The Old Way to Diagnose and Treat thyroid nodules and Cancer has Changed for an Alert Patient
The Old Way to Diagnose and Treat thyroid nodules and Cancer has changed. Do Not just trust your local primary,radiologist,pathologist and surgeon without getting outside opinions before doing the u
The Old Way
The primary orders a routine thyroid ultrasound. They send you to have an ultrasound with local radiologist calls and states a biopsy in needed because a nodule is seen. The radiologist does the biopsy.He calls again and states the pathologist says it is suspicious and the primary refers the patient to his surgeon. The surgeon tells the patient they need surgery ASAP as this has a good chance to be cancer. The patient is panic mode after weeks of testing and multiple doctor visits is ready to just get it over with and have the surgery.
The New Way to Better for Your Health.
When told about the need for a routine or screening thyroid ultrasound the patient needs to say no if there are no clinical indications. There must be a reason to do a thyroid ultrasound otherwise there is a good chance they will see a nodule that is small and harmless and recommend a biopsy. If you were an obedient patient and allowed the screening ultrasound and they found a small nodule,they will recommend a biopsy next. Again you need to say no until you get an opinion that the nodule has ultrasound risk factors to justify a biopsy. This is a major step because once to allow a biopsy you are on the way to possible unnecessary surgery followed by radiation for a harmless nodule or low risk thyroid cancer. Now you are told it is suspicious and they want to operate. Stand firm about having expert outside consultation to see if a surgery is indicated and how extensive it needs to be.It is your life and you need to be pro-active to prevent falling down the rabbit hole into a land of dangers you don’t need.
Scar on the neck of a patient who followed the old way and had surgery without second opinions on the need for ultrasound ( not needed),biopsy ( not needed) and surgery ( not indicated).