Your thyroid cancer may not be cancer at all!
You’d be amazed at how often mainstream docs are wrong. Even supposedly top-notch specialists botch the job with alarming regularity.
I used to be stunned myself… but after years of fixing their mistakes, I’ve come to expect it!
Now, new guidelines aim to fix one of the biggest and most common mistakes in modern medicine – one that’s ruined the lives of tens of thousands of Americans – by changing the definition of thyroid cancer.
Thyroid cancer certainly sounds serious, and in many cases it is.
But there’s one form of the disease that even the textbooks will tell you is completely harmless – yet every year, more than 10,000 Americans have their thyroid surgically removed… because of condition that never would have hurt them.
The procedure itself doesn’t take long, but the ramifications last the rest of your life.
Once the thyroid is plucked out, you’ll need to take drugs to reproduce the hormones your own body can no longer make. This isn’t temporary; you’ll be on these meds until the day you die.
You may also have to live with the lingering side effects of the radioactive iodine given to treat the condition – including exhaustion, fertility problems, issues with your salivary glands, and more.
Not only that, but even when everything goes well, you’ll need to be carefully monitored by a doctor for thyroid hormone levels. Heck, you might spend so much time in a doctor’s office that you’ll have all those old magazines in the waiting room memorized!
The new guidelines change the name of the condition from “encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma” to “noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features.”
Either one is a word soup for most people. The key is the removal of the word “carcinoma.”
Most doctors believe every “carcinoma” needs to be treated, so a team of experts wrote in the journal JAMA Oncology that removing the word and changing the name will help them look at it differently.
These non-cancers are actually trapped inside their own capsule of fibrous tissue – and while it looks like cancer on the inside, the capsule itself keeps it from breaking out and spreading.
Because it’s contained, patients who have this condition can have a minor surgery to remove just the capsule.
They don’t need radiation; there’s no reason to remove the entire thyroid; and, in nearly every case, the thyroid will able to keep producing hormones normally and no treatment or regular follow-ups will be needed.
In fact, over 15 years, the recurrence rate is less than 1 percent.
So if you’ve been battling thyroid problems and your doc claims to have found a “tumor,” get a second opinion – and ask the doctor if it’s a true “carcinoma” before you allow anyone to operate.