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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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I feel a small bump inside my neck right below my right earlobe what could it be? Thyroid cancer?

I feel a small bump inside my neck right below my right earlobe what could it be? Thyroid cancer?

Not likely: The area below your right earlobe is more likely to have a lymph node. The thyroid is more toward the center of the front of the neck. ...Read more

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Had 2 CT head scans without contrast in 2 months. 29 yo. Could this cause thyroid cancer? Is thyroid exposed during scan? Tech said no. Beg to differ.

Had 2 CT head scans without contrast in 2 months. 29 yo. Could this cause thyroid cancer? Is thyroid exposed during scan? Tech said no. Beg to differ.

No worries: A couple of head CT scans does not cause brain cancer, eye cancer, nose cancer, throat cancer, ear cancer, neck cancer, thyroid cancer, or any other cancer. No worries. That said, a head CT is sometimes used to look for a cancer tumor. That means although a head CT does not cause cancer, the scan can cause you to find the cancer you were looking for, if you were suspecting and looking for a tumor. ...Read more

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Do I have thyroid cancer.? I have pain in my throat the feeling of having a cut inside my throat I have headaches on different parts of my head mild

Do I have thyroid cancer.? I have pain in my throat the feeling of having a cut inside my throat I have headaches on different parts of my head mild

Many possibilities: Please don't leap to conclusions. The only way to k now what is going on is to see y our doc for a diagnosis. There are many other possibilities. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer couse swelling and pain in the neck on the left side, back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting, menses irregul?

Can thyroid cancer couse swelling and pain in the neck on the left side, back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting, menses irregul?

Thyroid cancer: The vast majority of thyroid cancers present as a painless thyroid mass. Presenting with pain would be rare. Thyroid hormone levels can affect your cycle. Please see your doctor and have your thyroid evaluated. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have hot and itchy ears also neck and body and when I brush my hair I get a sensation I am taking antistamines which do stop it?

I have hot and itchy ears also neck and body and when I brush my hair I get a sensation I am taking antistamines which do stop it?

External Otitis: This is external otitis. You need to get an Rx for antibiotic/cortisone ear drops such as Cortisporin, (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone)
Don't put heat to the ear. Keep soap out of the ear. ...Read more

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I have extremely itchy ears, that spread to neck & face. I have a swollen gland/lump beside the jaw bone (right under my earlobe). What can this be?

I have extremely itchy ears, that spread to neck & face. I have a swollen gland/lump beside the jaw bone (right under my earlobe). What can this be?

Possible allergy: If you wear earrings and have this rash you may be allergic to the nickel in the earrings. See a dermatologist or your general doctor who can prescribe a cortisone cream and stop wearing the earrings till the rash has gone away. You may want to go have patch testing done at a dermatologist office to see if you are allergic to nickel. There are earrings made of titanium is rare to be allergic to. ...Read more

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Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Globus: You started with a globus sensation which may be due to an anxiety disorder. You had a thyroid U/S done which sounds to be NORMAL. Thyroiditis is not diagnosed on ultrasound, its based on hormone levels. You have no goiter or nodules. You have a normal exam. You need to address the globus. You can get an ENT exam with laryngopharyngoscopy and talk to your doctor about treating anxiety or OCD. ...Read more

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Do I need rai for papillary thyroid cancer if my #s were pt1b & pn1a if diagnosed @ age 39? Didn't list metastasis other than pn1a. Don't want rai.

Do I need rai for papillary thyroid cancer if my #s were pt1b & pn1a if diagnosed @ age 39? Didn't list metastasis other than pn1a. Don't want rai.

Pap thyroid cancer: Based on this staging, the tumor was 1-2 cm with some local tumor detected: an intermediate risk situation. Presumably you had a total thyroidectomy; but the surgeon can't get it all, so rai cleans up both cancer and residual thyroid and permits detection of recurrance. Most endo's would recommend rai. But if you wanted to delay a bit (eg. Pregnancy) you could, since pap ca is slow growing. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that I'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that I'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Maybe: There is definitely a genetic component to gallbladder disease, but it is still not possible to know who will actually need their gallbladder removed or not. In general, even those with gallstones only have removal of the gallbladder if they have symptoms that are likely caused from the gallbladder. Typically right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back, worse 30-60' after a fatty meal. Hope this helps! ...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?

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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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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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

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Could you list the thyroid cancer risk factors?

Could you list the thyroid cancer risk factors?

Radiation & genetics: Risk factors for thyroid cancer include: exposure to very high levels of radiation (such as radiation treatment to the head and neck or fallout from such sources as nuclear power plant accidents or weapons testing), personal or family history of goiter (noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid), certain inherited genetic syndromes (like multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes). ...Read more

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Can u have reccurence thyroid cancer with no thyroglubin?

Yes: Yes but not likely. But if the path of the cancer is something other than papillary then it is more likely. Rec i131 thyrogen scan to eval for recurrent disease. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the pathogenesis of thyroid cancer?

Could you tell me what is the pathogenesis of thyroid cancer?

Often unknown.: Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine glands. It is most common in individuals with history of exposure of the thyroid gland to radiation, in individuals with family history of thyroid cancer and in those older than 40 years of age. The exact cause of cancer in an individual patient is most often unknown. I am providing a link in the comment section with good information. ...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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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

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 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