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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Overview)

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 (thyroidectomy) and possibly radioiodine.


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How fast does thyroid cancer grow?

How fast does thyroid cancer grow?

Usually Slow.: It depends on the type of thyroid cancer but the most common type, papillary thyroid cancer, usually grows and spreads slowly. There is another very rare type, anaplastic thyroid cancer that grows very fast and is usually lethal. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
321 doctors shared insights

Thyroid Cancer (Overview)

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 (thyroidectomy) and possibly radioiodine.


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Thyroid cancer symptoms start out as how?

Thyroid cancer symptoms start out as how?

Lump in the neck: Thyroid cancers may produce a lump in neck over the thyroid; if functional, the tumor may express as hyperthyroidism and cause rapid heart rate, palpitations, weight loss, intolerance to heat etc. Many cancers may be asymptomatic and may only be picked up during a physical examination. Some may not become apparent till metastases develop in the local lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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See dermatologist for check ups
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Can you have signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

Can you have signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

Yes: Microcalcifications, unusual shape, increased blood flow, associated abnormal lymph nodes, and growth beyond the thyroid capsule are all signs of a thyroid malignancy. ...Read more

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A friend of me got the diagnosis of thyroid cancer yesterday. He is scheduled for surgery on monday. Wondering about the statistics and prospects?

A friend of me got the diagnosis of thyroid cancer yesterday. He is scheduled for surgery on monday. Wondering about the statistics and prospects?

Most thyroid: Cancers respond well to surgery and other modalities with an excellent chance of long term survival. Others, unfortunately, have a much worse prognosis. It depends upon what they find at surgery. Check the american thyroid assoc. Website for more info. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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I was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Please help me figure out what to do?

I was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Please help me figure out what to do?

Thyroid cancer: First find out what"kind" it is -- papillary is less aggressive than medullary. Then seek out an excellent neck surgeon for total thyroidectomy. If they discover spread into lymph nodes you may have to have radiation after thyroid is removed. Seek out a major center with multiple specialists including surgeon, radiation oncologist, endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is anaplastic thyroid cancer?

An aggressive tumor: This is an aggressive form of thyroid cancer that can come back rapidly and is general treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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If all your thyroid tests come out negative and you have nodules, is it possible you could have thyroid cancer?

If all your thyroid tests come out negative and you have nodules, is it possible you could have thyroid cancer?

Unlikely: Thyroid nodules are very common and most of them (95%) are not cancerous. Depending on how big and what they look like on the ultrasound, you might need a biopsy. Talk to your doc about your options. At the very least, don't poo poo them. Get another ultrasound in 1 year to monitor for changes. ...Read more

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Can you give blood if you have thyroid cancer?

Can you give blood if you have thyroid cancer?

Probably not: This is a really good question. I would check with yout local blood bank but as far as i know, the only 2 cancers that will allow you to donate blood are: basal cell carcinoma of the skin and carcinoma in-situ of the cervix. ...Read more

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Can asbestos exposure cause thyroid cancer?

Can asbestos exposure cause thyroid cancer?

Mesothelioma (lung): No doubt. Asbestos exposure - especially long term - causes mesothelioma. It is not safe and harms health in many ways, but there is no established connection to any of the thyroid cancers. Here's a related link: http://scottieleemeyers.Com/2012/01/05/post-office-employees-battle-thyroid-cancer/ best wishes for your health. ...Read more

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My TSH level was 0.215 on 12/17/13 and was 0.584 on 5/21/13. I've been taking my meds the same. Could this mean my thyroid cancer has returned?

My TSH level was 0.215 on 12/17/13 and was 0.584 on 5/21/13. I've been taking my meds the same. Could this mean my thyroid cancer has returned?

No, don't worry!: Tsh is not made by thryoid cancer! it's made by your body to stimulate your thyroid to produce hormones. Tsh can stimulate thyroid cancer cells, too, so the medicine you take is to keep your TSH level as low as possible. The fact that your TSH has risen might be a sign that you need to take a higher dose of your medication. This is something you should ask your doctor about! ...Read more

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What happens to iodine-131 in the body after it has been used to treat thyroid cancer?

What happens to iodine-131 in the body after it has been used to treat thyroid cancer?

Same as plan iodine: You ingest iodine every day - in salt, salty foods, seafood, many breads, & red food coloring. The thyroid absorbs what it needs; the rest is excreted into the urine (+ a little into sweat, saliva, and other secretions). The i-131 atoms that decay in the thyroid cells (and give off beta and gamma energy that kills thyroid cells) become nonradioactive xenon-131 atoms, and are breathed out. ...Read more

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Howv should I treat metastatic thyroid cancer?

Howv should I treat metastatic thyroid cancer?

Radioactive iodine: Following surgery to remove the thyroid gland and surrounding lymph nodes, radioactive iodine( rai) is commonly used. Thyroid cells have a unique ability to take up iodine is our body. So any lingering cells would absorb the rai and be killed. This can treat cells spread outside the neck too. If there is a bone tumor, external beam radiation can relieve the pain. Clinical trials also an option. ...Read more

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Every since being diagnosed & treated for thyroid cancer in 2010 I am paranoid & scared of every pain I have in my body. Normal or no?

Normal: Even though it's thyroid cancer, it still cancer and affected you psychologically the same. It's good to be "in tune" with your body as long as you don't obssess about it. I recommend close medical follow up with your physicians, maintain good hydration and activity level. Try yoga. It's cleansing both mentally and physically. ...Read more

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Treating thyroid cancer with armour, is this good or bad? Why do I see it ok with holistic dr.S but not so much with my endocrinologist?

Old-fashioned: Endocrinologists do not like Armour Thyroid because it's hard to standardize. I defer to them. Be very sure to tell your primary treating physician for your cancer about any "holistic" meds. ...Read more

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What are possible side effects of treatments for thyroid cancer?

What are possible side effects of treatments for thyroid cancer?

Surgery or I 131: Thyroid cancer is usually treated with surgery then radioactive iodine. Complications of surgery are uncommon but include risks of infection, bleeding, hoarseness, and low calcium . Complications from iodine therapy are also rare and include dry mouth, aches and pains, and others. All these problems are relatively uncommon: discuss with your md's. ...Read more

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What is the cure for thyroid cancer?

Surgery then I-131: The first step is to have a thyroidectomy (ie, have a surgeon take it out). If the tumor is very small, you may be done at that point. If it is not small, most people will opt to have radioactive iodine (i-131) treatment after surgery. That is by far the most common 1-2 punch for thyroid cancer, and it generally works quite well. ...Read more

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Best treatment for thyroid cancer? Is it better to just take out the side of the thyroid with the cancer or get rid of the whole thing? If you keep part of your thyroid, could that get cancer later? If i get rid of the whole thing, which is better: radioa

Hemithyroidectomy: If the cancer can be removed by "hemi"thyroidectomy, go for it. The likelihood of getting a thyroid cancer in the remnant is low, and without a thyorid you will betaking pills the rest of your life. As for getting rid of the whole thing, surgery is probably a bit better than radioablation, although if radioablation fails you can always do surgery later. We can predict how well RA will work. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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