How To Spot A Thyroid Nodule

Thyroid RFA 101: Radiofrequency ablation for the management of thyroid nodules: A critical appraisal of the literature

RFA stands for Radiofrequency Ablation for the management of thyroid nodules.

A TV viewer of “Inside Edition” spotted a lump (a thyroid nodule) on host, Deborah Norville’s neck and commented on it.

“A long time ago an “Inside Edition” viewer reached out to say she’d seen something on my neck. It was a lump,” she said. “I’d never noticed the thing, but I did have it checked out and the doctor said it was nothing, a thyroid nodule. And for years, it was nothing. Until recently, it was something.”-Deborah Norville, Anchor, “Inside Edition”

She went to a doctor, had it checked and was told it was fine. Years later, she learns it wasn’t fine. It was cancerous.

Norville says:

“The doctor says it’s a very localized form of cancer, which tomorrow I’ll have surgery to have removed. There’ll be no chemo, I’m told no radiation, but I will have surgery and I’ll be away for a bit,” Norville said on “Inside Edition.” “If you believe in prayer, please say one for me and for my surgeon and I thank you very much.” -Deborah Norville

She had surgery to have it removed and it went well.

“Thank you again for all your kind words of encouragement. The world truly is filled with good people 😊 in case you missed the end of @insideedition yesterday, here’s the message that explains my brief absence from the show.”

-Deborah Norville


It’s important for people to know the majority of benign thryoid nodules are asymptomatic, remain stable in size and do not require treatment. A lump as seen in photos above may not cause pain or other symptoms.

A minority of patients experience pain in their jaw, ear or neck or have difficulty swallowing. Patients say it feels there’s a constant tickle in their throat.


Thyroid nodule is a lump that can develop in your thyroid gland. It can be solid or filled with fluid.

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Thyroid nodules are relatively common and rarely cancerous.


Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located near your larynx (voice box) and in front of the trachea (windpipe). See photo above.


If your doctor thinks a biopsy is needed, the simplest way to find out if a thyroid lump or nodule is cancerous is with a fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the thyroid nodule. This type of biopsy can sometimes be done in your doctor’s office or clinic.


Again, most people have no symptoms at all, but can visually see the thyroid nodule on their neck (see photos at top). If it’s cosmetically an issue, it can be removed. You should always have a doctor check any lumps. Some people do experience symptoms, such as trouble swallowing, pain in neck, ear or jaw, hoarseness of voice (a concern for cancer)


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Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer can cause any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • A lump in the neck, sometimes growing quickly
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Pain in the front of the neck, sometimes going up to the ears
  • Hoarseness or other voice changes that do not go away
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • A constant cough that is not due to a cold

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, talk to your doctor right away. Many of these symptoms can also be caused by non-cancerous conditions or even other cancers of the neck area.

Again. lumps in the thyroid are common and are usually benign. Still, if you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.



The cause is unknown, but some say it may be from too much exposure to radiation. It’s important to ask for a THYROID GUARD whenever you have a mammogram or are at dentist getting x-rays. Dr. Oz did an episode on it this week as there has been a rise in thyroid cancer in women. Please share that information.

TREATMENTS for Benign (harmless) Thyroid Nodule:

The timely use of ultrasound-guided, minimally invasive thermal therapies has changed the natural history of benign, enlarging thyroid nodules (TNs).

These procedures produce persistent shrinkage of TNs and an improvement of local symptoms.

RFA is performed in outpatient clinics and has a lower risk of complications compared to surgery.

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For information on Treatments for Thyroid Cancer visit:


Recap of Deborah Norville’s story:


“Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville revealed to viewers on Monday that she will undergo surgery to remove a cancerous nodule on her thyroid.

“The doctor says it’s a very localized form of cancer, which tomorrow I’ll have surgery to have removed. There’ll be no chemo, I’m told no radiation, but I will have surgery and I’ll be away for a bit,” Norville said on “Inside Edition.” “If you believe in prayer, please say one for me and for my surgeon and I thank you very much.” -Deborah Norville

Deborah’s surgery went well, She is recovering. Sending prayers and well wishes.

Thank you to the viewer who saw something and said something.

If you ever notice something unusual, don’t be shy. One time, a friend of mine shared a post from this blog on unusual symptoms of breast cancer. She shared it on Facebook. Her friend read it, recognized one of the signs in herself, got it checked and sure enough they caught breast cancer early.




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Maria Dorfner is an award-winning TV producer and health journalist and owner of NewsMD, providing health content and PR services for the best in medical | health. Maria has produced and directed “21st Century Medicine” on DISCOVERY, created and co-anchored Healthcare Consumers, Healthy Living, Lifestyles and Longevity and Green Magazine on CNBC. She also co-founded and launched The Cleveland Clinic News Service, helped launch MedPage TODAY and CNBC.

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