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long wait for FNA - is this OK?

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Joined: Jun 2006

Hello to all,
I just signed on to this group, hoping to get some feedback on my situation. An ultrasound revealed multiple lumps in my thyroid, and a FNA was recommended. The soonest they could "fit me in" was 7 weeks after the referral. I understand that the chances of malignancy in thyroid lumps are very small, but presumably if there IS cancer, then early detection would be crucial. I asked my referring doctor who said this was a normal wait time, and not to worry. Still and all, if in the unlikely event it should be cancer, would it not have spread significantly after 7 weeks? Or perhaps thyroid cancer is so slow to spread that it doesn't matter? Should I push my doctor some more, or just accept her advice not to worry?
Thanks for any thoughts!

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CSN Dana

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I would definitely push it. In May of last year my doctor found a "thyroid nodule" and sent me for an ultrasound the next day. The results came back a day later, "suspicious for cancer". I was sent the very next day for a FNA and the following day received the news: Papillary carcinoma. So within a week I went from not even knowing I had a nodule to knowing I had cancer. All the while, every single person I came in contact with kept telling me how slim the chances were and that it was probably nothing. While papillary carcinoma is not aggressive, there are other types of thyroid cancer that are. I think it's best to find out right away. I wish you the best of luck and the best of health!


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