A 21-year-old member asked:
how is thyroid cancer treated?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Quang Nguyen answered
Specializes in Endocrinology
Surgery: Surgery is the best way to treat thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine and some drugs also treat thyroid cancer but these are typically done after surgery.
Answered on Mar 16, 2015
Dr. Richard Orr answered
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
Surgery first: Typically the entire thyroid is removed (total thyroidectomy) along with any involved lymph nodes in the neck. This is usually followed by radioactive iodine - an outpatient procedure with few side effects. Cure rate for people less that 40 is almost 100%, although some people will need more than one operation. Find an experienced surgeon - it amkes a difference!
Answered on Jun 24, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Lee answered
41 years experience Endocrinology
Thyroid cancer: Thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. The treatment is a combination of thyroid surgery, radioactive iodine and thyroid hormone therapy. Some patients need only surgery and other with metastatic disease need all 3 treatments. Some very aggressive tumors fail these 3 treatments and can be treated with "tyrosine kinase inhibitors".
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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