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Thyroid Cancer And Frequent Nose Bleeds
Rectal bleeding, right ovary multiple developing cysts that measure 2.8x2.5x8.X3.1, should I be concerned? History of thyroid cancer & hysterectomy
Rectal bleeding...: Bleeding per rectum may originate in the anal canal, the rectum, or further up the line. Frequent anal sources of bleeding include hemorrhoids & fissures, but your history raises further questions & warrants concern. Similar bleeds can be seen with anal & rectal cancer, infections, ischemic colitis, diverticular bleeds, inflammatory bowel, etc. Your doctor will direct testing & treatment. ...Read more
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
My son is 11 since he was like 3 he has been having random nose bleed and migrains, he also grinds his teeth is this a sign of a brain tumor? Am concerned as I have had thyroid cancer.
Had 2 CT head scans without contrast in 2 months. 29 yo. Could this cause thyroid cancer? Is thyroid exposed during scan? Tech said no. Beg to differ.
No worries: A couple of head CT scans does not cause brain cancer, eye cancer, nose cancer, throat cancer, ear cancer, neck cancer, thyroid cancer, or any other cancer. No worries. That said, a head CT is sometimes used to look for a cancer tumor. That means although a head CT does not cause cancer, the scan can cause you to find the cancer you were looking for, if you were suspecting and looking for a tumor. ...Read more
Do I have thyroid cancer.? I have pain in my throat the feeling of having a cut inside my throat I have headaches on different parts of my head mild
Many possibilities: Please don't leap to conclusions. The only way to k now what is going on is to see y our doc for a diagnosis. There are many other possibilities. Peace and good health. ...Read more
My fiancé has nickel sized knots on her head, like 5 or 6. Her mom has thyroid cancer and I'm worried. What do we do?
Can thyroid cancer couse swelling and pain in the neck on the left side, back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting, menses irregul?
FNA nodule, AFIRMA result suspic thyroid cancer had tot thyroidectomy, pathology has entire specimen yet can't determine if cancer or not why?
False-pos Afirma?: Afirma testing has been in clinical use for several years. It now appears that Afirma testing is clinically useful when it is negative and not when it is positive. This has been my experience and I am not sure there is supporting data regarding this. So, in your case, the Afirma test was probably falsely positive, and that the nodule was benign. My best guess. ...Read more
I need radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. I am scheduled for the small RAI dose (before whole body scan) on 9/6 and the body scan is on 9/8. Is it adequate to do the scan 2 days after the pill? Isn't the scan is usually after 24 hours?
Yes it is adequate to do the scan two days apart. There is more information to be had when the two studies are completed and discussed with with your thyroid specialist.
Please let me know how things go.
PS: The medical facilities in Philadelphia are superb. ...Read more
I had my thyroid removed in 1991 due to thyroid cancer, have been on Synthroid until approx 9 months ago. . I was really sick before Christmas this year and thought it was the flu. . . dr. Did a thyroid blood test and ths level is 477. . . he said t
Must take thyroid: I don't know what your question is, but it appears that you were not taking Synthroid (thyroxine) for many months. This is very dangerous. Your body requires thyroid hormone to function correctly. Since you had your thyroid removed, there is no alternative to taking thyroid hormone. Having had thyroid cancer, it is essential that the TSH be normal. ...Read more
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
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
THere are: No foods that you need to avoid, but you need to follow your doctor's instructions on treatment. ...Read more
Typical one...: Exposure to radiation-- XRT for other cancers, Chernobyl folks ...Read more
ENT: Find an ENT (ear nose throat physician) to evaluate you. An ultrasound would be the most common first step, but since you say you are worried that you might have thyroid cancer, you may have already had one; ultrasounds sometimes create uncertainty by showing nonspecific thyroid nodules. An ENT can evaluate you as an individual and decide what would be the next best step. ...Read more
Why?: Why would you obsess about something that you do not have? ...Read more
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
No: Thyroid tumors are associated with a stimulatory factor arising in the pituitary. Asbestos causes problems when the dust arising from the handling of asbestos gets into the respiratory tract. Under this situation many so exposed develop mesothelisoma of the lining of the lung totally unassociated with thyroid cancer which can also arise in early age from exposure of to H&N radiation. ...Read more
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
Usually very good: I can't give one definitive answer as it will depend on the specific type of thyroid cancer and the stage at diagnosis. There are at least 4 different types: Papillary, Follicular, Medullary and Analplastic. The good news is that the most common types of thyroid cancer, (Papillary and follicular), especially at stages I or II have excellent prognosis with treatment and are very rarely fatal. ...Read more
Not really: Even a blood test requires a needle stick -- and the needle stick for a fine needle aspiration of the thyroid gland is even smaller! Symptoms say a lot -- but confirmation requires some sort of "invasive" procedure. Smile -- it is not so painful or difficult to do. ...Read more
See a doctor: You have to see your doctor and follow all recommendations from your doctor. ...Read more
Depends on Stage: Hi. Recurrence rates for papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) are low overall. Recurrence does depend on PTC staging. I don't know any details about your cancer, but the endocrinologist running your case (who arranged the radioactive iodine therapy) should be able to tell you the stage and give you some sense of risk of recurrence. You probably have a very good prognosis! To your health! ...Read more
Unlikely: What Ayurveda diagnostic and therapeutic modalities do you have in mind? There are effective, surgical and non-surgical treatments for thyroid cancer. Do not delay treatment trying ayurveda, see what happened to steve jobs because he delayed treatment of his cancer trying out alternative treatements. ...Read more
Depends entirely: Upon the type of thyroid cancer and extent of previous treatment. Assuming that it is papillary cancer, the most common type, and that you already had surgery and radiation, the most common form of treatment, you need to be on thyroid replacement meds. You should also get an imaging study to make sure that all of the cancer has been removed. Talk to your doctor about proper follow up. ...Read more
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
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