Medical history and thyroid nodules

Your doctor may ask you the following questions to help determine whether you have a thyroid nodule and whether it is cancerous:

  • How did you find the thyroid growth?
  • Describe any symptoms.
  • Have you been treated for any type of thyroid problem in the past? If so, what was the problem and how was it treated?
  • Has anyone in your family been treated for thyroid nodules or any other thyroid disorder?
  • Does (or did) anyone in your family have cancer of the thyroid gland or any other endocrine gland?
  • Have you ever received radiation treatment to your head, neck, or chest? Conditions for which this type of treatment may have been used include thyroid problems, lung disease, a brain tumor, repeated tonsil infections (tonsillitis), or acne.

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

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