A 69-year-old member asked:
what is anaplastic thyroid cancer?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
44 years experience Pathology
Aggressive: Be sure the diagnosis is made by at least two pathologists who agree. Anaplastic thyroid cancer / carcinoma is an aggressive disease with no known risk factors (except perhaps a tiny pre-existing low-grade tumor too small to feel). It seems to strike adults at random and is not one of those cancers that are easy to treat.
Answered on Dec 27, 2018
Dr. James Urbanic answered
18 years experience Radiation Oncology
An aggressive tumor: This is an aggressive form of thyroid cancer that can come back rapidly and is general treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Answered on Mar 24, 2020
Dr. Hassan Arshad answered
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Very bad cancer: This is a rare form of thyroid cancer with a poor prognosis. If you or someone you know has this diagnosis, he/she should seek help from a head and neck surgeon, a radiation oncologist, and a medical oncologist asap.
Answered on May 30, 2016
32 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
Anaplastic carcinoma: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is the most aggressive and most lethal form of thyroid cancer. It is almost always universally fatal. Chief Justice Renquist died of this shortly after the 2nd inauguration of George W. Bush.
Answered on May 13, 2016
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