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Can I have a baby after treatment for thyroid cancer?

Can I have a baby after treatment for thyroid cancer?

Likely: It depends on the type, stage of cancer, treatment given, your age and general health. In general there is no medical reason that you could not get pregnant because you had thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are possible side effects of treatments for thyroid cancer?

What are possible side effects of treatments for thyroid cancer?

Surgery or I 131: Thyroid cancer is usually treated with surgery then radioactive iodine. Complications of surgery are uncommon but include risks of infection, bleeding, hoarseness, and low calcium . Complications from iodine therapy are also rare and include dry mouth, aches and pains, and others. All these problems are relatively uncommon: discuss with your md's. ...Read more

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I had a hemithyroidectomy in 2010. I had a 3.5cm thyroid module. The diagnosis was minimally invasive thyroid cancer. Is no further treatment ok?

I had a hemithyroidectomy in 2010. I had a 3.5cm thyroid module. The diagnosis was minimally invasive thyroid cancer. Is no further treatment ok?

Possibly: Actually, standard of care in cancer cases, with the exception of some papillary thyroid microcarcinomas, is completion thyroidectomy, removing the other lobe. For minimally invasive ftc, which you had, removing the rest of the gland is not due to the likeliness of residual tumor, but for assuring no additional thyroglobulin production, serum levels of which are used to screen for recurrence. ...Read more

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I have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? What do I do?

I have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? What do I do?

Just chill: I think this is mostly done out of fear of tort liability. Folks are scared of radiation - and rightly so, but I don't think you're really a danger to anyone. Congratulations on having your disease diagnosed and effectively treated. Best wishes for a happy and cancer-free future ...Read more

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If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?

If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?

Some cancers: Some cancers of the thyroid are functional and concentrate iodine. Such cancers are susceptible to treatment with radioactive iodine. The tumors that do not concentrate iodine would not be suitable for radio iodine treatment. ...Read more

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I had complete thyroidectomy. Biopsis said it was cancerous. Medullary thyroid cancer. Radiologist said all looked fine. Do I have cancer? Do i need t

I had complete thyroidectomy. Biopsis said it was cancerous. Medullary thyroid cancer. Radiologist said all looked fine. Do I have cancer? Do i need t

Biopsy diagnostic: Your biopsy has your correct diagnosis. Biopsy enables pathologist to look at exact tissues under microscope to describe your specific cancer diagnosis. Radiologist is looking at imaging studies. You DID have cancer before your thyroid was removed. Please discuss your status with your surgeon and oncologist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What determines if i need rai treatment after thyroidectomy? I have two nodules which are pappilary thyroid cancer.

What determines if i need rai treatment after thyroidectomy? I have two nodules which are pappilary thyroid cancer.

Depends: Most of the time after thyroidectomy recurrences are treated with rai , but not always younger people surical removal is preferred choice , you have to discuss with your oncology team which is the best method for that particular person. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment after thyroid cancer?

What is the best treatment after thyroid cancer?

Depends entirely: upon the type of thyroid cancer and extent of previous treatment. Assuming that it is papillary cancer, the most common type, and that you already had surgery and radiation, the most common form of treatment, you need to be on thyroid replacement meds. You should also get an imaging study to make sure that all of the cancer has been removed. Talk to your doctor about proper follow up. ...Read more

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How will treatment for thyroid cancer affect my normal activities?

Depends on treatment: Thyroidectomy is the first treatment. There can be low calcium levels and thyroid level that have symptoms but can be replaced by pills. If the cancer is small then no other therapy. Others may need radioactive iodine and there will be radiation rules to follow and avoid exposure to others. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Thyroid cancer arises in the thyroid gland. It usually presents as a painless thyroid nodule. Most are papillary-follicular type and have a very good prognosis. Less common are medullary cancers, with an intermediate prognosis. Anaplastic cancers of the thyroid have a poor prognosis and are uncommon. Treatment of thyroid cancers involves removal ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more