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Could you tell me if someone has thyroid cancer wouldn't the CBC blood test show that something was abnormal?

Could you tell me if someone has thyroid cancer wouldn't the CBC blood test show that something was abnormal?

Cancer: Likely not. The cancer if it spread would likely just affect local structures. Ultrasound is the best method to detect it. Certain lab tests screen for certain types of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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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Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound ? If not how do they find it?

Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound ? If not how do they find it?

Thyroid cancer: Hello. Unfortunately cancer of the thyroid will not show up on an ultrasound. A nodule or a growth in the thyroid can be seen and identified. A tissue or needle biopsy is needed to examine the cells for cancer. An excisional biopsy if needed will provide the pathologist the entire gland which then will be examined and a diagnosis rendered. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. history of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?

Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal.   history of thyroid cancer in family.  Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice?  Get 2nd opinion?

Sounds Ok: Annual re-examination is usually fine, and if any of the nodules reveal 15-20% growth, sampling with a needle (biopsy) can be considered at that time. ...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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Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

Who usually gets thyroid cancer?

Anyone: Anyone can get thyroid cancer. Your risk is higher if you have a family history of thyroid cancer or if you were exposed to excess radiation to the neck when you were younger. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of thyroid cancer?

What are the different stages of thyroid cancer?

Thyroid ca stage: If you are under 45, you can only be stage I in the thyroid or II with distant mets to the lungs, etc. Over 45, the staging is more proscriptive. T1 less than 1 cm. T2 1-4 cm. T3 (liothyronine) > 4 cm. T4 extra thyroidal extension. Nodal metastasis is staged N1a for central neck nodes, N1b for lateral neck nodes. M1 is for distant mets. ...Read more

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If I had thyroid cancer, would I be able to tell?

If I had thyroid cancer, would I be able to tell?

Depends: The common types of thyroid cancer are slow growing and are typically not associated with physical symptoms. Unless the cancer is in a big thyroid mass (> 2 cm), you might not feel anything. The best way to evaluate for thyroid cancer is to have a thyroid ultrasound so you can see the gland visually. If abnormalities are seen on this exam, a thyroid blood test and thyroid uptake & scan is needed. ...Read more

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What happens if thyroid cancer is left untreated?

What happens if thyroid cancer is left  untreated?

Thyroid cancer: Potentially good prognosis on treated patients depending on type. If left untreated can grow locally or can spread to other places. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of thyroid cancer?

What are the most common causes of thyroid cancer?

Mostly unknown: The cause of thyroid cancer is not known in most cases. Exposure to x-rays in childhood, and genetic defects are seen in a minority of the cases. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/thyroid-cancer/ds00492. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors involved with thyroid cancer?

What are the risk factors involved with thyroid cancer?

Multiple...: Thyroid cancer can have a number of risk factors. Most notably are a family history of thyroid cancer in a first degree relative, like a mother, father or silbing, but also a history of radiation to the head and neck region. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

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


Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more