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Is Thyroid Cancer 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
I want to know exactly about the "cure" of papillary thyroid cancer(female, age 51 with BRAF V600E),> 20 years,30 years, or a normal span life? Thanks
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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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