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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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What are the most common causes of thyroid cancer?

What are the most common causes of thyroid cancer?

Mostly unknown: The cause of thyroid cancer is not known in most cases. Exposure to x-rays in childhood, and genetic defects are seen in a minority of the cases. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/thyroid-cancer/ds00492. ...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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Can thyroid cancer be caused from asbestos?

Can thyroid cancer be caused from asbestos?

No: Thyroid tumors are associated with a stimulatory factor arising in the pituitary. Asbestos causes problems when the dust arising from the handling of asbestos gets into the respiratory tract. Under this situation many so exposed develop mesothelisoma of the lining of the lung totally unassociated with thyroid cancer which can also arise in early age from exposure of to H&N radiation. ...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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Can sweet n low cause thyroid cancer?

No.: Sweet 'n' low, which is made from saccharin, has never been shown to cause thyroid cancer, in man or in animals. There was some concern in the past that it can cause another type of cancer at very high doses in animal studies, but this was apparently disproven in primates and in fact saccharin has been removed as a potential carcinogen in several government lists. ...Read more

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What are the causes of thyroid cancer?

What are the causes of thyroid cancer?

No Simple Answer: It is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, both of which are not well understood at this time. In most patients, we do not know why they developed thyroid cancer. In occasional cases, the cause can be traced back to something specific (i.e. Prior exposure to radiation therapy to the neck or to other sources of radiation). ...Read more

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Are there environmental factors that can cause thyroid cancer?

Are there environmental factors that can cause thyroid cancer?

Typical one...: Exposure to radiation-- XRT for other cancers, Chernobyl folks ...Read more

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Can asbestos exposure cause thyroid cancer?

Can asbestos exposure cause thyroid cancer?

Mesothelioma (lung): No doubt. Asbestos exposure - especially long term - causes mesothelioma. It is not safe and harms health in many ways, but there is no established connection to any of the thyroid cancers. Here's a related link: http://scottieleemeyers. Com/2012/01/05/post-office-employees-battle-thyroid-cancer/
best wishes for your health. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer cause a productive cough?

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Does thyroid cancer cause a productive cough?

Not usually.: Thyroid cancer grows outside of the windpipe and therefore almost never causes a productive cough. However, in the extremely rare event that it invades the windpipe this could result in a productive, possibly bloood tinged cough. Other possible causes of a cough could be if the cancer invades the nerve to the vocal cord which helps protect from aspiration. ...Read more

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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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Can victoza (liraglutide) cause thyroid cancer?

Can victoza (liraglutide) cause thyroid cancer?

Not in humans: Hi. In rodents, Victoza (liraglutide) (and all GLP-1 receptor agonists) can cause C-cell hyperplasia and MEDULLARY thyroid cancer (MTC), NOT regular thyroid cancer (papillary or follicular); ergo the black box warning. MTC is a VERY rare form of thyroid cancer seen in a few genetic syndromes and vanishingly rarely sporadically outside of those syndromes. In humans, there are no data the GLP-1's do that. ...Read more

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Is it possible that invega (paliperidone) cause thyroid cancer?

Is it possible that invega (paliperidone) cause thyroid cancer?

I'd be very shocked: Ask the doctor who prescribed it to take some time to explain & discuss the side effects possible. One possible side effect is swelling in the throat and I suppose you might be interpreting such an effect as thyroid. It is probably not, but ask and if necessary, they can run lab tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer cause hyperthyroidism?

Unusual: Most thyroid cancers do not produce excess thyroid hormone. Very rarely, a single nodule can produce excess hormone and be cancerous, but those are very unusual. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer cause weight gain?

Does thyroid cancer cause weight gain?

No.: Thyroid cancer does not cause weight gain. Sometimes the thyroid is not working and someone has thyroid cancer at the same time but they are separate issues. ...Read more

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Can cell phone radiation cause thyroid cancer?

Can cell phone radiation cause thyroid cancer?

