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Prognosis Of Thyroid Cancer That Has Spread To Lungs
What is the prognosis for papillary thyroid cancer that spread to the lungs? I read it is normally not more than 5 years survival rate? Is that true?
Variable: The rate of survival in patients with papillary thyroid cancer with distant metastases is variable. Considering patients with small lung metastases but no other spread outside of the neck, the 10-year survival rate is roughly 30 to 50 percent. Higher survival rates have been reported in patients whose pulmonary mets were detected only by radioiodine imaging. Being over 80 hurts your prognosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Usually none: Thyroid cancers can spread to lymph nodes in the neck, lungs, or bones. It can spread to other areas but it's rare for it to spread to the kidneys. When it spreads to the lungs, it does not usually cause symptoms until late in the course of the disease. If you have concerns, please talk to your thyroid surgeon or endocrinologist. ...Read more
Most likely not: Thyroid cancer that has spreaded to the lung is unlikely to be curable. However, there are treatments available to control the disease such as radioactive iodine if the cancer cells would pick up iodine. Patient can be treated and maintained with good quality life for many many years with repeat treatment if necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Difficult.: It is treatable, but the cure rates are difficult once thyroid cancer has spread to the lungs. If this is not a hypothetical question for you or someone you know, there is limited data that a tyrosine kinase inhibitor may be helpful; it would at least be worth inquiring with your physician for their thoughts on the subject. ...Read more
Should we go for an X-ray or a cat scan for possible lung metastasis from papillary thyroid cancer?(age 82)
Chest congestion & lots throat clearing, many choking episods specialy during sleep.Had pap thyroid cancer & didn't follow for rai. Is it lung cancer?
Conclusions: Don't jump to conclusions. Don't feel guilty about the rai, just get it checked out so you can stop guessing what's happening. ...Read more
Is prognosis good in those under 45yo with 2.2cm tumor, papillary thyroid cancer, no lymph node involvement or current evidence of spread?
Excellent: Very good prognosis have all good favorable indicators young age, localized smaller size of tumor , with no spread , equally good type is papillary tumor, consider this as good news , go for follow up regularly with out missing your appointment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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