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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?

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 more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms that thyroid cancer has spread to lungs or kidneys?

Doctors, what are the symptoms that thyroid cancer has spread to lungs or kidneys?

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

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What to do if I have thyroid cancer that spread to my chest. Any suggestions?

What to do if I have thyroid cancer that spread to my chest. Any suggestions?

See a doctor: You have to see your doctor and follow all recommendations from your doctor. ...Read more

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Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs treatable?

Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs treatable?

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

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Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs cureable?

Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs cureable?

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 years with repeat treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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What is lung hyperplasia? Related to thyroid cancer?

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What is lung hyperplasia? Related to thyroid cancer?

No.: Lung hyperplasia would be the overgrowth of lung tissue in a benign manner, that is essentially extra normal tissue, not cancer. There is no relationship with thyroid cancer. ...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 as well. 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 as well. 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 as well. ...Read more

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How can thyroid cancer cause wheezing? I read somewhere about it and I'm confused. I thought wheezing comes from the lungs.

How can thyroid cancer cause wheezing? I read somewhere about it and I'm confused. I thought wheezing comes from the lungs.

Compressed trachea: In the late stages, before it actually strangles you, a neglected or inoperable thyroid cancer will cause narrowing of the trachea (windpipe). You'll hear the breathing sounds through the narrowed tube and if someone wishes to call this wheezing, it's just a minor error. If you have any concerns that you have thyroid cancer, please get seen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce cancer risk after CT scan (chest). I m worried about thyroid cancer as it is related to chest CT scan.

What can be done to reduce cancer risk after CT scan (chest).  I m worried about thyroid cancer as it is related to chest CT scan.

Don't worry: Hello — the radiation exposure from one ct scan is low. You do not need to worry about thyroid cancer because of a ct. We are exposed to radiation throughout our normal daily routines and when we fly. If you'd like you can limit other exposures. Request pat-downs at security at airports instead of the scanner for example. I don't think you need to do anything, however. ...Read more

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Can chest CT scan puts me at the higher risk of thyroid cancer? Chest CT was done with contrast. Can contrast used in chest CT damage thyroid?

Can chest CT scan puts me at the higher risk of thyroid cancer? Chest CT was done with contrast. Can contrast used in chest CT damage thyroid?

Yes, no: There is some evidence that chest ct could put one at higher risk for thyroid cancer — but almost all of these suggest that it is dose dependent and that it would take repeated scans/exposure to elevate the risk. You can request protective covering for thyroid if need additional scans. The contrast used will not cause thyroid damage or disease. ...Read more

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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 without missing your appointment. ...Read more

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Is there any relationship between BRAF V600E with worse prognosis in papillary thyroid cancer? I have this mutation, will I be resist to RAI 131?

May or may not influ: BRAF mutation is common in Papillary Thyroid cancer. Some data suggests that it may make the prognosis worse but it is not well-established and therefore does not affect initial choice of treatment like Radioactive Iodine use and its effectiveness. ...Read more

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How do I know if the thyroid cancer has spread?

How do I know if the thyroid cancer has spread?

Blood test, nuc scan: Blood tests for thyroglobulin(tg) are very sensitive for persistent thyroid cancer. Tg is only found in active thyroid cells, and after surgery and rai ablation, there should not be any cells or tg left. Blood tests for tg can show if thyroid cancer is still present, and nuclear scans with a diagnostic or therapeutic dose of radioactive iodine can show where thyroid cancer is still present. ...Read more

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My grandpa has thyroid cancer and i wanna ask if the cancer spreads, can radiation cure it?

Thyroid cancer: The most common types of thyroid cancer are treated with surgery and a dose of radio-iodine after the surgery (depending on certain features of the cancer). Radiation can be used in certain instances, but is not curative. Your grandfather's thyroid surgeon can help you with this question. ...Read more

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Can papillary or follicular thyroid cancer spread quickly? Or is the only fast spreading thyroid cancer anaplastic?

Please see below: Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are referred to as differentiated thyroid cancer, which means that the cancer cells look and act in some respects like normal thyroid cells.
Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers account for more than 90% of all thyroid cancers. They tend to grow very slowly. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer spread to the brain?

Can thyroid cancer spread to the brain?

Thyroid cancer: It is extremely rare for thyroid cancer to spread to the brain. If it occurs, it usually has spread to other places in the boxt ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer spread to the brain?

Can thyroid cancer spread to the brain?

Yes but rare: Thyroid cancers do spread (meta) to brain less frequently. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer spread to the gallblader?

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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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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How do I like she confirm thyroid cancer not spread (staging info) before surgery? Http://www.Bbc. Co. Uk/news/world-latin-america-16342

Staging: Staging typically involves the use of imaging and surgery. We use the tools of physical exam, ct scans, mri's, bone scans, and now pet scans to determine if a cancer has spread beyond the originating organ. During surgery, lymph nodes are often dissected out and put under a microscope to see if tumor cells have moved into them, a sign that a cancer has metastasized. ...Read more

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Had tt a year and 3 months ago for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. I haven't had rai. On the average did the cancer spread to other organs?

Thyroid: Papillary metastasizes outside the neck only about 10-15% of patients while local lymph nodes nay occur in up to 50% of patients. You should get rai if you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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How fast does papillary thyroid cancer spread. Can I give myself 3 months for complete checks. Fna and molecular marker tests by www.Veracyte. Com?

How fast does papillary thyroid cancer spread. Can I give myself 3 months for complete checks. Fna and molecular marker tests by www.Veracyte. Com?

Not fast: By far most common thyroid cancer. Highly curable, with very good likelihood that you will live normal lfe span. Must be treated by medical oncologist and/or endocrinologist; am not either one, so can't supply details about the testing you are talking about. Let your physician guide the frequency of follow up. ...Read more

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No rai after 2 years of tt for pap thyroid cancer that spread to nearby lymph nodes, though I was asked to have rai. Did the cancer spread to othr parts?

No rai after 2 years of tt for pap thyroid cancer that spread to nearby lymph nodes, though I was asked to have rai. Did the cancer spread to othr parts?

Thyroid cancer: From your "clinical findings", I see you've had a neg ultrasound and neg thyroglob. You should be on levothyroxine with a low tsh. All this is good, but there still could be small foci of cancer, although at age 81 such cancer may not impact you. Rai is the best way to clean it all up. Follow the advice of your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can metastatic papillary thyroid cancer spread to the parathyroid? Is this rare? Can recurrent pap thyroid cancer show up on parathyroid?

Can metastatic papillary thyroid cancer spread to the parathyroid? Is this rare? Can recurrent pap thyroid cancer show up on parathyroid?

parathyroid: Presumably you have had surgery followed by radioactive iodine. This could damage the parathyroid and cause hypoparathyroidism, although this usually does not happen. Thyroid cancer spreads locally (within the neck), and that could damage the parathyroids more, but again, this does not usually happen. Check this out with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Papillary thyroid cancer right next to carotid artery ... Could the cancer have spread to carotid? Does this location warrant any special concerns?

Papillary thyroid cancer right next to carotid artery ... Could the cancer have spread to carotid? Does this location warrant any special concerns?

Get it treated: Papillary thyroid cancer can't invade artery. This is actually a common situation for papillary thyroid CA and won't affect its curability. So far as I know, it does not even make the surgery more challenging. ...Read more

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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers. ...Read more

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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