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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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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 soon would lymphoma symptoms start after the cancer begins to develop?

How soon would lymphoma symptoms start after the cancer begins to develop?

Hard to tell: There are many types of lymphoma. Some are very slow growing and may present only with a slightly enlarged lymph node. This might take years to cause other symptoms. Some lymphomas are very rapidly growing and present with multiple symptoms. Anything in between is possible. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 10 months too early to see these symptoms of hiv?

Need help. Is 10 months too early to see these symptoms of hiv?

Depends...: The answer depends.... If you are talking about symptoms of acute hiv, these may occur within 2 to 4 weeks of infection and may last a week. However, not everyone gets the symptoms of acute hiv. If you are talking about symptoms of HIV associated with later more advanced disease, then usually this may take a few years before seeing symptoms like weight loss, fevers, night sweats. ...Read more

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When will u start showing up symptoms of testicular cancer, stage 1, 2 or 3?.. What kind of symptoms will u experience, what would it feel like, how long does it take for it progress

When will u start showing up symptoms of testicular cancer, stage 1, 2 or 3?.. What kind of symptoms will u experience, what would it feel like, how long does it take for it progress

May be vague: A testicular mass is usually palpable eventually though the cancer may have spread first. Just feeling ill, weight loss, a sense of heaviness, cough if it's gotten to the lungs, perhaps swollen feet if it's gotten to the retroperitoneum. The testicular cancers of young men are usually curable nowadays. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you get as early symptoms of mouth cancer?

What do you get as early symptoms of mouth cancer?

Unfortunately, None: Like most dangerous diseases and conditions, there are no symptoms in the early stages. However, there can be some characteristic visual changes, but they're often hard for people to see, since they're in the mouth or throat. Any sore that doesn't go away in a couple of weeks needs to be examined. Any area that changes color, itches, bleeds, or becomes raised and/or rough needs to be seen too. ...Read more

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I'm taking Forteo, what lab tests, protein should be run to rule out pre-existing undiagnosed cancer as I am taking Forteo and risk of bone cancer.

I'm taking Forteo,  what lab tests, protein should be run to rule out pre-existing undiagnosed  cancer as I am taking Forteo and risk of bone cancer.

Don't worry: Hi. I always check a PTH before starting Forteo (among other labs too). But Forteo is NOT a bone cancer risk in humans. If you're had therapeutic radiation to the skeleton, it should usually be avoided to be on the cautious side. But we have patients with constitutively elevated PTH for years (even decades), and they DON't get osteosarcoma. In appropriate patients, Forteo is the best for osteoporo ...Read more

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With hashimoto's disease how long does it take for the thyroid gland to get better?

With hashimoto's disease how long does it take for the thyroid gland to get better?

With Medication: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland (painless). Lymphocytes enter the gland to cause inflammation and scarring. The damage is usually permanent. Fortunately, with the availability of thyroid hormone replacement, levothyroxine, it is a very easy condition to manage- 1 pill daily. It can take weeks to feel better after starting medicine, but it works! ...Read more

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How soon do symptoms of pregnancy start to appear?

How soon do symptoms of pregnancy start to appear?

Varies: Some women have symptoms like tingling of the breasts even before a missed period. Others may have no symptoms other than missed period. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-am-i-pregnant. ...Read more

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When will anxiety, tiredness, etc. Symptoms of parathyroids get better after surgery?

When will anxiety, tiredness, etc. Symptoms of parathyroids get better after surgery?

Very quickly: Any of these symptoms that are truly from the hyperparathyroidism typically go away within hours to days. You may wake up frim surgery with some symptoms completely gone.However, there can be many other reasons for these symptoms, and it is impossible to predict beforehand with any certainty which ones will go away after surgical removal of the problem gland(s). ...Read more

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Thyroid nodules 5mm and 7mm. Biopsy is papillary cancer. How many rai treatments needed? How long after rai can I try to get pregnant?

Thyroid nodules 5mm and 7mm. Biopsy is papillary cancer. How many rai treatments needed? How long after rai can I try to get pregnant?

Maybe none: For a papillary carcinoma <1 cm (which both of yours are), if there is no lymph-vascular invasion and no other primaries, you have <3 total primary tumors -- and so you don't need to have rai therapy. If there are more than 3, then it is usually based on weight, lymph-vascular invasion, and size of the tumors. I would wait 6 months before trying to get pregnant after the surgery (and/or rai). ...Read more

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How can one find out if thyroid disease?

How can one find out if  thyroid disease?

Basic start: For any basic health concern, start with your primary care doctor. You'll get a blood test for the hormones: tsh, t4, t3 (liothyronine), (liothyronine) free t4, free t3 (liothyronine). They will also be able to get hints from the physical examination of your neck and body. Thyroid overactivity: high heart rate, palpitations/heart flutter, weight loss, heat intolerance thyroid underactivity: poor memory, weight gain, cold intolerance. ...Read more

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How does a doctor know/DX thyroid cancer when all they check is your tsh?

How does a doctor know/DX thyroid cancer when all they check is your tsh?

