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Is Graves Disease A Form Of Cancer
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?
No cancer: But graves commonly leads to goiter. Will need to have an evaluation by an endocrinologist if you qualify for radioactive ablation, granted that there is no contraindications and that you indeed have serological evidence of graves disease. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder, meaning it is caused by antibodies directed against the thyroid. These antibodies "trick" the thyroid causing it to be stimulated into making more thyroid hormone than it is supposed to. That can lead to symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremors, frequent bowel movements and weight loss. In some cases prominence of the eyes can occur and be associated with blurry vision or diplopia. Anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine ...Read more
Increased likelihood: Yes, likelihood of thyroid CA is increased with chronic thyroid disease like yours. It does not mean though that you already have or definitively will have CA, but you MAY develop it. You must be monitored to have a chance to catch CA early. At this time the only advise I give is to be consistent with your treatments and follow ups as it is recommended by your treating MD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My Mom has Graves' disease, acute glaucoma & had 1/2 a lung removed to cancer. She is allergic to beta blockers. What else can she use for glaucoma?
Glaucoma: There are several medication classes beside beta blocker that can be used to treat glaucoma. Plus depending on the severity and how acute the symptoms your mother suffers from, treatment can vary. It is best to have you mom seen by a local Opthalmologist since untreated glaucoma can lead to blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several therapies: Medical therapy consists of several medications to control or block thyroid hormone. Sometimes medical therapy does not consistently control problem. Other therapies are radioactive ablation with I131 with destruction of the gland. An alternative therapy is surgery where thyroid gland is removed, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various ways: In your age group, the most common recommendation would be to take antithyroid drugs (methimazole) to control the hyperthyroidism. After 6 months, one could see if you have gone into remission so that you could discontinue the med. If if hasn't gone away by up to 2 yrs of treatment, we would recommend radioiodine treatment or surgery to ablate the thyroid. ...Read more
Graves disease: There are no one specific symptoms of graves' that occur first. It's different for different people but in general, graves' symptoms are: nervousness, more sweatings, fatigue, can't stand heat, weight loss, more bowel movements, more appetite. Signs: high blood pressure, hand tremor, clammy skin, rapid pulse, flushing.. ...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
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