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Is it dangerous for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
No : Thyroid cancer generally does not affect immune system but if you are on certain medications such as immunosuppressants, then it's best that you check with your doctor.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Not usually: Unless there's something else going on, like immunosuppression or obstructed breathing, the run-of-the-mill, every day type of cold should not be life threatening to a patient with thyroid cancer.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How risky is it for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
It's not: Now, if a patient had the horrible anaplastic thyroid cancer, and was undergoing some active treatment, then, of course, any illness would be a detriment. Papillary or follicular thyroid cancers are well managed in most patients, and the common cold would not particularly affect the patient, any more than the general population. Good luck.

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