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Incidental Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Cancer Considerations Before Determining Management

My fellow Hashimoto sufferers, I think you’ll find this post from blogger someone somewhere interesting.

https://zedie.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/ncidental-thyroid-nodules-and-thyroid-cancer-considerations-before-determining-management/

Someone Somewhere

The worldwide incidence of thyroid cancer is increasing substantially, almost exclusively attributable to small papillary thyroid cancers. Increased use of diagnostic imaging is considered the most likely explanation for this reported rise, but other factors may also be contributing. The increase in health care expenditures related to managing these presumably low-risk cancers, without a clear patient benefit, has resulted in a backlash against the early detection of thyroid cancer. Currently, there is no way to confidently predict which incidentally detected thyroid nodule may be the precursor to a more aggressive process. Predictions such as these would require more accurate characterization of the biology of individual thyroid cancers than is currently possible. With time, we might prove our ability to confidently differentiate low-risk from high-risk thyroid cancers, but until that happens, routine screening for thyroid cancer by imaging billed as a “health checkup” should not be performed. However, incidentally detected thyroid…

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He Called Us Nurses Angels

“How much they hate doctors.” He said it matter of fact and I turned to give a hurt look to the anesthesiologist at my right.

“Sorry, just kidding. It would attract readers to your site, right?”

I got that he was trying to be helpful, but, Christmas is coming and I didn’t want to write some snarky blog promoting the myth that nurses hate all doctors. I shared my only idea.

“I was thinking about doing something informative about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. As soon as I said it out loud, it felt wrong. I didn’t have to deal with the weight of the world, just a poorly wired thyroid gland and chronic fatigue.

“Susan, I know what you should write about.”

Now I was going to get an opinion from the surgeon standing across from me. He had a Fu Manchu moustache and an impeccable reputation.

“What?” I was surprised he joined in.

“How you nurses are angels.”

He had my full attention. I listened as he continued.

“My mom was in the hospital not long ago, and like usual, I didn’t tell anyone I was a physician…some people get intimidated. Now, I gotta tell you, those nurses, they spent so much time with my mom, taking incredible care of her. They were real gentle with her.”

The conversation was feeling a little surreal to me and the dimmed lights in the room didn’t help. Give the surgeon a white robe and the equipment in his hand might have looked like a tablet to me. I blinked a couple of times when he paused.

“Really, you nurses are special.” All I could do was nod, say thanks, and agree that the post should be one appropriate for the nature of the season.

I am paying it forward

***Merry Christmas***

 

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