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Do papillary and follicular thyroid cancers secrete thyroglobulin?

Do papillary and follicular thyroid cancers secrete thyroglobulin?

Yes: All cells of thyroid origin secrete thyroglobulin. Measuring it to follow a cancer ONLY makes since if the whole thyroid has been removed. If you have anti thyroglobulin antibodies, that makes thyroglobulin measurements unreliable. However, rising or decreasing anti thyroglobulin antibodies can be a proxy for thyroglobulin measurements. ...Read more

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Is follicular thyroid carcinoma treatable?

Is follicular thyroid carcinoma treatable?

Very treatable: Surgical resection always needed but depending on size of lesion, proximity to isthmus and whether nodes seen on scan procedure of choice decided on. Under 30 years of age lesion very curable even in face of nodes. Over 50 I find surgery may be difficult because of invasion occasionally into larynx and carotid artery. If surgery effective may need p.o. RT. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule of the right lobe. Fna indicated follicular lesion-also hypothyroid, family history of malignant thyroid nodules. Options?

Thyroid nodule of the right lobe. Fna indicated follicular lesion-also hypothyroid, family history of malignant thyroid nodules. Options?

Surgery or...: A repeat biopsy combined with an afirma assay test may give you somewhat better guidance, but with your history and risk factors, surgery may be the best option. By the way, why are you taking generic T4 an Armour Thyroid together? There is no way to monitor the dosage properly as the lab tests will be unreliable. Brand name T4 is better, safer and more reliable. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer treatments?

Thyroid cancer treatments?

Surgery: Surgery is needed, followed by thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on how big, what type and whether or not it had spread (lymph nodes involvement), you might also need 1 dose of radioactive iodine. Good luck. Make sure you have a good surgeon and an endocrinologist on your team. ...Read more

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Cana follicular thyroid lesion turn malignant?

Cana follicular thyroid lesion turn malignant?

Follicular cancer: Follicular thyroid cancer the second most common cancer, after papillary. A thyroid nodule over 2.0 cm, positive/suspicious fna or symptoms are indications for thyroid lobe resection. Final pathology is often where a cancer diagnosis is made. Follicular thyroid cancer is treatable and has a good prognosis. So yes, it can turn into cancer, you need to be monitored closely. Okay to see surgeon. ...Read more

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What medications treat follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

What medications treat follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

None: Medications are not used to treat follicular thyroid nodules. Usually they are observed only or removed surgically. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can follicular adenoma thyroid nodules be serious?

Can  follicular adenoma thyroid nodules be serious?

Yes.: A follicular adenoma may be a wolf in sheep's clothing, because cells from follicular adenomas and follicular carcinomas can look the same. Other follicular adenomas may have almost no chance of being cancers, but overproduce thyroid hormone, and need treatment to prevent harmful effects of hyperthyroidism on the bones, heart and other tissues. ...Read more

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Is a heterogeneous thyroid nodule cancerous?

Is a heterogeneous thyroid nodule cancerous?

Possibly: Each thyroid nodule has an approx. 5% chance of malignancy, thus a heterogenous could be cancerous. Looking at it the other way, a heterogenous nodule has a 95% chance of not being cancerous. ...Read more

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Is thyroid cancer genetic?

Perhaps: Known genetic mutations are seen in thyroid cancers: braf in papillary; kras in follicular; ret gene (usually point mutation) involving 10q11.2 in medullary carcinoma; p53 in undifferentiated carcinoma. However, "inherited" types of thyroid carcinoma are much less common - although medullary carcinoma is the most common type. ...Read more

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Papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant, what to do?

Papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant, what to do?

Remove lesion: The presence of cancer of the thyroid is best handled by thyroid resection. Depending on the size and location, a lobectomy or total thyroidectomy should be performed. Lymph nodes if present are resected. Radical neck not ut9ilized for node removal. Post oo radio iodine may be indicated and use of those meds to compensate for those anatomical structures removed. ...Read more

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Whats the treatment for follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

Watch them: Unless they are large, the treatment for adenomas of the thyroid is observation. They are removed when they are bug enough to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Does calcification of thyroid nodules mean cancer?

No: But in the setting of a solid nodule they are a marker for possible cancer and often lead to needle biopsy. ...Read more

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What is a papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant?

Type of cancer: Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer. The follicular variant is a subtype named because of how it looks under the microscope. It is treated the same as regular papillary cancer. ...Read more

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Do thyroid microcalcifications mean cancer?

Do thyroid microcalcifications mean cancer?

No: However, certain patterns of calcification raise the risk that a nodule could be malignant. When in doubt, needle biopsy is advised. ...Read more

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Sister had papillary & hurthle thyroid cancer. I have 9x3x8mm and 7x3x4 complex primarily hypoechoic nodules . Heterogeneous echotexture. Biopsy?

Always: regardless if you have a family history or not thyroid mass need to be biopsied. they start with something called FNA which mean fine needle aspiration, a procedure could be done in the surgeon office. please see a specialist for that either a surgeon or an endocrinologist good luck ...Read more

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Can papillary or follicular thyroid cancer spread quickly? Or is the only fast spreading thyroid cancer anaplastic?

Can papillary or follicular thyroid cancer spread quickly? Or is the only fast spreading thyroid cancer anaplastic?