No: There has not been any proof of electromagnetic waves given off of cell phones cause any type of cancer. The cancer most debated is brain cancer and no statistical cause is yet identified. ...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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Does thyroid cancer cause blood in stool?

Does thyroid cancer cause blood in stool?

No: This is not something routinely seen with thyroid cancer. It's somewhat possible that this could happen if the cancer had spread to involve the GI tract but this isn't a common occurance either. ...Read more

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Will a drug like invega (paliperidone) or seroquel cause thyroid cancer?

No: This doesn't make sense biologically and no one has noted a trend or association. Both medications have a good safety profile and are widely used; thyroid cancer is fairly common as well and chances are this is a coincidence. ...Read more

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How can thyroid cancer cause wheezing? I read somewhere about it and I'm confused. I thought wheezing comes from the lungs.

Compressed trachea: In the late stages, before it actually strangles you, a neglected or inoperable thyroid cancer will cause narrowing of the trachea (windpipe). You'll hear the breathing sounds through the narrowed tube and if someone wishes to call this wheezing, it's just a minor error. If you have any concerns that you have thyroid cancer, please get seen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Jugular lymph node enlargement up to 2.6cm, post TT/thyroid cancer 2012, RAI scan clear, thyroid bed clear, not sick, what's the cause?

Enlarged neck node: A large neck node with a prior history of thyroid cancer is worrisome. See an ENT doctor and start with a fine needle aspiration of the enlarged node is my recommendation. ...Read more

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In July my THS was 1.54, in August 0.14 on dosage of 137 mcg Synthroid (thyroxine).T4 free 37pmol/L Thyroid cancer No RAI I dont'n know what cause this big change?

Actually: In the "low" TSH "range" there is not a lot of difference in those values. You indicate that thyroid medication is being given for a thyroid cancer of some kind and that RAI has not been given. I therefore "assume that your Physician (? Endocrinologist) is trying to SURPRESS your TSH (thus the 0.14 is BETTER than the 1.54 readings!!
SO IT'S NOT REALLY A "BIG CHANGE " and in fact is BETTER.!!!
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I was very over stimulated on IVF drugs, and oestrogen through the roof. Could this have caused my thyroid cancer? Lump appeared after ivf.

No: High estrogen levels do not cause thyroid cancer. Although the 2events happened at around the same time, one didn't cause the other. Good luck with your treatment. ...Read more

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What causes TSH fluctuations? Sometimes its normal and sometimes its high (7 or 4.5). My mom had thyroid cancer in her 30s. I also have anxiety.

What causes TSH fluctuations? Sometimes its normal and sometimes its high (7 or 4.5). My mom had thyroid cancer in her 30s. I also have anxiety.

? early hypothyroid: Both the laboratory tests and the human body have some variability. People do not generally have symptoms of hypothyroidism unless the TSH is above 10, so numbers that vary between 4.5 and 7 may indicate pre-clinical hypothyroidism or normal variation. Younger people tend to have TSH values more like 2, and values like 5-7 are normal in elderly. Your labs doNOT indicate Cancer, nor rule it out ...Read more

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Had 2 CT head scans without contrast in 2 months. 29 yo. Could this cause thyroid cancer? Is thyroid exposed during scan? Tech said no. Beg to differ.

Had 2 CT head scans without contrast in 2 months. 29 yo. Could this cause thyroid cancer? Is thyroid exposed during scan? Tech said no. Beg to differ.

No worries: A couple of head CT scans does not cause brain cancer, eye cancer, nose cancer, throat cancer, ear cancer, neck cancer, thyroid cancer, or any other cancer. No worries. That said, a head CT is sometimes used to look for a cancer tumor. That means although a head CT does not cause cancer, the scan can cause you to find the cancer you were looking for, if you were suspecting and looking for a tumor. ...Read more

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Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

Unlikely: Thyroid cancers are not rare. All lasers used on people have to be approved by the fda to be safe in regards to radiation exposure. ...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. Andrew Berry
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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