Hi, Thanks for your question. I'm Dr. Hasan and I'll try to help you. I am sorry to hear about your problem. I am going to address your primary concern but later you can ask anything you want.
I am an assistant professor of ENT and can guide you.
would the hoarseness be constant if i had thyroid cancer?
Absolutely yes that is the catch point.
Hoarseness due to cancer never goes away with any treatment.
what are the characteristics of cancerous lumps in the neck?
1. They are painless.
2. They don't decrease in size without cancer treatment.
3. There are certain characteristics that are seen on CT scan like they are more than one cm in size.
Lastly if we think about cancer affecting vocal cords, neck nodes are almost always absent.
Thyroid cancer giving rise to hoarseness are big swellings that are readily picked.
You just had a normal exam in Jan and that makes thyroid cancer least likely or I must say, impossible.
would the ent doctor have felt it if it was there without me telling him i had found a lump?
Yes they are easily felt by ENT.
They are trained to pick them in routine.
and a cancerous lump would not have grown that much in 1 month?
Yes they are not so much fast growing.
i have had a cold and cough for about a week could the lump be connected to that?
Yes colds are associated with viral infections and viral infections are quite commonly associated with such lumps.
are cancerous lumps moveable under the skin?
yes they are.
but all lumps are movable when they develop
should i make a doctors appointment to be on the safe side or are you confident it isnt something serious?
I am confident that this is not serious but yes get it checked whenever convenient.
At least observe it for 7 days.
thank you for your help.
There is no urgency I assure you
You are most welcome.
My best wishes and prayers will follow you.
I reassure you again that cancer is quite unlikely so don't stress yourself.
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thanks so much.