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Hello, biopsy of my thyroid showed 5-15% atypical cells. What does that mean? Is that cancer? What are the next steps that are recommended? Thank you.

Hello, biopsy of my thyroid showed 5-15% atypical cells. What does that mean? Is that cancer? What are the next steps that are recommended? Thank you.

Ask your physician: The dr who ordered or did the biopsy needs to interpret the findings for you. A specialist here might help, but you still need to ask your dr. Don't jump to the conclusion of cancer - thyroids can have a wide variety of problems - not only cancers. There are even types of cancers. Your doctor will suggest the next steps - it may include blood labs, imaging, etc. I've been there! no cancer at all. ...Read more

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

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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Please would like to know what is meant by thyroid shows well defined follicular neoplasm composed of cells with granular cyloplasm , is it cancer?

Please would like to know what is meant by thyroid shows well defined follicular neoplasm composed of cells with granular cyloplasm , is it cancer?

Need to discuss: With your doctor/endocrinologist. Need more information such as clinical picture, ultrasound results, lab tests etc. This is too important to get diagnosed over the internet. ...Read more

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I had a thyroid biopsy of a single nodule which shows dysplasia. Could it still be cancer if it shows precancerous cells on biopsy?

I had a thyroid biopsy of a single nodule which shows dysplasia. Could it still be cancer if it shows precancerous cells on biopsy?

It could be: Thyroid nodules are quite common. Many of them are benign but cancer is not uncommon in the thyroid gland. The needle biopsy can misread them. So the safest course is to have excision removal anytime there is suspicion like in your case: dysplasia, usually implies abnormal cells which can be cancerous. ...Read more

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Nodule 2cm found on neck. One biopsy said atypia cells and I was told I had cancer. Went to endo she said its benign with 2nd biopsy on thyroid. Now ?

Nodule 2cm found on neck. One biopsy said atypia cells and I was told I had cancer. Went to endo she said its benign with 2nd biopsy on thyroid. Now ?

FNA: Sounds like you had a fine needle aspirate of the thyroid. You may have gotten the diagnosis of a follicular lesion. It is difficult on a needle aspirate to differentiate a,follicular adenoma,from carcinoma,and from a hyperplastic nodule. The tissue diagnosis nay have been more specific . Get a second opinion and gave an expert pathologist review your slides and biopsies. ...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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Thyroidectomy & thyroglobulin levels i had my right thyroid gland removed in april 2011 and then when they did the biopsy, it showed cancer cells so they had to remove my left thyroid gland the following week. I had rai in july 2011. I had my 6 month foll

Thyroidectomy & thyroglobulin levels i had my right thyroid gland removed in april 2011 and then when they did the biopsy, it showed cancer cells so they had to remove my left thyroid gland the following week. I had rai in july 2011. I had my 6 month foll

Persistent: Thyroglobulin levels may remain elevated after a total thyroidectomy and rai due to persistent tumor cells in neck lymph nodes, distant metastasis, or residual thyroid tissue remaining from the time of surgery. Some additional tests, like a neck ultrasound and/or a thyroid metastasis scan can be helpful in obtaining an answer. ...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?

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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Does rai normally eradicate the cancer cells in metastatic sites of papillary thyroid carcinoma? Or does it only reduce the tumors in these sites?

Does rai normally eradicate the cancer cells in metastatic sites of papillary thyroid carcinoma? Or does it only reduce the tumors in these sites?

Eradicate: Rai can eradicate thyroid cancer cells from distant sites such as the lung or bone. It may not be completely effective with everyone, however, as some tumor cells at these distant sites have lost the ability to take up the iodine like normal thyroid cells can. In such cases, repeat and/or higher doses may be required. ...Read more

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My fna of thyroid revealed groups of epithelial cells in macrofollicular patterns. Are these bad/pre-cancer cells? What should follow up treatment be?

My fna of thyroid revealed groups of epithelial cells in macrofollicular patterns. Are these bad/pre-cancer cells? What should follow up treatment be?

Ask your doctor.: Epithelial cells in macrofollicular patterns are usually benign thyroid cells and are usually not associated with a premalignant or malignant process. This is good news. Ask the doctor who ordered the fna to help you interpret the report and to answer your questions. That person will be able to give you information in the context of your personal clinical setting. ...Read more

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I had my thyroid compleyly removed the doctor said it did not spread to the lymph nodes but wants to give me a radioactive iodine treatment she said there was some tissure around the trachea area that may have cancer cells in it but they were unable to

I had my thyroid compleyly removed the doctor said it did not spread to the lymph nodes  but wants to give me a radioactive iodine treatment  she said there was some tissure around the trachea area that may have cancer cells in it but they were unable to

No right answer: If the tumor was a papillary or follicular lesion, had no aggressive features and was less than a cm many would hold rai. The advantage of doing rai occurs if you have thyroglobulin. You should seek an opinion from a thyroidologist. ...Read more

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3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

Not necessarily...: The fact that FNA was reported as benign, the nodule is unlikely to be malignant. Small droplets of benign colloid often mimic "microcalcificatins" of papillary tumor, hence caution is advised. I would suggest repeating the FNA, and consider also collecting samples for gene profiling studies, such as, those manufactured by Veracyte and Asuragen (Note:I have no financial/other interest.) ...Read more

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Cancer cells in a lymph node in the neck, how serious can it be?

Cancer cells in a lymph node in the neck, how serious can it be?

Depends on origin: Thyroid cancer to neck nodes is not as worrisome as cancer from other sites. Lymphomas are more treatable. Head and neck cancers to neck nodes still have a cure possibility. Overall anything besides lymphoma or thyroid it is not a good finding when cancer goes to lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Does eugenol increase or decrease the effect of radiotherapy in head and neck equamus cell cancer?

Does eugenol increase or decrease the effect of radiotherapy in head and neck  equamus cell cancer?

No effect known.: Eugenol is a chemical responsible for the aroma of cloves. It has many uses, including perfumery, flavoring, and in formulating insect attractants. It even kills human colon cancer cell lines in vitro. But it does not appear to have an effect on radiotherapy, let alone radiotherapy in head and neck squamous cell cancer. This is treated with radiotherapy and surgery and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

I had a lymph node biopsy (neck) that came back atypical cells. What does this mean and how likely is this cancer?

More investigation: Atypical cells means that the pathologist saw cells that weren't definitive for cancer, but were abnormal. These can be due to a number of things (infection, poor fixation, radiation, cancer, etc.), but rendering this diagnosis either means the pathologist will do special tests to determine this or lets your clinician know they may need more tissue if they are still suspicious. ...Read more

Precancerous (Definition)

A precancerous condition (or premalignant condition) is a generalized state associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to cancer. Premalignant lesion is a morphologically altered tissue in which cancer is more likely to occur than ...Read more


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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