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I had complete thyroidectomy. Biopsis said it was cancerous. Medullary thyroid cancer. Radiologist said all looked fine. Do I have cancer? Do i need t

I had complete thyroidectomy. Biopsis said it was cancerous. Medullary thyroid cancer. Radiologist said all looked fine. Do I have cancer? Do i need t

Biopsy diagnostic: Your biopsy has your correct diagnosis. Biopsy enables pathologist to look at exact tissues under microscope to describe your specific cancer diagnosis. Radiologist is looking at imaging studies. You DID have cancer before your thyroid was removed. Please discuss your status with your surgeon and oncologist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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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Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound ? If not how do they find it?

Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound ? If not how do they find it?

Thyroid cancer: Hello. Unfortunately cancer of the thyroid will not show up on an ultrasound. A nodule or a growth in the thyroid can be seen and identified. A tissue or needle biopsy is needed to examine the cells for cancer. An excisional biopsy if needed will provide the pathologist the entire gland which then will be examined and a diagnosis rendered. ...Read more

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If you have a thyroid cancer how many years you alive i have 20% cancer cell in left thyroid ?

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

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Can cell phone radiation cause thyroid cancer?

Can cell phone radiation cause thyroid cancer?

No: There has not been any proof of electromagnetic waves given off of cell phones cause any type of cancer. The cancer most debated is brain cancer and no statistical cause is yet identified. ...Read more

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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

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

Not necessarily.: 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

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How do doctors know if thyroid cells(cancerous and non) take up the radioactive iodine after rai treatment for papillary thyroid cancer?

How do doctors know if thyroid cells(cancerous and non) take up the radioactive iodine after rai treatment for papillary thyroid cancer?

Nuclear medicine: Nuclear medicine scans will show where the radioactivity is concentrated, which is almost always in these cases in the thyroid glands and in any metastatic lesions of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

Anyone: Anyone can get thyroid cancer. Your risk is higher if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or if you were exposed to excess radiation to the neck when you were younger. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of thyroid cancer?

What are the different stages of thyroid cancer?

Thyroid ca stage: If you are under 45, you can only be stage I in the thyroid or II with distant mets to the lungs, etc. Over 45, the staging is more proscriptive. T1 less than 1 cm. T2 1-4 cm. T3 (liothyronine) > 4 cm. T4 extra thyroidal extension. Nodal metastasis is staged N1a for central neck nodes, N1b for lateral neck nodes. M1 is for distant mets. ...Read more

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If I had thyroid cancer, would I be able to tell?

If I had thyroid cancer, would I be able to tell?

Depends: The common types of thyroid cancer are slow growing and are typically not associated with physical symptoms. Unless the cancer is in a big thyroid mass (> 2 cm), you might not feel anything. The best way to evaluate for thyroid cancer is to have a thyroid ultrasound so you can see the gland visually. If abnormalities are seen on this exam, a thyroid blood test and thyroid uptake & scan is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Thyroid cancer arises 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 Saurborn
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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