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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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

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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If your T4 is high..Can you still get thyroid cancer?

T4 and cancer: Thyroid cancer is entirely independent of thyroid function. High T4 is unrelated to cancer. In patients with thyroid cancer who have had thyroidectomy (removal of thyroid), thyroglobulin (but not t4) may be used as a serum marker of residual/recurrent disease. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Am I at a high risk too?

My sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Am I at a high risk too?

Slightly higher risk: So if you have a first degree relative with thyroid cancer, you do have a slightly higher risk than the general population. In general it is recommended to have a thyroid ultrasound done to check for nodules. If any nodule is over 1 cm or has calcifications, it should be biopsied. ...Read more

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If have thyroid cancer and my thyroglobulin continues to be high, should I see a cancer specialist?

If have thyroid cancer and my thyroglobulin continues to be high, should I see a cancer specialist?

Yes: If you have thyroid cancer, you should already have an endocrinologist and a thyroid surgeon on your team (and possibly a radiation oncologist also). They should work together to find the source of the elevated thyroglobulin. You might need radioactive iodine or repeat surgery. Good luck. ...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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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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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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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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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


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more