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A 49-year-old member asked:

what is the typical time someone lives with stage 4c thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Difficult answer: Survival depends on many factors including the type of thyroid cancer, the degree of aggressiveness, the age and health of the patient, the response to treatment. Statistical studies show that about 50% of patients survive more than 5 years. Your doctor can better estimate based on the above factors. There are also new treatments available currently that will likely improve the survival rates.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I know if the thyroid cancer has spread?

7 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Nuclear scan: Radio nuclear iodine scan.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen commented
General Surgery 34 years experience
If your entire thyroid was removed, there is a blood test, called the thyroglobulin level, that should be checked as well.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the different types of thyroid cancer?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
4 types: Papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic both papillary and follicular cancers are typically treated with complete removal of the lobe of the thyroid that harbors the cancer, in addition to the removal of most or all of the other side. Medullary cancer of the thyroid is significantly less common, but has a worse prognosis. Thyroid cancer anaplastic has a poor prognosis.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What kind of thyroid cancer do I have?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: There are 4 types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular/hurthle cell, medullary and anaplastic. Papillary is most common (75% of all thyroid cancer) so if you have thyroid cancer, this's probably what you have. Anaplastic is very aggressive and is deadly, so you most likely do not have this one. The only way to know is through a thyroid biopsy or surgery.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Anyone: Anyone can get thyroid cancer. Your risk is higher if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or if you were exposed to excess radiation to the neck when you were younger.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Davis Liu
Dr. Davis Liu answered
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Examination: Suspicion for a thyroid cancer is often discovered by a physical examination, first discovered by a patient and then verified by a doctor. A biopsy is needed which can confirm the diagnosis.

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