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Doctor insights on: Can Hypothyroidism Turn Into Thyroid Cancer

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Will I get thyroid cancer if I have hypothyroidism?

Will I get thyroid cancer if I have hypothyroidism?

Very unlikely: If you are hypothyroid, the chance of thyroid cancer is very low. If there is not thyroid mass/lump, then don't worry about it. ...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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I have hypothyroidism - does that mean I'm more likely to get thyroid cancer?

I have hypothyroidism - does that mean I'm more likely to get thyroid cancer?

If your hypothyroid: Condition is treated, it tends to diminish the stimulating hormone that makes thyroid tissue grow (tsh). Most throid cancers start as nodules, cold > hot, and hormonal activity of the gland is not related to malignancy potential. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism. Does that mean I will be more prone to thyroid cancer?

I have hypothyroidism. Does that mean I will be more prone to thyroid cancer?

NOT NECESSARILY: Hypothyroidism itself may not put one more prone to thyroid ca but that does not mean that an individual with hypo- thyroidism will never get a thyroid ca at all because one does not know what other factors (genetic, environmental, dietary, immunity etc.) will play role in developing that thyroid ca. On the other hand, hyperthyroidism, when teated with i-131 may put one more prone to thyroid ca. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer cause hypothyroid symptoms?

Can thyroid cancer cause hypothyroid symptoms?

Yes and No.: Thyroid Cancer itself does not cause hypothyroidism or symptoms of hypothyroidism. Most people with thyroid cancer will have NO symptoms at all; some may have a lump in the lower neck, trouble swallowing, or hoarseness. Treatment for thyroid cancer (surgery to remove the thyroid) will cause hypothyroidism, but with proper treatment, there should be no symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a thyroglobulin antibody test taken and the results were 320. What does this mean? Should I be concerned about lupus, hashimoto's disease or thyroid cancer? I have been diagnosed with hypothyroid and the medicine I have been taking in addition to ve

I had a thyroglobulin antibody test taken and the results were 320. What does this mean? Should I be concerned about lupus, hashimoto's disease or thyroid cancer? I have been diagnosed with hypothyroid and the medicine I have been taking in addition to ve

Hashimoto's you have: You had become hypothyroid because you have hashimoto's thyroiditis, which was confirmed by the elevated thyroglobulin activity. You should not worry about lupus, or other conditions such as cancer. The strongest association with hashimoto's and another autoimmune problem is psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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I am 34 and wondering if I might have thyroid cancer... I am 34 and have had hypothroidism for most of my life and taking synthroid. A few months back I had a check up and my TSH went up to 7 doc increased dose 4 weeks later TSH level still at 7 dose incr

I am 34 and wondering if I might have thyroid cancer... I am 34 and have had hypothroidism for most of my life and taking synthroid. A few months back I had a check up and my TSH went up to 7 doc increased dose 4 weeks later TSH level still at 7 dose incr

Thyroid: The changes in your TSH is not an indication of thyroid cancer. One reason may be erratic absorption. Be sure to take your medication with an empty stomach. No food or coffee for 30 min. No calcium or iron for 2-3 hr. ...Read more

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My dad 70 years had high TSH 54, low T4 0.4 and enlarged thyroid for 4 years. He has taken eltroxin since then. Can this turn into thyroid cancer?

My dad 70 years had high TSH 54, low T4 0.4 and enlarged thyroid for 4 years. He has taken eltroxin since then. Can this turn into thyroid cancer?

Unlikely: Goiters due to hypothyroid conditions are benign and should settle down once replacement thyroxine has been used to control the problem. Cancer is rarely a concern in this situation, yet if the thyroid enlargement is substantial then you should consult an ENT doctor who deals with thyroid enlargements (or seek an endocrinologist 's opinion).
Good luck. ...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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How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

FNA or surgery: The best way to diagnose thyroid cancer is in surgery. The surgical specimen give you the most tissue to look at. It can also give you a "gross" view of whether the nodule had spread through the thyroid capsule (an indication of cancer). That being said, most patients don't jump to surgery right away. In that case, an ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration is often perform to eval cancer. ...Read more

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Can you die from thyroid cancer?

Can you die from thyroid cancer?

Yes, but: Yes but the overwhelming majority of thyroid cancers (are papillary thyroid cancer) which has very good 20 year survival rate and are not really life threatening if they are treated appropriately (even if they spread to the lymh nodes). These patients often die from other causes. There are4 types of thyroid cancer fortunately the most aggressive and life threatening type is also the least common. ...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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What are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

What are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

Variable: Early cancer may be asymptomatic. Common symptoms include, mass in the neck over the trachea, lateral mass due to metastases in the lymph nodes of the neck. Metastases to other organs, e.g., lung and bone may be the first symptoms. If the cancer produces hormone, anxiety, nervousness, high pulse rate, heat intolerance, weight loss etc due to hyperthyroid state may be the presenting feature. ...Read more

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What is the cause of thyroid cancer?

