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How will treatment for thyroid cancer affect my normal activities?

How will treatment for thyroid cancer affect my normal activities?

Depends on treatment: Thyroidectomy is the first treatment. There can be low calcium levels and thyroid level that have symptoms but can be replaced by pills. If the cancer is small then no other therapy. Others may need radioactive iodine and there will be radiation rules to follow and avoid exposure to others. ...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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How does breast cancer treatment affect work? How long will i be off of work for breast cancer treatment?

How does breast cancer treatment affect work? How long will i be off of work for breast cancer treatment?

Highly variable: I agree with dr. Wilson. There are many treatments for breast cancer ranging from minor surgery and hormone pills, to more extensive surgery with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. You would need to discuss your specific situation with your oncologist who would have much more information for you. ...Read more

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How do I know the chemo treatment for breast cancer has affected my good normal cells what damage does it cause to my body?

How do I know the chemo treatment for breast cancer has affected my good normal cells what damage does it cause to my body?

Your oncologist can: Your treatiig oncologist can address this issue easily. Chemotherapy has but temporary effects on your blood counts.These go away within 3-4 weeks after stopping chemotherapy. There is little concern about long term aeffects on your body as the body can take care of repaiing itself quite quickly.So i would advise you not to worry about it...Yet ask such questions to the oncologist who ahs treated. ...Read more

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I'll be doing radio iodine treatment for overactive thyroid and i'm wondering how this will effect me wanting to have children later in life.

I'll be doing radio iodine treatment for overactive thyroid and i'm wondering how this will effect me wanting to have children later in life.

should be OK but...: Radioactive iodine is a common ; effective treatment for hypothyroidism. It shouldn't affect fertility but you should avoid becoming pregnant for a year after treatment. The reason i don't love this treatment is that it usually results in hypothyroidism, but that can be treated. However, you might consider natural alternatives like homeopathy. If you have thyroiditis consider http://bit.Ly/1fp543p. ...Read more

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How does taking 2mg of melatonin nightly for sleep affect my thyroid? Will it improve thyroid function or worsen it ?

How does taking 2mg of melatonin
nightly for sleep affect my thyroid?
Will it improve thyroid function or
 worsen it ?

Melatonin: Can affect sugar levels or blood pressure or liver function or moods, but I am not aware of direct effects on thyroid. ...Read more

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My prolactin level is at 35.9? How severe is my condition? will it affect my fertility? does the medication vary for for those who are sexually active and those who are not?

My prolactin level is at 35.9? How severe is my condition? will it affect my fertility? does the medication vary for for those who are sexually active and those who are not?

High prolactin : There is a lot missing in your prentation. Prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland at the base of your brain and has wide ranging effects. If your doc feels uncomfortable doing a work up on you you should find a gynecological endocrinologist pronto. You need a complete work up and soon. Good look and don't delay! ...Read more

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How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

Weeks to Months: If the skin had a sunburn effect it take a few weeks after radiation to get back to normal. Hair takes longer with chemotherapy. When i see patients at the first follow up check at about 4 months there is hair beginning to grow about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. It can also come back in different texture curly or straight opposite of what it was. Radiation to the head along with chemo slows it even more. ...Read more

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How long does is take for platelets to come back to normal levels after chemo and radiaition?

How long does is take for platelets to come back to normal levels after chemo and radiaition?

Variable: Usually you see some recovery in a could of months but occasionally platelet levels will stay sub normal especially if your pelvis was radiated. ...Read more

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Can stress affect your TSH after being stable on hom8nes after thyroidectomy and cancer?

Can stress affect your TSH after being stable on hom8nes after thyroidectomy and cancer?

It isn't stress: But levels of thyroxine, plain or synthetic, and they can vary and need to be adjusted by your endocrinologist, peditrician, or internist. ...Read more

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Having surgery for colorectal cancer? How much of the colon does the doctor take out? Will I have normal bowel function after?

Having surgery for colorectal cancer? How much of the colon does the doctor take out? Will I have normal bowel function after?

Depends on location: Colon cancer is usually treated with wide removal of the segment of colon involved along with the lymph nodes draining that segment. The ends of the remaining intestine are reattached with staples or sutures. Bowel function is usually altered minimally unless there is more than one cancer and the entire colon is removed and sewn to the rectum. In that case, you might have frequent bms. ...Read more

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How many phlelbotomy treatments does it take to lower your iron count? and what is the normal count for women ?

How many phlelbotomy treatments does it take to lower your iron count? and what is the normal count for women ?

Serum ferritin: I'm going to assume that phletobomy is being performed for hemochromatosis, that it is being monitored occasionally by checking the serum ferritin (the serum iron level is for the screen), and that you know you're treating a very serious disease rather than a lab value. Even the first phlebotomy begins the process. Most women run ferritin below 250 but ask what's the target for Rx. ...Read more

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Will my sex life be affected during treatment for vulvar cancer? What about after treatment?

Will my sex life be affected during treatment for vulvar cancer? What about after treatment?

Vulvar cancer: The affect on sex is determined by the amount of tissue that is treated and whether or not the clitoris is involved. You probably have a pre-cancer not an invasive cancer at your age. ...Read more

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Can your thyroid return to normal after radiation treatment?

Can your thyroid return to normal after radiation treatment?

No: If it is radiation to the thyroid, it never becomes normal and need to have life long thyroid supplementation. ...Read more

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How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

Thyroid Recovery: 2 factors. 1) recovery from surgery. Typically basic recovery from neck surgery is on the order of 5-10 days at which point surgical pain and initial wound healing complete. 2) if total thyroidectomy there will be a period of time needed to find a new balance to your thyroid replacement. In some cases thyroid replacement may be delayed until confirmation is made that all tissue was removed. ...Read more

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How much hair will i lose due to my radiation treatment? Does it depend on the patient, or does it depend on what type of caner therapy patients go through?

How much hair will i lose due to my radiation treatment? Does it depend on the patient, or does it depend on what type of caner therapy patients go through?

Hair : Hair will only be lost where the actual radiation beam is directed (for example on the head if treating the brain, in the axilla if treating some breast cancers). This is temporary and the hair grows back, although at times it grows back thinner. This is unlike chemo, where one can lose hair over their entire body -. ...Read more

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Need help when prostate surgery fails and the cancer has spread how long will i live?

Need help when prostate surgery fails and the cancer has spread how long will i live?

Many years: Prostate cancer is a relatively slow growing disease. Patients can live many years with control of their disease with testosterone lowering drugs. There are many additional drugs- both hormonal and chemotherapy drugs that have shown to prolong life ...Read more

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Having advanced prostate cancer and on hormone therapy. How long a wait till tumor shrinks to a workable size does 8 months sound ?

Having advanced  prostate  cancer  and  on  hormone therapy.  How  long  a wait  till  tumor  shrinks  to  a  workable size  does  8  months  sound ?

Prostate ca: What do you mean by workable size?The response to therapy-. In this case- hormonal therapy will be individually basis.Majority'll respond well and you can see this by following your psa as the level will go down.Now how long it will take to become normal- it varies, and will depend on the tumor burden.Some imaging like a bone scan or ct scan periodically can be used to monitor the response as well. ...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. Walter Husar
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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