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How Many People A Year Die From Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid cancer: Chances are low, but they certainly aren't zero. Some thyroid cancers run in families, so ask your folks if anyone has any kind of thyroid cancer. If you have a lump in your thyroid, definitely get it checked out with an ultrasound and even a needle biopsy. Thyroid cancers can be treated and even cured, if it's the right kind. Early diagnosis and treatment are key. ...Read more
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
I'm an 18 year old female. How likely would it be for me to have Anaplastic thyroid cancer? I know it's the most aggressive thyroid cancer.
Unlikely.: Why do you think you may have it? ...Read more
If you have 20% thyroid cancer and you do radiation it possible the cancer gone and also the thyroid make active again after a year thank you?
Had tt a year and 3 months ago for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. I haven't had rai. On the average did the cancer spread to other organs?
Thyroid: Papillary metastasizes outside the neck only about 10-15% of patients while local lymph nodes nay occur in up to 50% of patients. You should get rai if you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more
I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this be a sign of an underlying disorder?
No relation: Lipomas are benign growths developing in adipose tissue. They are not related to any malignancies but can on their own, progress to develop malignant transformation. If lipoma begins to grow rapidly and noted to become firm in consistency rather than softi, then bx is indicated. The majority of lipomas do not convert and have not been reported to be involved in any tumor syndrome ...Read more
I had tt a year and 3 months ago 4 metast pap thyroid cancer. I was told to have rai which I didn't do so far. Could I have caused much damage by wait?
Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? I'm worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way
I have a couple of 6mm lymp nodes and my mchc came back low on my blood test. Does one have to do with the other? I also had thyroid cancer last year.
Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, 6mm lymph nodes are not necessarily significant. MCHC low implies low iron, but can be wtih a chronic disease (active or recovering from cancer, among many many others).
BUt could also theoretically be the beginning of a return of the cancer. ...Read more
Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. History of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?
Sounds Ok: Annual re-examination is usually fine, and if any of the nodules reveal 15-20% growth, sampling with a needle (biopsy) can be considered at that time. ...Read more
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
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
I had my thyroid removed in 1991 due to thyroid cancer, have been on Synthroid until approx 9 months ago. . I was really sick before Christmas this year and thought it was the flu. . . dr. Did a thyroid blood test and ths level is 477. . . he said t
Must take thyroid: I don't know what your question is, but it appears that you were not taking Synthroid (thyroxine) for many months. This is very dangerous. Your body requires thyroid hormone to function correctly. Since you had your thyroid removed, there is no alternative to taking thyroid hormone. Having had thyroid cancer, it is essential that the TSH be normal. ...Read more
I've been suffering from graves' disease for a year now and the goitre on my neck is getting bigger, could I have thyroid cancer?
My TSH level was 4.069. Every year it gets a little higher. Have a family history of thyroid cancer which is my mother. Do I need any other tests?
Have had papillary thyroid cancer and total thyroidectomy ~1 year ago. TSH all in range. Still feeling very fatigued, hard time focusing. Going to get ACTH and Cortisol checked thinking adrenals?
Endocrinology: Yes- get a full medical and endocrine workup and evaluation. ...Read more
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
Thyroid cancer: This depends on the specific type of thyroid cancer. The most common type of thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma) can be treated very well if caught early, those cancers have essentially 100% survival when early Stage. Other types of thyroid cancer are more aggressive, so it definitely depends on Type of thyroid Cancer, and Stage. ...Read more
Parathyroids: Presumably, your thyroid cancer treatment involved surgery and radioactive iodine. Usually, this preserves the parathyoid glands, but sometimes they can get damaged. Parathyroids make PTH which maintains blood Ca. If PTH is low, your blood Ca will fall, and cause a number of symptoms. For starters, get an ionized Ca and PTH. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more
I had thyroid cancer in the past. Now years later I have abnormal blood calcium. Could these be related?
Some relationship: Calcium metabolism is controlled vial the parathyroid glands. There are 4 such glands, 2 on top of the thyroid and 2 at the lower pole. When a total thyroidectomy is performed for Ca some of the glands may be injured and the Ca++ levels drop. If the remaining glands grow post op they produce excess hormone then the level of serum Ca++ becomes elevated. ...Read more
Total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer 4 years ago. Don't like the way levothyroid makes me feel. Anything natural I can take that is just as good?