What is the cause of thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer: The Mayo Clinic "www. Mayoclinic. Com" begins with the statement

"It's not clear what causes thyroid cancer".

That said, it is worth reading the on-line information. ...Read more

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What kind of thyroid cancer do I have?

Depends: There are 4 types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular/hurthle cell, medullary and anaplastic. Papillary is most common (75% of all thyroid cancer) so if you have thyroid cancer, this's probably what you have. Anaplastic is very aggressive and is deadly, so you most likely do not have this one. The only way to know is through a thyroid biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer?

What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer?

None early on...: Thyroid cancer typically doesn't cause any signs or symptoms early in the disease. As thyroid cancers grow, they may cause a number of symptoms including: a lump that can be felt through the skin in the neck, changes in a person's voice (including increasing hoarseness), difficulty swallowing, pain in the neck / throat, and possibly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have thyroid cancer?

How to determine if I have thyroid cancer?

Imaging can help...: Do you have a thyroid nodule? Ultrasound can help characterize a thyroid nodule. Characteristics such as calcification can shed more light on the situation. Nuclear medicine thyroid scan can also be helpful. If imaging is suspicious, biopsy is recommended. ...Read more

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Could I have have thyroid cancer at age 15?

Could I have have thyroid cancer at age 15?

Yes: Thyroid cancers occur at all ages. If there is a family history of thyroid cancer speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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How many types of thyroid cancer are there?

3 categories: Thyroid cancer is divided into 3 categories:well-differentiated types which includes papillary, follicular and hurthle cell carcinoma subtypes, poorly differentiated types and anaplastic carcinoma. For more information you can go to my website at http://www. Cvsurgicalgroup. Com/services/thyroid-surgery/thyroid-cancer-surgery/. ...Read more

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What are the different types of thyroid cancer?

What are the different types of thyroid cancer?

4 types: Papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic
both papillary and follicular cancers are typically treated with complete removal of the lobe of the thyroid that harbors the cancer, in addition to the removal of most or all of the other side. Medullary cancer of the thyroid is significantly less common, but has a worse prognosis. Thyroid cancer anaplastic has a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are all the signs of thyroid cancer?

Nothing specific.: Generally, people feel normal when they have thyroid cancer. That is the main reason that it can be hard to discover. Your physician should feel your thyroid during a routine physical examination. If he/she feels anything unusual, an ultrasound would be the most common next test. ...Read more

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What are thyroid cancer symptoms?

Often none: Thyroid cancer rarely has symptoms, it is usually identified incidentally as a lump in the center of your neck, either discovered by the patient or physician. ...Read more

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What is the cure for thyroid cancer?

Surgery then I-131: The first step is to have a thyroidectomy (ie, have a surgeon take it out). If the tumor is very small, you may be done at that point. If it is not small, most people will opt to have radioactive iodine (i-131) treatment after surgery. That is by far the most common 1-2 punch for thyroid cancer, and it generally works quite well. ...Read more

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Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Thyroid cancer: There usually is a painless lump the thyroid located at front of your neck and the base. If the tumor is invasive, there may be a change in voice from a vocal cord paralysis. ...Read more

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What are the steps for a papillary thyroid cancer reoccurance?

Usually surgery: Recurrence in the neck is common and is usually treated with surgery (and sometimes radioiodine). These operations are complex and injury to the recurrent nerve or parathyroids are more common. Seek out an expert! Good imaging (ultrasound and sometimes ct and mri) is vital to planning the reoperation. ...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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Is thyroid cancer genetic?

Is thyroid cancer genetic?

Perhaps: Known genetic mutations are seen in thyroid cancers:
braf in papillary; kras in follicular; ret gene (usually point mutation) involving 10q11.2 in medullary carcinoma; p53 in undifferentiated carcinoma. However, "inherited" types of thyroid carcinoma are much less common - although medullary carcinoma is the most common type. ...Read more

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Is nausea linked to thyroid cancer?

Is nausea linked to thyroid cancer?

Nausea: There are many causes for nausea but it would be unusual for thyroid cancer to cause it ...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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What is the treatment of thyroid cancer?  

Surgery: Thyroid cancer is treated surgically by removal of all the thyroid or a portion of the thyroid. After surgery, patients at higher risk of recurrence or with more aggressive cancers may be treated with radioactive iodine. Rarely, external radiation or chemotherapy is added in very severe cases. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that presents 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. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more