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A 51-year-old female asked:

What type of chemo is used to treat thyroid cancer and if you had breast cancer and a sarcoma ?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Which thyroid ca: It depends on the type of thyroid ca. A well differentiated thyroid ca ( papillary, folicular ) is sensitive to radio-iodine therapy and other therapies will be reserved later on. For medullary thyrod ca- there are 2 options available. Chemo or tki used in anaplastic.Discuss further with your oncologist.One thing to consider-you should see a genetician to r/o familial ca syndr like li-fraumeni etc.
Dr. Alan Feldman
42 years experience
None usually: The most common thyroid cancers such as papillary and follicular are treated with surgery followed by radioactive iodine. There are no chemotherapy agents that have been found to be effective for these thyroid cancers. One would consider being in a chemotherapy study if you had metastatic thyroid cancer that was not responding to radioactive iodine.

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Last updated Mar 2, 2013

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