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how is thyroid cancer treated?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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
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Dr. Richard Orr
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
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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