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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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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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 kind of thyroid cancer do I have?

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 symptoms of thyroid cancer?

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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How to determine if I have thyroid cancer?

How to determine if I have thyroid cancer?

Imaging can help...: Do you have a thyroid nodule? Ultrasound can help characterize a thyroid nodule. Characteristics such as calcification can shed more light on the situation. Nuclear medicine thyroid scan can also be helpful. If imaging is suspicious, biopsy is recommended. ...Read more

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Could I have have thyroid cancer at age 15?

Could I have have thyroid cancer at age 15?

Yes: Thyroid cancers occur at all ages. If there is a family history of thyroid cancer speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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How many types of thyroid cancer are there?

3 categories: Thyroid cancer is divided into 3 categories:well-differentiated types which includes papillary, follicular and hurthle cell carcinoma subtypes, poorly differentiated types and anaplastic carcinoma. For more information you can go to my website at http://www. Cvsurgicalgroup. Com/services/thyroid-surgery/thyroid-cancer-surgery/. ...Read more

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What are the different types of thyroid cancer?

What are the different types of thyroid cancer?

4 types: Papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic
both papillary and follicular cancers are typically treated with complete removal of the lobe of the thyroid that harbors the cancer, in addition to the removal of most or all of the other side. Medullary cancer of the thyroid is significantly less common, but has a worse prognosis. Thyroid cancer anaplastic has a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are all the signs of thyroid cancer?

Nothing specific.: Generally, people feel normal when they have thyroid cancer. That is the main reason that it can be hard to discover. Your physician should feel your thyroid during a routine physical examination. If he/she feels anything unusual, an ultrasound would be the most common next test. ...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?

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?

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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Thyroid cancer symptoms start out as how?

Lump in the neck: Thyroid cancers may produce a lump in neck over the thyroid; if functional, the tumor may express as hyperthyroidism and cause rapid heart rate, palpitations, weight loss, intolerance to heat etc. Many cancers may be asymptomatic and may only be picked up during a physical examination. Some may not become apparent till metastases develop in the local lymph nodes. ...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. Shari Jackson
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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