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This conversation is making me wonder why I wasn't tested for cancer before thyroid surgery eight years ago. How did they decide it was cancer in my case, or did they just assume? I had breast cancer lumpectomy six years before the thyroid surgery. Then I had radiation which burned my skin but they continued to finish the 42 radiation treatments. Did the radiation cause the thyroid growths? Of course, they would never admit that, because when I studied the brain tumor treatments I learned that some patients had terrible brain relapses six months after brain radiation and the doctors said the radiation didn't cause the relapses. I know they are trying to save our lives, but it seems every treatment is a risk of some sort. I have the protective cover put on my neck when I have x-rays at the dentist. They give me antibiotics when they clean my teeth because of my knee replacement surgeries. I have been told not to eat soy because of a test I had. Now I am reading about foods that are considered anti-cancer foods. It is quite a job keeping up with the medical science. Dorisena

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@dorisena — You didn't have a fine needle biopsy of your thyroid nodules? Did they find cancer cells after they removed your thyroid anyway?
I do agree that it's a job keeping up with science in any case. Sounds like, though, you're doing great. My friend is a former nurse and she is more up on the treatments for her ailments than I am. I listen to Dr. Radio on SiriusXM and it's a bit frustrating when you hear one doctor tell a person who calls in with a question that they need to find a good, experienced doctor. So you gotta wonder who's good when you go to a doctor.
I used to think a doctor is a doctor. I used to think doctors knew everything. Really. But I'm glad to hear you're doing ok with your thyroid medication.
From what I understand, doctors will hardly if ever admit in general a mistake. I like my family practitioner, but I told her recently that I don't like doctors. She is very nice, really. Her reply was: "I detected that." 🙂 When I told her I was afraid to find out I if I have cancer, she said, "Why"? And I had no good answer, and she just said, "Well, it's up to you what you want to do."

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