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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Thyroid Cancer

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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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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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I'm doing a project for school and I am trying to find out treatments for thyroid cancer.Is there any standard procedures?

I'm doing a project for school and I am trying to find out treatments for thyroid cancer.Is there any standard procedures?

Guidelines: You might want to read the guidelines from respectable organizations. Here is one from the american association of clinical endocrinologists. It can get very complicated but in general: surgery +/- radioactive iodine, then surveillance and repeat surgery or repeat radioactive iodine as needed, https://www.Aace.Com/files/thyroid-carcinoma.Pdf. ...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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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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What are the treatments for metastatic thyroid cancer?

There are several: More surgery might be an option if the cancer has spread in the neck or to just one other spot. Radioactive iodine may be able to treat many smaller metastatic areas. If these are not good options, some centers are using newer chemotherapy agents such as sorafanib (nexavar). A team with an endocrinologist and an oncologist would be helpful. ...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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The dartmouth study on papillary thyroid cancer seemed to imply that a watch and wait approach may be appropriate vs.A tt or other treatment. Is it too risky?

The dartmouth study on papillary thyroid cancer seemed to imply that a watch and wait approach may be appropriate vs.A tt or other treatment. Is it too risky?

Not recommended: Even though papillary thyroid cancer is non-aggressive, it can kill you. It's after all a cancer. Thyroid surgery is now safer, especially in the hand of an experienced surgeon. The risk is much less than leaving a cancer in for a watch and wait aproach. Worst thing to do is to wait 10 yrs until you are now older with more medical problems and now have to go for surgery. ...Read more

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Best treatment for thyroid cancer? Is it better to just take out the side of the thyroid with the cancer or get rid of the whole thing? If you keep part of your thyroid, could that get cancer later? If i get rid of the whole thing, which is better: radioa

Hemithyroidectomy: If the cancer can be removed by "hemi"thyroidectomy, go for it. The likelihood of getting a thyroid cancer in the remnant is low, and without a thyorid you will betaking pills the rest of your life. As for getting rid of the whole thing, surgery is probably a bit better than radioablation, although if radioablation fails you can always do surgery later. We can predict how well RA will work. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer treatments?

Thyroid cancer treatments?

Surgery: Surgery is needed, followed by thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on how big, what type and whether or not it had spread (lymph nodes involvement), you might also need 1 dose of radioactive iodine. Good luck. Make sure you have a good surgeon and an endocrinologist on your team. ...Read more

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What is treatment for thyroid cancer?

What is treatment for thyroid cancer?

Surgery: A surgery named total thyroidectomy is the mainstay of therapy for thyroid cancer. This may be done with or without a central neck dissection depending on your particular surgeon's prefrences and how aggressive your particular thyroid cancer may be. After surgery depending on multiple factors you may or may not receive radioactive iodine ablation. ...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. Thomas Fiala
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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