Please see below: Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are referred to as differentiated thyroid cancer, which means that the cancer cells look and act in some respects like normal thyroid cells. Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers account for more than 90% of all thyroid cancers. They tend to grow very slowly. ...Read more

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What is a papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant?

Type of cancer: Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer. The follicular variant is a subtype named because of how it looks under the microscope. It is treated the same as regular papillary cancer. ...Read more

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Papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant, what to do?

Remove lesion: The presence of cancer of the thyroid is best handled by thyroid resection. Depending on the size and location, a lobectomy or total thyroidectomy should be performed. Lymph nodes if present are resected. Radical neck not ut9ilized for node removal. Post oo radio iodine may be indicated and use of those meds to compensate for those anatomical structures removed. ...Read more

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Several clusters of bland-looking and mitotically inactive follicular cells with early Hurthle cell metaplasia are also present. Is it thyroid cancer?

No: Occassional bland cells and especially mitotially inactive follicular cells with some metaplasia usually spells benign lesion. Would be of value to know if the lesion is hot or cold. A hot lesion by definition is benign and a cold, non functional lesion is usually malignant. Lesion should be watched with a later date scan and possible reconsider bx for dx. ...Read more

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Is this normal? I am told yes but i don't think it is. Help!?!?!? So i was diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer when i was 11 years old, I am now 19 years old. Personally I do not think it is healthy but my doctor says its ok. It has been over 2 years

Is this normal? I am told yes but i don't think it is. Help!?!?!? So i was diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer when i was 11 years old, I am now 19 years old. Personally I do not think it is healthy but my doctor says its ok. It has been over 2 years

Thyroid cancer: The good news is childhood thyroid cancer rarely causes death but recurrences of the cancer is common to occur decades later. This is different than other types iof cancer where the tumor recurrences occur early. Please see an endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid cancer for tests to make sure you are disease free. ...Read more

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Is there a connection of recent 4 CM solid kidney mass(will be removed next week) and thyroid cancer 5 years ago(papillary with follicular variant)?

Is there a connection of recent 4 CM solid kidney mass(will be removed next week) and thyroid cancer 5 years ago(papillary with follicular variant)?

Maybe: There may be a link, but the data at present are not completely understood (and seem contradictory in some papers). It is worth talking to a genetics expert. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10843148 http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20465534. ...Read more

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What is thyroid cancer?

What is thyroid cancer?

Often curable cancer: The thyroid gland is in the lower neck and makes essential hormones. Cancers of the thyroid gland are of multiple types; the most common is of the pappliary subtype. Often surgery is the first step of treatment followed by treatment with trace amounts of radioactive iodine which destroys any remaining cancer. In most cases survival and cure rates are very good. ...Read more

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How is thyroid cancer treated?

How is thyroid cancer treated?

Surgery: Surgery is the best way to treat thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine and some drugs also treat thyroid cancer but these are typically done after surgery. ...Read more

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What are the types of thyroid cancer?

What are the types of thyroid cancer?

Generally 4 types: There are 4 types of thyroid cancer. 1)papillary (most common), 2)follicular and hurthle cells, 3)medullary and 4)anaplastic (least common and most aggressive). Lymphoma and metastatic disease from other cancer (renal cell, melanoma) can also go to the thyroid. ...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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What are the signs of having thyroid cancer?

Variable: Signs and symptoms depend on the type and stage of thyroid cancer. Most thyroid cancers do not cause much symptoms or signs in the early stages. The commonest sign would a lump in the neck. You may consult this site for info: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/thyroid-cancer-topic-overview#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What are the rates of survival for thyroid cancer?

What are the rates of survival for thyroid cancer?

It depends: Papillary thyroid cancer* stage 5-year relative survival rate i near 100% ii near 100% iii 93% iv 51% *based on patients diagnosed 1998 to 1999 follicular thyroid cancer* stage 5-year relative survival rate i near 100% ii near 100% iii 71% iv 50% *based on patients diagnosed 1998 to 1999 medullary thyroid cancer** stage 5-year relative survival rate i near 100% ii 98%. ...Read more

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If you have a thyroid cancer what is the seimtoms of thyroid cancer ?

Neck mass: Your physician can tell you whether a lump in your thyroid needs to be checked as possibly being cancer. It's usually painless and presents no other problems. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer kill you?

Does thyroid cancer kill you?

Thyroid cancer: Thyroid cancer typically has the best prognosis of any cancer. Well differentiated thyroid malignancies treated with thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine are readily treatable and rarely fatal. ...Read more

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What are thyroid cancer symptoms?

What are thyroid cancer symptoms?

Often none: Thyroid cancer rarely has symptoms, it is usually identified incidentally as a lump in the center of your neck, either discovered by the patient or physician. ...Read more

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What is the cure for thyroid cancer?

What is the cure for thyroid cancer?

Surgery then I-131: The first step is to have a thyroidectomy (ie, have a surgeon take it out). If the tumor is very small, you may be done at that point. If it is not small, most people will opt to have radioactive iodine (i-131) treatment after surgery. That is by far the most common 1-2 punch for thyroid cancer, and it generally works quite well. ...Read more

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Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Thyroid cancer: There usually is a painless lump the thyroid located at front of your neck and the base. If the tumor is invasive, there may be a change in voice from a vocal cord paralysis. ...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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