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Doctor insights on: Dangers Of Low Calcium Levels After Thyroid Cancer Surgery

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Mom has just been told she has primary carcinoma thyroid cancer. Surgery?

Mom has just been told she has primary carcinoma thyroid cancer. Surgery?

Yes: The treatment is to remove the thyroid cancer by removing the thyroid gland and to evaluate and resect the lymph nodes adjacent to the thyroid by a head and neck surgeon specialized in head and neck cancer. Sometimes, other treatment will be needed following the surgery. That will depend on the pathology and the stage of the cancer. Discuss in detail with your doctor. ...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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Anaplastic thyroid cancer, surgery made but before treatment he got pneumonia lung? What is the case now? Should start treatment or its the end?

Anaplastic thyroid cancer, surgery made but before treatment he got pneumonia lung? What is the case now? Should start treatment or its the end?

Autonomy rules: Surgery is almost never curative but can help locally. There have been some responses by anaplastic cancer of the thyroid to chemotherapy that may give a year or two of good-quality life. If the patient feels strong enough and wants to try it, then it's his choice. If not, it is always possible to make a person with incurable cancer comfortable. ...Read more

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I just had thyroid cancer surgery and i need a antiflamorty for my ear cause i grind my teeth and my ear hurts. When can I take this for my ear?

I just had thyroid cancer surgery and i need a antiflamorty for my ear cause i grind my teeth and my ear hurts. When can I take this for my ear?

Ear pain: Pain in or near your ear which is caused by grinding your teeth (bruxism) will not be helped by taking anti- inflammatory medication. Talk to your surgeon and/or an ENT specialist to see if the pain in related to your surgery or possibly an ear infection. If medical causes are ruled out, see your dentist to treat your bruxism. ...Read more

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How do I like she confirm thyroid cancer cancer not spread (staging info) before surgery? Http://www.Bbc.Co.Uk/news/world-latin-america-16342

Staging: Staging typically involves the use of imaging and surgery. We use the tools of physical exam, ct scans, mri's, bone scans, and now pet scans to determine if a cancer has spread beyond the originating organ. During surgery, lymph nodes are often dissected out and put under a microscope to see if tumor cells have moved into them, a sign that a cancer has metastasized. ...Read more

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Past thyroid cancer, now years later I have abnormal blood calcium, what to do?

Past thyroid cancer, now years later I have abnormal blood calcium, what to do?

Parathyroids: Presumably, your thyroid cancer treatment involved surgery and radioactive iodine. Usually, this preserves the parathyoid glands, but sometimes they can get damaged. Parathyroids make PTH which maintains blood Ca. If PTH is low, your blood Ca will fall, and cause a number of symptoms. For starters, get an ionized Ca and PTH. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I had thyroid cancer in the past. Now years later I have abnormal blood calcium. Could these be related?

I had thyroid cancer in the past. Now years later I have abnormal blood calcium. Could these be related?

Some relationship: Calcium metabolism is controlled vial the parathyroid glands. There are 4 such glands, 2 on top of the thyroid and 2 at the lower pole. When a total thyroidectomy is performed for Ca some of the glands may be injured and the Ca++ levels drop. If the remaining glands grow post op they produce excess hormone then the level of serum Ca++ becomes elevated. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules always thyroid cancer? I have a thyroid nodule and my levels of some thyroid hormone are low. My doctor wants to do more tests, but i don’t really understand what he said. Do I have cancer, or could it be something else?

Over : Over 95% of thyroid nodules are benign. Therefore the risk of cancer is low, but can be increased in younger or older people, people with a family history of thyroid cancer, or people who have been exposed to radiation (x-rays do not count). Sometimes benign thyroid nodules can secrete extra thyroid hormone, more than your body needs. If your doctor is suspicious of this, they will order a nuclear study called a thyroid uptake and scan. If a nodule is over a centimeter, that is when we usually will perform a fine needle aspiration to get a sample of cells in the nodule. If nodules are under a centimeter and there is no evidence of over activity, we can simply monitor with serial ultrasounds. ...Read more

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High TSH levels after thyroid cancer.Been on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 3 yrs and has been fine now all the sudden levels out of wack and lump in neck ?

High TSH levels after thyroid cancer.Been on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 3 yrs and has been fine now all the sudden levels out of wack and lump in neck ?

See endocrinologist: Go back to your endocrinologistt or thyroid surgeon. Elevated TSH suggests that you need thyroid replacement meds increased. New lumps may or may not be significant. A good physical examination and ultrasound should be able to help here and a fine needle aspiration may be warranted. Thyroid cancer frequently recurs in lymph nodes and is very curable. ...Read more

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What can cause TSH levels to rise when taking the same dose of medication for months, with a history of thyroid cancer and no thyroid?

What can cause TSH levels to rise when taking the same dose of medication for months, with a history of thyroid cancer and no thyroid?

Might need more: Tsh is made by your body to stimulate your thyroid to produce hormones. Tsh stimulates thyroid cancer, 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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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


Hypocalcemia (Definition)

Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more