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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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Does thyroid cancer cause you to sweat?

Does thyroid cancer cause you to sweat?

Not necessarily: Here is a good review on thyroid cancer symptoms

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/thyroid-cancer/symptoms-and-signs. ...Read more

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2.0cm x 1.5cm hard nontender mass. Right side of neck. Nauseated fatigued night sweats. No thyroid. Could this be cancer? TSH 273.4.

2.0cm x 1.5cm hard nontender mass. Right side of neck. Nauseated fatigued night sweats. No thyroid. Could this be cancer? TSH 273.4.

Get it evaluated: Hopefully, it is no reason for concern, but such a mass should be evaluated by a doctor. Fatigue and night sweats are common symptoms of thyroid disease, as well as lymphoma. A TSH of 273.4 definitely warrants further evaluation and treatment. It is always better to know a diagnosis than to worry about the worse. Knowledge is power, power to take the correct action to take care of your health. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a woman has thyroid cancer?

What does it mean when a woman has thyroid cancer?

Gland in neck cancer: A malignant growth in the gland in the front of the neck. Cancer can spread and the thyroid needs to be removed. Sometimes there is just one or multiple cancers in the whole gland. Lymph nodes and further spread needs to be evaluated and appropriate therapy given. Overall thyroid cancer has high cure rates. ...Read more

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What does 'with vascularity' mean pertaining to thyroid cancer?

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What does 'with vascularity' mean pertaining to thyroid cancer?

It depends.: If the study is referring to a thyroid nodule this can be somewhat more suspicious for thyroid cancer, but a biopsy always has to be done to see whether it is it not. If you already have thyroid cancer and have been treated and there is a lesion in the thyroid bed or elsewhere this is suspicious for recurrence, but once again frequently a biopsy is needed to confirm. ...Read more

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If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

No: Each thyroid nodule only has a apprx 5% chance of cancer. Most of the time, they are just growth and not cancerous. ...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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What to do if I had thyroid cancer 23 years ago and my thyroid was removed but I did not have radiation does this mean it has come back?

What to do if I had thyroid cancer 23 years ago and my thyroid was removed but I did not have radiation does this mean it has come back?

No: thyroid cancer behaves differently at different ages. If one is in the 60's and has a thyroidectomy for cancer, frequently the lesion is locally aggressive invading the larynx and making surgery very difficult. When you had your tumor removed at age 18, even in the face of metastasis to many cervical nodes, resection without radiation is virtually curative. ...Read more

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My tg= 0.2 and tgab= 23 (slightly high) does it mean my tg reading are totally unreliable? (pap thyroid cancer)

My tg= 0.2 and tgab= 23 (slightly high) does it mean my tg reading are totally unreliable? (pap thyroid cancer)

Try not to worry: Papillary thyroid carcinoma is typically very slow growing and there is little risk. The risks are slightly higher as you age. This is hard to answer without knowing more data about your staging and other risk factors. Given the normally slow growth and your age, the chance that this cancer becomes clinically relevant is low. This is dependent on other factors not given. ...Read more

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What does 7mm nodule on thyroid bed jest medial to carotid mean? I had a thyrodectomy 2 years ago for thyroid cancer. Can this be another cancer?

What does 7mm nodule on thyroid bed jest medial to carotid mean? I had a thyrodectomy 2 years ago for thyroid cancer. Can this be another cancer?

Recurrence: This may be an area of residual thyroid tissue or may represent spread to lymph nodes in the central neck region, the most common area for thyroid cancer lymph node metastasis. A serum thyroglobulin may be elevated if this is related to your thyroid cancer and a thyroid cancer may be detectable on I thyroid scan. An ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy can make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the mean time someone lives with stage 4c thyroid cancer?

Can you please tell me the mean time someone lives with stage 4c thyroid cancer?

What type?: Need to know what type of cancer, result of post ablation iodine scan and levels of thyroid tumor marker, your gender. Typical papillary and follicular cancers stage 4 will have a much better prognosis than hurthle cell, anaplastic, tall cell papillary, insular cell follicular cancers, etc. ...Read more

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My TSH level was 0.215 on 12/17/13 and was 0.584 on 5/21/13. I've been taking my meds the same. Could this mean my thyroid cancer has returned?

No, don't worry!: Tsh is not made by thryoid cancer! It's made by your body to stimulate your thyroid to produce hormones. Tsh can stimulate thyroid cancer cells, too, so the medicine you take is to keep your TSH level as low as possible. The fact that your TSH has risen might be a sign that you need to take a higher dose of your medication. This is something you should ask your doctor about! ...Read more

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My blood test showed an elevated level of tg antibodies. Does that mean I have cancerous cells running around? Had papillary thyroid cancer a year ago

Not necessarily.: Having elevated tg antibodies primarily means that the more important tg test itself will be falsely lower than its true value. (no conversion formula exists.)

if your tg antibodies are only 20 or so, with an undetectable tg level, it is hard to know what that means. If your tg antibodies are much higher, then concern for the presence of thyroid cancer would increase. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a high monocytes and low neutrophils absolute count while I am taking Nexavar, (sorafenib) a chemotherapy for advanced thyroid cancer?

What does it mean to have a high monocytes and low neutrophils absolute count while I am taking Nexavar, (sorafenib) a chemotherapy for advanced thyroid cancer?

Effect of chemo: Low neutrophils are expected with chemotherapy agents, as the drugs destroy them (in the process of destroying the cancerous cells.) High monocyte count can be due to an infection or inflammation. Also, as the blood counts recover after a dose of chemo, the monocyte count can also be temporarily improved. Good luck with your cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Positive for thyroid paroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies. What does this mean? Had pap thyroid cancer in 2008 with thyroidectomy

Positive for thyroid paroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies. What does this mean? Had pap thyroid cancer in 2008 with thyroidectomy

Immunity to thyroid: The thyroid makes thyroglobulin (tg) and thyroid peroxidase (tpo). Even though you had your thyroid removed, your body's immune system sees tg and tpo as foreign and has made antibodies to them. This means that following your tg as a way to monitor your thyroid cancer might be unreliable. It could also mean you have thyroid tissue that is still present in your body. Ask your endocrinologist! ...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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What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

Question for your Dr: Whoever ordered the CT scan (primary doctor / oncologist) should interpret the scan report for you - it's important to follow-up after test. Asymmetric thickening means that one wall / side of the colon in these parts (the 1st part) is thicker than the other wall. The lymph nodes on either side of this thickened colon are enlarged. These are non-specific. A recurrence is poss, but a biopsy needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean I had thyroid cancer and I had a thyroidectomy had radiation therapy was diagnosed with hashimoto thyroiditis now I have 2cm growth?

What does it mean I had thyroid cancer and I had a thyroidectomy had radiation therapy was diagnosed with hashimoto thyroiditis now I have 2cm growth?

Biopsy: If you have hashimoto's thyroiditis, then your thyroglobulin antibodies are elevated making it harder to use thyroglobulin to monitor for thyroid cancer recurrent. With a new growth, you will need a biopsy to make sure the cancer is not coming back. At this point, you should have an endocrinologist, a surgeon and possibly a radiation oncologist on your team. Good luck. ...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


Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more