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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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How can you tell the difference between lymph nodes and thyroid cancer since both are hypoechoic?

How can you tell the difference between lymph nodes and thyroid cancer since both are hypoechoic?

Biopsy: Well, the thyroid gland and lymphnodes are quite different and are located anatomically different as well. Some nearby nodes may be difficult to tell on ultrasound, but a biopsy sure can! good luck. ...Read more

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What are odds cancer was missed when had scope, would they have seen thyroid, lymph nodes ect. and if cancer not the reason for scope would they noti?

Anxious?: I don't think anyone can give you odds. We don't know the providers, the labs, what you told them, etc., etc. But - you sound very anxious and that is not good for you. Consider a psych eval and some therapy to guide you in how to manage your medical anxiety most effectively. There is a balance between ignoring your symptoms and being captive to them. I really can help. For now, talk to provider. ...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 best way to clean it all up. Follow the advice of your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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In 2011 i got diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Since treatment I have abnormal lyphnodes frm neck 2 groin I don't know y. I have a family histry of luekemia?

See your doctor: The details of your primary treatment are important. Did you have a total thyroidectomy? Did they remove nodes from under the thyroid(central neck dissection)? Did you have radioactive iodine treatment? You should probably visit back with the surgeon or endocrinologist for evaluation of these new findings. The groin is prob not related, but also should have an ultrasound and biopsy. ...Read more

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Why do lymph nodes have to be removed during some cancer treatments?

Why do lymph nodes have to be removed during some cancer treatments?

Staging / treatment: Lymph node removal might be part of surgical management, for instance in head/neck cancers. But examination of lymph nodes is also important for staging purposes, to see if the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes. The stage of a cancer indicates whether a tumor is early or advanced, and oncologists use this information to determine what the appropriate therapy should be. ...Read more

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7 months post radioiodin therapy for thyroid cancer. No lymph nodes involvement at that time. But I have tender, sowllen neck ln?

Thyroid ca follow up: There are many complexities to the follow up of thyroid cancer, and you need to be followed by an Endocrinologist. An ultrasound and a blood thyroglobulin would be helpful now. Following the RAI, was there uptake in the region of that lymph node? This swollen LN could be recurrence of thyroid ca, or it could be unrelated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have enlarged lymph nodes with hoshimotos hyper thyroidism ? And why they need a biopsy ?

Is it possible to have enlarged lymph nodes with hoshimotos  hyper thyroidism ? And why they need a biopsy ?

Yes: Anybody can have nodes. Your physician wants to biopsy them because hashimoto's puts you at extra risk for malignant lymphoma, and even if the nodes aren't that worrisome, he wants to cover himself and you. ...Read more

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What is cure rate for testicular mixed (ec + yolk) cancer stage iiia (few enlarged retroperit. Lymph nodes max 2.5 CM and two small lung nodes <6mm)?

What is cure rate for testicular mixed (ec + yolk) cancer stage iiia (few enlarged retroperit. Lymph nodes max 2.5 CM and two small lung nodes <6mm)?

Improving: Over all prognosis is pretty good due recent advances in chemotherapy used to be decimal couple of decades ago., approaching 90% . You have to speak to the oncologist , as the statistics constantly changing to better .Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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