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Doctor insights on: Can Hypothyroidism Turn Into Thyroid Cancer

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Dr. Philip Kern Dr. Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
39 years in practice
New York Medical College
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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.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI Dr. CHAUDHURI
Nuclear Medicine
51 years in practice
University of Calcutta, N. R. S. Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Susan Wingo Dr. Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
29 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Stephanie Lee Dr. Lee
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Richard Orr Dr. Orr
Surgery - Oncology
40 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Farhad Sigari Dr. Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. James Urbanic Dr. Urbanic
Radiation Oncology
14 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Charles Sturgis Dr. Sturgis
Pathology
25 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer Dr. Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
14 years in practice
University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. David Geffner Dr. Geffner
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
50 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Alen Cohen Dr. Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
10 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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/.

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Dr. Vasu Brown Dr. Brown
Wound care
30 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chengalpattu Medical College
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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.

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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