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Does my dad potentially have thyroid cancer or is it just an infection?

By Anonymous February 26, 2012 - 1:40pm
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My dad (who is 66 years old) had a bad case of strep throat. It continued on for about 2 weeks and he kept complaining of his throat hurting and that it hurt to swallow. He then went to the doctor and they took a cat scan of his neck. He has a mass on the right side of his interior neck and three small ones in his thyroid gland. Could it be infection or possibly thyroid cancer? If so, which thyroid cancer could he have?

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Hello Anon,

Thank you for posting. What did your doctor tell your dad about the mass in his neck? It's really impossible for us to say whether or not he may have thyroid cancer since we are not his doctors. Your dad will need to follow-up with his MD and discuss the risks of the mass in the neck found. If you can, please attend his appointments with him so that you can ask any questions that you may have.

If he recently had a strep infection, then the lymph nodes in the neck would be swollen, as expected.

Here is some more information on the thyroid and thyroid cancer:


Best of luck,


February 26, 2012 - 2:42pm
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Well the doctor is going to give test the nodules/lumps with a needle and we shall know march 7. She said that there were three small masses in his thyroid and one lump on the right side of his neck.

February 26, 2012 - 3:51pm
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