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what are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
A painless lump: Most people with thyroid cancer do not have symptoms - they have a painless lump in the thyroid (we call it a nodule). Sometimes (especially younger patients) can have a palpable lymph node as the first sign. Rarely, very aggressive cancers can become large and cause symptoms of breathing obstruction.
Answered on Jun 24, 2017
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Variable: Early cancer may be asymptomatic. Common symptoms include, mass in the neck over the trachea, lateral mass due to metastases in the lymph nodes of the neck. Metastases to other organs, e.g., lung and bone may be the first symptoms. If the cancer produces hormone, anxiety, nervousness, high pulse rate, heat intolerance, weight loss etc due to hyperthyroid state may be the presenting feature.
Answered on May 25, 2015
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Dr. inderjit Deol
41 years experience Pathology
Usually mass in the front of neck over trachea. If tumor is large, it presses trachea and may cause difficulty in breathing. If already metastasized, patient may come with loss of weight.
May 25, 2015
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
32 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
Symptoms: Thyroid mass (most common) Enlarged lymph nodes (more common in childhood form) Hoarse voice.
Answered on May 24, 2016

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