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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 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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Will chemotherapy help at all with 8.7cm thyroid cancer with mestatic neck disease and spread to nearby lymph nodes ?

Thyroid treatment: First line against thyroid cancer is surgery. You need to get all detectable disease out of the neck (the primary tumor and nodal metastases). Radioactive iodine is used to eradicate remaining thyroid and thyroid cancer cells. This can also help with distant mets in lungs/bone/etc. This can be repeated. External beam radiation ; chemo are reserved for cancer that has become dangerous. ...Read more

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I have Papaliary Thyroid Cancer in my lung and when I was 13 I had my Thyroid removed and a left radical and partial right neck desection also. I am63?

I have Papaliary Thyroid Cancer in my lung and when I was 13 I had my Thyroid removed and a left radical and partial right neck desection also. I am63?

Thyroid cancer: It sounds like your question is whether this is the same cancer you had 50 years ago, and how it could occur after removal of all thyroid tissue. Papillary cancers from the lung and thyroid may look very similar and have almost identical markers, so it could be a primary lung cancer. But rare remnants of thyroid tissue can occur outside the neck and give rise to cancer also. ...Read more

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I had thyroid cancer 5yrs ago and now I have two swollen lumps in my neck , really tired? Cancer again prob aye

I had thyroid cancer 5yrs ago and now I have two swollen lumps in my neck , really tired? Cancer again prob aye

Maybe: Go back to your surgeon and/or endocrinologist. Thyroid cancer recurs in the lymph nodes with some frequency and is usually curable with appropriate treatment, especially if you are young and had either papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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I feel a pea lump on lower neck left side above clavicle. It seems to be getting smaller but not sure. Discover 10 days ago. I had. Thyroid cancer 2y?

I feel a pea  lump on lower neck left side above clavicle. It seems to be getting smaller but not sure. Discover 10 days ago. I had. Thyroid cancer 2y?

Not to worry: I t may be just a lymp node that reacts with some inflammation within that area, and it is getting smaller.But you need to see your doctor for proper evaluation. You also need to follow up with your oncologist /or endo. Doc about your thyroid cancer regularly. ...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. Arthur Balin
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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