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14B Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporte Medical Center O O 00the Expert Thyroid Nodule Nathan Woolsey, MD My primary care physician recommended I see a speciatist for a thyroid nodule. Does that mean I have cancer? A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of thyroid tissue or fl,uid-fitted cyst that forms a Lump--sometimes Large enough to be a visibl,e I.ump, or goiter, on the front neck. Chances of developing nodul,es increase as you get ol,der, but the majority of al,[ thyroid nodules are benign or non-cancerous. Al,though it is uncommon, nodules can become large enough to cause pain, hoarseness, or make it difficult to breathe or swaLLow food. In these cases, a specialist shoul,d further evaluate the enlarged thyroid. A specialist wil,I l.ikety order blood tests to determine whether your thyroid is high, normalor Low functioning. They coul,d also request further testing, such as a thyroid ul,trasound or a biopsy to remove cet[s/fl,uid sampl,es that wil,l, help identify any cancerous or suspicious nodules. They may also order a nuclear medicine test to help determine how active the nodule function is as well,. Treatment wit[ depend on the resuLts of the nodul,e biopsy, thyroid ultrasound and results of the thyroid function tests. Partial. or complete surgical removal of the thyroid is recommended for nodules that are cancerous. Hyper functioning nodules are usua[l,y benign, but they may produce too much thyroid hormone and cause hyperthyroidism, which can cause you to have an irregu[arl.y fast heartbeat, increased sweating or irritabiLity/nervousness. Hyper functioning nodul,es can be surgicall,y removed or treated with radioactive iodine, but these decisions shoul,d be discussed with your surgeon and/or special,ist. If your nodul,e does not harbor cancer ceLLs or is not hyper functioning, does not cause difficulty breathing or swat[owing, and is not growing in size, typicaLLy your physician wilt request a visit every 6 to 12 months for monitoring. At your next visit, your specialist may request a physical exam and/or a thyroid ultrasound with biopsy if the nodul,e has grown. Even if a biopsy is benign, surgical removal, may be necessary for nodul,es getting Larger in size and causing symptoms. About the Provider Nathan Wool,sey, MD, is a general, surgeon avaitabl,e for appointments at Banner HeaLth Clinic in Susanvitte. Dr. WooLsey special,izes in traditional., advanced l.aparoscopic and minimal.[y invasive surgeries for multipl,e conditions. To [earn more about Dr. Wool,sey, caLL 530-252-2500. Free stroke screenings and education Banner Lassen Medical Center wit[ teach community members about the risks for stroke and provide free screenings at the Stroke Prevention HeaLth Fair on Thursday, March 19 from 7-11 a.m. Participants who wilt be screened should fast which incLudes nothing to eat or drink except water for six to eight hours before the appointment to detect choLesteroL LeveLs. In addition, volunteers wiLL revi ew medical history, check blood pressure and choLesteroL LeveLs, demonstrate the ease of EKG and carotid Doppler testing and provide information on stroke prevention and the signs, symptoms and emergency response to stroke. Strokeis the fourth Leading cause of death in tte United States, and up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable through tifestyte choices, according to the National Stroke Association. Risk factors include high brood pressure, high chotesterot, diabetes, smoking, irregutar heartbeat, poor diet and exercise and family history of stroke. Appointmets are recwJred; please ca!.L (530) 252-2000. choose option ,0" for operator. WaLk-in appointments may re accommodated if time aLLows. Dementia Diatogues webinars ................ i:iiiiiiiiii As a caregiver of someone with dementia, your time is precious and, sometimes, traveUng to receive ongoing education is simply not possibLe,Join us for Dementia Dialogues, where we bring dementia education to you on[lnel Scheduted each third Wednesday from noon to i p.m., Dementia Diatogues offer a different, pertinent topic each month, For those who are not comfortabte with the Internet or who don't have access, an exclusively audio version is offered as well, Tune in from the comfort of your home or office. 7 Learn from experts in dementia care and get your questions answeredt Go to www.banneratz.org/ dementiadiatogues to view the webinar schedul.et