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How do I know whether thyroid cancer is life threatening?

How do I know whether thyroid cancer is life threatening?

It's complicated: Some thyroid cancers are found "incidentally" during surgery in when cancer is not suspected. When these are small and completely within the thyroid they are cured by surgery and have a 0% chance of coming back. Some types, such as anaplastic, have a nearly 100% fatality rate. Most are in between, in the 2-20% fatality range. Your doctor can give you a better answer for your situation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is the life expectancy of a person with thyroid cancer?

What is the life expectancy of a person with thyroid cancer?

Usually very good: I can't give one definitive answer as it will depend on the specific type of thyroid cancer and the stage at diagnosis. There are at least 4 different types: Papillary, Follicular, Medullary and Analplastic. The good news is that the most common types of thyroid cancer, (Papillary and follicular), especially at stages I or II have excellent prognosis with treatment and are very rarely fatal. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

What is the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

Depends on type...: Undifferentiated thyroid cancers are higher risk. Anaplastic thyroid cancer has a poorer prognosis. Papillary thyroid cancer usually has a better prognosis. The type of cancer and stage are important to know. ...Read more

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Help please. Could be the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

Help please. Could be the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

Stage and type: It really depends on the stage and type. Early stage, well-differentiated thyroid cancers have an excellent survival rate of over 90% over 10 years. The type of thyroid cancer with the worst survival is called anaplastic and patients survive generally a few months. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is very rare, and most other types are readily treated. ...Read more

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I am 34 and wondering if I might have thyroid cancer... I am 34 and have had hypothroidism for most of my life and taking synthroid. A few months back I had a check up and my TSH went up to 7 doc increased dose 4 weeks later TSH level still at 7 dose incr

I am 34 and wondering if I might have thyroid cancer... I am 34 and have had hypothroidism for most of my life and taking synthroid. A few months back I had a check up and my TSH went up to 7 doc increased dose 4 weeks later TSH level still at 7 dose incr

Thyroid: The changes in your TSH is not an indication of thyroid cancer. One reason may be erratic absorption. Be sure to take your medication with an empty stomach. No food or coffee for 30 min. No calcium or iron for 2-3 hr. ...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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What happens if thyroid cancer is left untreated?

Thyroid cancer: Potentially good prognosis on treated patients depending on type. If left untreated can grow locally or can spread to other places. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of thyroid cancer?

What are the most common causes of thyroid cancer?

Mostly unknown: The cause of thyroid cancer is not known in most cases. Exposure to x-rays in childhood, and genetic defects are seen in a minority of the cases. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/thyroid-cancer/ds00492. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors involved with thyroid cancer?

What are the risk factors involved with thyroid cancer?

Multiple...: Thyroid cancer can have a number of risk factors. Most notably are a family history of thyroid cancer in a first degree relative, like a mother, father or silbing, but also a history of radiation to the head and neck region. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid cancer?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid cancer?

Cancer in thyroid: 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 (thyroidectomy) and possibly radioiodine. ...Read more

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Need to know is thyroid cancer the easiest cancer to cure?

Maybe: It is impossible to say that one type of cancer is the "easiest" to cure. It is true that almost all thyroid cancers confined to the neck are cured with surgery possibly followed by radioactive iodine. In young people, many thyroid cancers that have metastasized to other parts of the body can also be cured. Unfortunately, there are some types like anaplastic that are almost never cured. ...Read more

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My brother has thyroid cancer. Is that something important?

My brother has thyroid cancer. Is that something important?

It could be: Different types of thyroid cancer-but generally divided into 2 group-well differentiated and undifferentiated. Papillary cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer. Treatment is a surgery to remove thyroid and evaluation to the adjacent lymph nodes. Post surgery radioiodine therapy is given (to the well diffif) if there is residual disease, +lymph nodes, spreading. Read more-www. Nccn. Com. ...Read more

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If you have 20% thyroid cancer what stage cancer you have already?

If you have 20% thyroid cancer what stage cancer you have already?

