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Can anyone share experience with papillary carcinoma in "hot" nodule

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I am newly diagnosed, and so scared that this cancer has spread through my body. And it seems like it will be FOREVER before I have any answers. One question that I have is because the hot nodule is functioning in some way, it is more likely to have blood flowing through it and thus moving cancer cells? I know that is one of the things that they look for when they remove the thyroid. Anyone that can share any stories that would get me through this waiting period for surgery/pathology, or help me formulate some questions for my doctors, would be very appreciated!

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I do alot of reserch online and when a person has a question i normaly do alot of cut and paste

myself I had a warm node with papillary and follicular but here is some of the info you wanted

What is a Cold or Hot Nodule?
Nodules detected by thyroid scans are classified as cold, hot, or warm. Thyroid cells absorb iodine so they can make thyroid hormone out of it. When radioactive iodine is given, a butterfly image will be obtained on x-ray film showing the outline of the thyroid. If a nodule is composed of cells that do not make thyroid hormone (don't absorb iodine), then it will appear "cold" on the x-ray film. A nodule that is producing too much hormone will show up darker and is called "hot."

85% of thyroid nodules are cold, 10% are warm, and 5% are hot. Remember that 85% of cold nodules are benign, 90% of warm nodules are benign, and 95% of hot nodules are benign.

Although thyroid scanning can give a probability that a nodule is benign or malignant, it cannot truly differentiate benign or malignant nodules and usually should not be used as the only basis for recommending treatment of the nodule, including thyroid surgery.

The evaluation of a solitary thyroid nodule should always include history and examination by a physician. Certain aspects of the history and physical exam will suggest a benign or malignant condition. Remember, a biopsy of some sort is the only way to tell for sure.

there are a few of our stories on this website i think mine has droped to the 2nd page now but its there.

good luck and ask as many questions as you can think of


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