot on my kidney. They are saying it is a probable cycst. I am cautious as my tumor in my thyroid was cycstic. Right now, they are just watching it, but I would be interested to know what they find. Obviously we will hope for the best for you.

Good Luck!

imelda
Posts: 9
Joined: Aug 2010

How did they find and diagnose the kidney tumor? Was it during a RAI/WBS scan?

ava12345
Posts: 2
Joined: Nov 2011

HI. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH KIDNEY CANCER IN 2009, IN OCT 2011 I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST AND THYROID CANCER. I RECENTLY REALIZED IN 2008 I HAD AN MRI SCAN OF THE CERVICAL SPINE SHOWED MY ENLARGED THYROID WITH NODULES BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE PHYSICIAN THAT ORDER THAT MRI DIDNT TELL ME I NEEDED TO FOLLOW UP WITH AN ULTRASOUND, SO I COULD HAVE HAD THYROID CANCER FOR THREE YEARS. LAST WEEK I WAS TOLD BY MY PRIMARY PHYSICIAN THE SURGEON THAT DID MY THYROIDECTOMY IS GOING TO HAVE MY NEPHRECTOMY TISSUES RE-EVALUATED, BECAUSE THE HOSPITAL TUMOR BOARD FOUND OUT MY THYROID CANCER WAS VERY AGGRESIVE, AND ALL MY CANCERS HAVE BEEN PAPILLARY. MY BEST FRIEND SAID SHE DID RESEARCH AND FOUND INFORMATION WHEN THERE IS A DIAGNOSIS OF THYROID CANCER OFTEN TIMES IT METASTIZING TO THE KIDNEY. MY KIDNEY MASS WAS 5 CM AND THE ONCOLOGY UROLOGIST AT THAT TIME TOLD BE NO RUSH I COULD WAIT FOR A FEW MONTHS TO DO SURGERY. I DIDN'T WAIT AND I AM GLAD. IT WAS A GRADE II CANCER AND MY CURRENT ONCOLOGIST TOLD ME THE CANCER HAD SPREAD THROUGH MY KIDNEY. ALWAYS QUESTION YOUR DOCTOR AND IF YOU DONT FEEL COMFORTBLE WAITING SEE ANOTHER SURGEON.

desnbub1
Posts: 7
Joined: Dec 2011

I am a 18 month survivor of kidney cancer 8 months ago the Dr. Found a nodule on my thyroid but said at this point it is to small to do biopsy. It is 3m? Has anyone found the two linked? Is there another was to find out besides biopsy if it is cancer.. Will pet scan tell?

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alapah
Posts: 255
Joined: Oct 2009

Typically nodules are biopsied with the aid of ultrasound for guidance. Ultrasound can sometimes provide clues about the nature of a nodule (ex, solid versus fluid filled). A CT can also provide some information about nodules - cancerous ones are often (perhaps always?) calcified and show up as such on CT. PET scan certainly may help but they are more expensive and not typically used as a first line of diagnosis in thyroid cancer. Because the thyroid is so close to the skin, nodules are often very accessible for fine needle biopsy. I assume you mean 3mm - I can't recall what size is generally required to do a successful biopsy. While still small, endocrinologists will often monitor with ultrasounds which are non invasive, effective tests to gauge growth and the nature of the nodule. Still, in the end, FNA biopsy is the most useful. Though, I will say, that even FNA biopsies can come back inconclusive or false positive - or false negative. Do you have an endocrinologist? If not, you may wish to find a good one to help monitor the situation.
Best to you.
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desnbub1
Posts: 7
Joined: Dec 2011

I m going to chech with another Dr. I do not have a endocrinologist... I did mean 3mm.. Thanks for responding and god bles you!

desnbub1
Posts: 7
Joined: Dec 2011

I m going to chech with another Dr. I do not have a endocrinologist... I did mean 3mm.. Thanks for responding and god bles you!

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