Ask another question: There is no such thing as 20% thyroid cancer. Either you have it or you don't. The staging depends on the size, and whether it involves spread to lymph nodes or other structures. See your Endocrinologist to get clarity on this. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer kill you?

Does thyroid cancer kill you?

Thyroid cancer: Thyroid cancer typically has the best prognosis of any cancer. Well differentiated thyroid malignancies treated with thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine are readily treatable and rarely fatal. ...Read more

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What are thyroid cancer symptoms?

Often none: Thyroid cancer rarely has symptoms, it is usually identified incidentally as a lump in the center of your neck, either discovered by the patient or physician. ...Read more

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What is the cure for thyroid cancer?

What is the cure for thyroid cancer?

Surgery then I-131: The first step is to have a thyroidectomy (ie, have a surgeon take it out). If the tumor is very small, you may be done at that point. If it is not small, most people will opt to have radioactive iodine (i-131) treatment after surgery. That is by far the most common 1-2 punch for thyroid cancer, and it generally works quite well. ...Read more

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Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Thyroid cancer: There usually is a painless lump the thyroid located at front of your neck and the base. If the tumor is invasive, there may be a change in voice from a vocal cord paralysis. ...Read more

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Does thyroid cancer cause you to sweat?

Does thyroid cancer cause you to sweat?

Not necessarily: Here is a good review on thyroid cancer symptoms

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/thyroid-cancer/symptoms-and-signs. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer symptoms start out as how?

Lump in the neck: Thyroid cancers may produce a lump in neck over the thyroid; if functional, the tumor may express as hyperthyroidism and cause rapid heart rate, palpitations, weight loss, intolerance to heat etc. Many cancers may be asymptomatic and may only be picked up during a physical examination. Some may not become apparent till metastases develop in the local lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer be caused from asbestos?

Can thyroid cancer be caused from asbestos?

No: Thyroid tumors are associated with a stimulatory factor arising in the pituitary. Asbestos causes problems when the dust arising from the handling of asbestos gets into the respiratory tract. Under this situation many so exposed develop mesothelisoma of the lining of the lung totally unassociated with thyroid cancer which can also arise in early age from exposure of to H&N radiation. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer spread to the gallblader?

Can thyroid cancer spread to the gallblader?

Essentially no: I have treated over a thousand patients with thyroid cancer and have never had a patient with spread to the gallbladder. There are no reports in the literature regarding spread of thyroid cancer to the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Where does thyroid cancer typically come back?

Anaplastic Cancer: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is the least common form, but also the most aggressive. It is usually fatal, and spreads by direct extension, so that the cancer cells push outside of the thyroid and grow into nearby neck structures, including muscle, the trachea (windpipe), and blood vessels, including the carotid artery and the jugular vein. ...Read more

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Can you give blood if you have thyroid cancer?

Can you give blood if you have thyroid cancer?

Probably not: This is a really good question. I would check with yout local blood bank but as far as I know, the only 2 cancers that will allow you to donate blood are: basal cell carcinoma of the skin and carcinoma in-situ of the cervix. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid disorder lead to thyroid cancer?

Yes, in some cases: Anytime there is chronic inflammation in a part of the body, that increases cell turnover and the risk of cancer is increased. This is true of most organ systems in the body. The relative risk depends on many things, such as the specific nature of the thyroid disorder, how it was/is treated and whether or not there is ongoing inflammation in the gland. I suggest discussing this with endocrinology. ...Read more

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Howv should I treat metastatic thyroid cancer?

Howv should I treat metastatic thyroid cancer?

Radioactive iodine: Following surgery to remove the thyroid gland and surrounding lymph nodes, radioactive iodine (rai) is commonly used. Thyroid cells have a unique ability to take up iodine is our body. So any lingering cells would absorb the rai and be killed. This can treat cells spread outside the neck too. If there is a bone tumor, external beam radiation can relieve the pain. Clinical trials also an option. ...Read more

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. M. Hytham Beck
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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