Yes, even better: The main alternative to levothyroxine is natural thyroid glandular preparations such as Armour Thyroid ; nature-throid. These contain T4 and t3 (liothyronine) whereas levothyroxine only has t4. A firm majority of patients who try natural thyroid say they feel better with it vs. Levothyroxine. Another alternative is to add synthetic t3 (liothyronine). See http://abt. Cm/1biokmw ; http://abt. Cm/18gpb3a ; http://bit. Ly/15k26u8. ...Read more
I want to know exactly about the "cure" of papillary thyroid cancer (female, age 51 with BRAF V600E), > 20 years, 30 years, or a normal span life? Thanks
What can I do if I had double thyroid cancer and survived and now I am losing my hair 10 years later?
Thyroglobulin tumor marker s value is 12. Is this normal? Have had thyroid cancer about 13 years ago
See your doctor.: If you had total thyroidectomy and radioactivie iodine treatment, the thyroglobulin (Tg) should be undetectable or very low (< 0.5). If your Tg has been in this range in the past, having a level of 12 now would be concerning for regrowth of the thyroid cancer, OR normal thyroid tissue, if any survived the initial treatment. If you have antibodies to Tg, that can cause falsely high or low Tg levels ...Read more
What to do if I had thyroid cancer 23 years ago and my thyroid was removed but I did not have radiation does this mean it has come back?
No: thyroid cancer behaves differently at different ages. If one is in the 60's and has a thyroidectomy for cancer, frequently the lesion is locally aggressive invading the larynx and making surgery very difficult. When you had your tumor removed at age 18, even in the face of metastasis to many cervical nodes, resection without radiation is virtually curative. ...Read more
HeLLo I am 34 yrs old I had thyroid cancer 15 years ago n had 1 other child 12 yrs ago I want to have another baby should I try a fertilty clinic?
Maybe. . .: Assuming that you've been using some form of birth control all this time, perhaps start w/preconception counseling w/your Family Doc or OB. Make sure you're healthy enough. Given that we define advanced maternal age as 35+yo at time of delivery, consider consulting Maternal Fetal Medicine expert now in addition to Reproductive Endocrinology specialist if 12mo elapse w/o pregnancy. ...Read more
Could hsv2 compromise my health since I had thyroid cancer 3 years ago? My partner has herpes (I don't) and I"m trying to figure out the risk for me.
Mom had thyroid cancer. Dr just lowered dose of thyroid meds after 20 years of same dose. Risk of cancer returning somewhere else in body? No thyroid.
Thyroid cancer: The dose of levothyroxine used after thyroid cancer treatment is higher than in a typical hypothyroid patient to suppress the TSH (which can stimulate cancer cells). But this high-ish dose can produce hyperthyroidism which can put an elderly person at risk of AFib and other heart problems. If cancer has not reoccurred after 20 yr, this is probably a safe move. ...Read more
Post thyroid cancer 3 years ago afterm many struggles with meds ws placed thyroid armour I am so happy I feel like myself I have energy as before. Got?
Thyroid cancer patient, my thy numbers 2 years after total thyroidectomy: tsh= 0.32, tg ab= 23, tg=0.2, pth= 68, vitamin d= 12. Number meanings?
See a Specialist: Tg ab and tg are a marker for remaining thyroid tissue (and presumably thyroid cancer), TSH is the hormone that stimulates thyroid tissue to grow and produce thyroid hormone, PTH is the hormone that controls your calcium metabolism. You should discuss your lab interpretations with a specialist, especially given your history of thyroid cancer. ...Read more
What does 7mm nodule on thyroid bed jest medial to carotid mean? I had a thyrodectomy 2 years ago for thyroid cancer. Can this be another cancer?
Recurrence: This may be an area of residual thyroid tissue or may represent spread to lymph nodes in the central neck region, the most common area for thyroid cancer lymph node metastasis. A serum thyroglobulin may be elevated if this is related to your thyroid cancer and a thyroid cancer may be detectable on I thyroid scan. An ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy can make the diagnosis. ...Read more
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
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