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Is it possible recurrence of thyroid cancer if thyroglobulin came back positive but antibodies are decreasing? Had full thyroidectomy 2 years ago.

Is it possible recurrence of thyroid cancer if thyroglobulin came back positive but antibodies are decreasing? Had full thyroidectomy 2 years ago.

Recurrence: Rest assured. It is impossible to say you are cancer free, but that is likely. Here's why: the thyroglobulin level is unreliable because you have antibodies. The fact that the antibodies are decreasing can mean that thyroglobulin is decreasing. Antibodies can be a tumor marker surrogate. Continue to follow the antibody trend and get periodic neck ultrasounds. ...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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I am wondering if anyone can explain the ramifications of a partial thymectomy?. It was done durring a thyroid cancer recurrence.

I am wondering if anyone can explain the ramifications of a partial thymectomy?. It was done durring a thyroid cancer recurrence.

Partial thymectomy: Your doctor removed the thyroid gland for cancer. During the operation a partial thymectomy was also done because the thyroid is connected to the thymus. The doctor made sure no thyroid was left behind. This is fine and shows your surgeon took the time to remove any residual thyroid tissue. ...Read more

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Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is .04 and tg .2 but there is tgab should worry?

Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is .04 and tg .2 but there is tgab should worry?

TgAb: It depends upon what the tgab level is. If the tgab levels are less than 22 iu/ml or 4 iu/ml depending upon which assay your laboratory uses, then there is no concern. If the tgab levels are elevated, the tg (thyroglobulin) test results are unreliable and your doctor may order other tests such as neck ultrasound or nuclear total body iodine scans. The TSH level is where it should be. ...Read more

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Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is .04 and tg .2 but there is tgab should worry?

Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt  TSH is .04 and tg .2 but there is tgab should worry?

No Worry: The tg level follows the thyroid cancer but is unreliable if the tgab is elevated. The tgab is only relevant if it is elevated. The TSH is used to follow your thyroid hormone levels and 0.04 is an appropriate level. ...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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Can thyroid cancer be treated?

Can thyroid cancer be treated?

Absolutely: Typical thyroid cancer in women less than 50 has about a 98% survival rate. Although there are occasional very aggressive thyroid cancers (mostly in older men), most thyroid cancer is easily treated. Make sure you find an experienced thyroid surgeon. Try the american association of endoctine surgeons website. ...Read more

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How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

FNA or surgery: The best way to diagnose thyroid cancer is in surgery. The surgical specimen give you the most tissue to look at. It can also give you a "gross" view of whether the nodule had spread through the thyroid capsule (an indication of cancer). That being said, most patients don't jump to surgery right away. In that case, an ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration is often perform to eval cancer. ...Read more

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Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

Anyone: Anyone can get thyroid cancer. Your risk is higher if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or if you were exposed to excess radiation to the neck when you were younger. ...Read more

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Can you die from thyroid cancer?

Can you die from thyroid cancer?

Yes, but: Yes but the overwhelming majority of thyroid cancers (are papillary thyroid cancer) which has very good 20 year survival rate and are not really life threatening if they are treated appropriately (even if they spread to the lymh nodes). These patients often die from other causes. There are4 types of thyroid cancer fortunately the most aggressive and life threatening type is also the least common. ...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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How fast does thyroid cancer grow?

Usually Slow.: It depends on the type of thyroid cancer but the most common type, papillary thyroid cancer, usually grows and spreads slowly. There is another very rare type, anaplastic thyroid cancer that grows very fast and is usually lethal. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

What are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

Variable: Early cancer may be asymptomatic. Common symptoms include, mass in the neck over the trachea, lateral mass due to metastases in the lymph nodes of the neck. Metastases to other organs, e.g., lung and bone may be the first symptoms. If the cancer produces hormone, anxiety, nervousness, high pulse rate, heat intolerance, weight loss etc due to hyperthyroid state may be the presenting feature. ...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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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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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 kind of thyroid cancer do I have?

Depends: There are 4 types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular/hurthle cell, medullary and anaplastic. Papillary is most common (75% of all thyroid cancer) so if you have thyroid cancer, this's probably what you have. Anaplastic is very aggressive and is deadly, so you most likely do not have this one. The only way to know is through a thyroid biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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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 symptoms of thyroid cancer ?

None early on...: Thyroid cancer typically doesn't cause any signs or symptoms early in the disease. As thyroid cancers grow, they may cause a number of symptoms including: a lump that can be felt through the skin in the neck, changes in a person's voice (including increasing hoarseness), difficulty swallowing, pain in the neck / throat, and possibly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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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. Julie Abbott
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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