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Doctor insights on: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Survivors

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Can you tell me about any thyroid cancer survivors with full body scan experience?

Can you tell me about any thyroid cancer survivors with full body scan experience?

Common: Most people who have had thyroid cancer are "survivors", since it is very uncommon to die of thyroid cancer. Full body scans are typically done to see if there is any evidence for thyroid cancer elsewhere in the body. You need to be on a low iodine diet for 2 weeks beforehand, and typically it is done after receiving thyrogen for 2 days. ...Read more

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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Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that i'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that i'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Maybe: There is definitely a genetic component to gallbladder disease, but it is still not possible to know who will actually need their gallbladder removed or not. In general, even those with gallstones only have removal of the gallbladder if they have symptoms that are likely caused from the gallbladder. Typically right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back, worse 30-60' after a fatty meal. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is anaplastic thyroid cancer?

What is anaplastic thyroid cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Can papillary or follicular thyroid cancer spread quickly? Or is the only fast spreading thyroid cancer anaplastic?

Can papillary or follicular thyroid cancer spread quickly? Or is the only fast spreading thyroid cancer anaplastic?

Please see below: Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are referred to as differentiated thyroid cancer, which means that the cancer cells look and act in some respects like normal thyroid cells. Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers account for more than 90% of all thyroid cancers. They tend to grow very slowly. ...Read more

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How is anaplastic thyroid cancer ruled out? In particular distinguished from suspected papillary carcinoma? Is it possible confusion between the two?

Anaplastic thyroid: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is suspected because of a rapidly growing thyroid mass. Usually patients present and it is obvious. You start with an fna but may need to do an open biopsy as part of a planned thyroid surgery and get a frozen section result or stop and defer to permanent pathology. The primary differential of this us lymphoma of the thyroid. ...Read more

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How would care for someone at home with anaplastic thyroid cancer?

Wow: This is certainly a question you need to discuss with your surgeons and endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can anaplastic thyroid cancer be found on ultrasound? Is the nodule or appaerance solid, cystic or both. Would the radiologist be able to tell?

Tissue diagnosis: A diagnosis of anaplastic thyroid cancer would require removing part or whole of the lesion/nodule and examination by a pathologist. Radiology has not progressed enough in resolution to make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it safe for breast cancer survivor to use victoza (liraglutide) for diabetes because the drug has thyroid cancer risk? I am worried.

Is it safe for breast cancer survivor to use victoza (liraglutide) for diabetes because the drug has thyroid cancer risk? I am worried.

Go ahead: The stuff causes overgrowth of c-cells in the thyroid in rodents, but the risk for humans is probably negligible / primarily in the minds of the lawyers. Nobody's got even a theoretical risk to breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer be treated?

Can thyroid cancer be treated?

Absolutely: Typical thyroid cancer in women less than 50 has about a 98% survival rate. Although there are occasional very aggressive thyroid cancers (mostly in older men), most thyroid cancer is easily treated. Make sure you find an experienced thyroid surgeon. Try the american association of endoctine surgeons website. ...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


Anaplastic (Definition)

This largely relates to cancer cells and is a description of how variant the structure and division pattern is from normal cells. An anaplastic cells has weird internal componens, sometimes extra nuclei, and a bizarre pattern of division. They are usually more rapidly dividing and are a serious type of abnormality ...Read more