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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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What is treatment for thyroid cancer?

What is treatment for thyroid cancer?

Surgery: A surgery named total thyroidectomy is the mainstay of therapy for thyroid cancer. This may be done with or without a central neck dissection depending on your particular surgeon's prefrences and how aggressive your particular thyroid cancer may be. After surgery depending on multiple factors you may or may not receive radioactive iodine ablation. ...Read more

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Can I have a baby after treatment for thyroid cancer?

Can I have a baby after treatment for thyroid cancer?

Likely: It depends on the type, stage of cancer, treatment given, your age and general health. In general there is no medical reason that you could not get pregnant because you had thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Best treatment for thyroid cancer? Is it better to just take out the side of the thyroid with the cancer or get rid of the whole thing? If you keep part of your thyroid, could that get cancer later? If i get rid of the whole thing, which is better: radioa

Best treatment for thyroid cancer? Is it better to just take out the side of the thyroid with the cancer or get rid of the whole thing? If you keep part of your thyroid, could that get cancer later? If i get rid of the whole thing, which is better: radioa

Hemithyroidectomy: If the cancer can be removed by "hemi"thyroidectomy, go for it. The likelihood of getting a thyroid cancer in the remnant is low, and without a thyorid you will betaking pills the rest of your life. As for getting rid of the whole thing, surgery is probably a bit better than radioablation, although if radioablation fails you can always do surgery later. We can predict how well RA will work. ...Read more

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How safe is external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

How safe is external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

Unusual: In most cases, external beam should be considered only if i-131 and surgery have failed. Targeting a single brain or bone lesion with external beam can be done, usually with limited side effects, but the goal is usually not for cure in those cases. Depending on the specifics, some thought should be given to a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a third-line treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

What to do if I have external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

Follow: The treatment for a primary thyroid malignancy is surgical resection. Radiation is employed if after a lymph node resection there is a question of any residual cancer cells. RAI is employed if there is residual thyroid tissue or remnant of thyroid Ca where the iodine localizes in remaining tissue. External beam is used for cells left behind in neck. Follow up exam and scans needed. ...Read more

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I am having eye issues - blurriness, constant eye fatigue - post RAI treatment for thyroid cancer (3 weeks ago). Is there anything that will help?

I am having eye issues - blurriness, constant eye fatigue - post RAI treatment for thyroid cancer (3 weeks ago). Is there anything that will help?

Consult ur MD: These are not normal side effects There should be no effects on the yes or blurriness NOt related to RAI treatment Fatigue is a possibility sine ur thyroid functions were suppressed to make the thyroid hungry for treatment and should dissipate as u resume ur thyroid repl therapy ...Read more

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What is the treatment of thyroid cancer? 

Surgery: Thyroid cancer is treated surgically by removal of all the thyroid or a portion of the thyroid. After surgery, patients at higher risk of recurrence or with more aggressive cancers may be treated with radioactive iodine. Rarely, external radiation or chemotherapy is added in very severe cases. ...Read more

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What is thyroid cancer? Is treatment possible?

What is thyroid cancer? Is treatment possible?

Lesion in thyroid: Carcinoma of the thyroid not uncommon and presenting with a solitary lesion. If lesion cold on scan and solitary resection necessary. There is a 30%+ rate of conversion to malignancy of the solitary adenoma. The lesions present as a papillary or follicular carcinoma when fully transformed. Total lobectomy or thyroidectomy needed depending on size of lesion, age of patient and nodal status. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment after thyroid cancer?

What is the best treatment after thyroid cancer?

Depends entirely: upon the type of thyroid cancer and extent of previous treatment. Assuming that it is papillary cancer, the most common type, and that you already had surgery and radiation, the most common form of treatment, you need to be on thyroid replacement meds. You should also get an imaging study to make sure that all of the cancer has been removed. Talk to your doctor about proper follow up. ...Read more

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Are there any choices in thyroid cancer treatment?

Are there any choices in thyroid cancer treatment?

Two basic: The primary treatment for thyroid cancer (papillary and follicular) is surgical resection, either hemithyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy. Depending on the size of the tumor, radioactive iodine treatment (i131) may be indicated. ...Read more

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What is thyroid cancer and their treatment if possible?

What is thyroid cancer and their treatment if possible?

Malignant tumor: Malignant tumor of thyroid gland. In usa, thyroid carcimoma comprises appr. 1% of all cancers and accoints for 0.2% of cancer deaths. Most of these cancers are of the papillary type. These common tumors tend to be biologically indolent and have excellent prognosis. Papillary carcinoma can occur at any age and rarely has been diagnosed as a congenital tumor. Treatmen-total or partial thyroidectomy. ...Read more

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If you have a thyroid cancer 20% but if remove already & the right also it remove we need to treatment now ?

Need more data: Hi. Whether or not to follow surgical thyroidectomy with high dose radioactive iodine (RAI) depends on the size of the cancer, not the "%", whatever that refers to. I trust you're being seen by an endocrinologist. She/he will tell you if adjunctive therapy with RAI is indicated, based on tumor size (and can be influenced by pathological characteristics). Good luck! ...Read more

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If you have a thyroid cancer 20% but if remove already & the right also it remove how stage of cancer you have in your body and we need to treatment ?

Stage: Hi. Given your age, regardless of tumor size or local spread in neck, if you have no distant metastases (e.g., lungs or bone), it's Stage 1. If you have distant metastases, it's stage 2. It would help to know if your cancer was papillary or follicular or one of the less common thyroid cancers. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? What do I do?

I have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? What do I do?

Just chill: I think this is mostly done out of fear of tort liability. Folks are scared of radiation - and rightly so, but I don't think you're really a danger to anyone. Congratulations on having your disease diagnosed and effectively treated. Best wishes for a happy and cancer-free future ...Read more

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If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?

If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?

Some cancers: Some cancers of the thyroid are functional and concentrate iodine. Such cancers are susceptible to treatment with radioactive iodine. The tumors that do not concentrate iodine would not be suitable for radio iodine treatment. ...Read more

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I had a hemithyroidectomy in 2010. I had a 3.5cm thyroid module. The diagnosis was minimally invasive thyroid cancer. Is no further treatment ok?

Possibly: Actually, standard of care in cancer cases, with the exception of some papillary thyroid microcarcinomas, is completion thyroidectomy, removing the other lobe. For minimally invasive ftc, which you had, removing the rest of the gland is not due to the likeliness of residual tumor, but for assuring no additional thyroglobulin production, serum levels of which are used to screen for recurrence. ...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. Daniel Lebowitz
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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