I've been diagnosed as having a cyst and a nodule on my thyroid. They have been there for over ten years. Subsequent exams have shown that while they are both benign, they are growing. I have also been told I have a goiter. My neck feels swollen all the time and sometimes swallowing is difficult. My thyroid levels test within normal ranges, yet I have all the classic symptoms of hypothyroid syndrome. The major concern at this point is that my mother died from thyroid cancer. I am seriously considering having my thyroid removed as a prophylactic measure. In the meantime I have ordered some herbs that have been reported as beneficial for shrinking cysts and dissolving nodules. I would appreciate input from others who may have had similar issues, such as what you may have tried and any success stories? I really don't want to have my thyroid removed, but in view of my family medical history I feel that I should.