More info needed: It is not possible to diagnose thyroid cancer from a TSH alone. A definite diagnosis is made with examination of a sample of thyroid tissue. ...Read more

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Could you with thyroid disease still get thyroid cancer?

Could you with thyroid disease still get thyroid cancer?

Thyroid disease?: You will need to clarify what you mean by thyroid disease. Most common thyroid problem is hypothyroidism (low hormone levels). You you can still get thyroid cancer. You should remember that thyroid nodules (lumps) are common, especially in women and when we get older. The chance of cancer in a nodule is 5% or less. Try not to worry until an evaluation has been done. ...Read more

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Thyroid is enlarged, several nodules. Family history of thyroid cancer. Feel like I would be better without my thyroid? dr says we can wait

Endocrinologist: This is the specialist you should consult. Although there is a family hx of thyroid cancer, your risk is not that high. However you will more likely develop thyroid disease in the future and thus needs follow-up. Since even if you do get thyroid cancer, it often responds well to Rx and removal of thyroid is not without complications, the wait-and-see advice is the right one. ...Read more

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How soon after starting thyroid medication will heart symptoms disappear?

How soon after starting thyroid medication will heart symptoms disappear?

Guesswork: Hi. What thyroid medication? What thyroid condition? What heart symptoms? Mind reading 101. NOT! Any thyroid medication (blocking thyroid function or adding thyroid hormone) takes time to normalize thyroid function. All we could do with the info you've given us (and NOT given us) is GUESS. Guessing is not very helpful to you (and not very rewarding for us). Peace, and good luck! ...Read more

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How often do people on "rituximab" show pml symptoms, while being treated for ttp? Does it worth to take the risk? Please answer as quick as poss.

How often do people on "rituximab" show pml symptoms, while being treated for ttp? Does it worth to take the risk? Please answer as quick as poss.

Extremely rare issue: Pml is beyond rare and generally occurs only when t cell and b cell agents are used at the same time although it can occur with Rituxan (rituximab) alone. Yes it is worth the risk. ...Read more

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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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What are thyroid cancer symptoms?

What are thyroid cancer symptoms?

Often none: Thyroid cancer rarely has symptoms, it is usually identified incidentally as a lump in the center of your neck, either discovered by the patient or physician. ...Read more

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Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Which are the thyroid cancer symptoms?

Thyroid cancer: There usually is a painless lump the thyroid located at front of your neck and the base. If the tumor is invasive, there may be a change in voice from a vocal cord paralysis. ...Read more

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What are thyroid cancer symptoms? My lymph nodes are swollen, so i first thought i had an infection. But i feel ok, the swelling isn’t going away and now my voice is hoarse. Could I have thyroid cancer?

What are thyroid cancer symptoms? My lymph nodes are swollen, so i first thought i had an infection. But i feel ok, the swelling isn’t going away and now my voice is hoarse. Could I have thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer: Thyroid cancer normally presents with a mass that is biopsied to show cancer. Advanced cancer can affect the recurrent laryngeal nerve to change your voice quality (mass effect) or lymph node involvement. Lymph node enlargement is more commonly related to a cold or infection. See your doctor for more details. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of someone with beginning stages of thyroid cancer/thyroid tumor?

What are the symptoms of someone with beginning stages of thyroid cancer/thyroid tumor?

None or a lump: Most patients have no symptoms at all and the thyroid cancer is found incidentally on another imaging study. Some patients will have a palpable nodule in their thyroid that their doctor finds on routine physical. ...Read more

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I have all symptoms of thyroid cancer but have no lump. What could this be?

I have all symptoms of thyroid cancer but have no lump. What could this be?

Unknown: Most thyroid cancers are asymptomatic and are found after a lump develops in the neck or they are found quite by coincidence. There are many causes of the feeling of lumps in the throat (not neck). See your doctor for an evaluation. Maybe seeing an ENT may help. They can look in the throat and neck and reassure you. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

What are symptoms of thyroid cancer?

Variable: Early cancer may be asymptomatic. Common symptoms include, mass in the neck over the trachea, lateral mass due to metastases in the lymph nodes of the neck. Metastases to other organs, e.g., lung and bone may be the first symptoms. If the cancer produces hormone, anxiety, nervousness, high pulse rate, heat intolerance, weight loss etc due to hyperthyroid state may be the presenting feature. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer ?

None early on...: Thyroid cancer typically doesn't cause any signs or symptoms early in the disease. As thyroid cancers grow, they may cause a number of symptoms including: a lump that can be felt through the skin in the neck, changes in a person's voice (including increasing hoarseness), difficulty swallowing, pain in the neck / throat, and possibly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer cause hypothyroid symptoms?

Yes and No.: Thyroid Cancer itself does not cause hypothyroidism or symptoms of hypothyroidism. Most people with thyroid cancer will have NO symptoms at all; some may have a lump in the lower neck, trouble swallowing, or hoarseness. Treatment for thyroid cancer (surgery to remove the thyroid) will cause hypothyroidism, but with proper treatment, there should be no symptoms. ...Read more

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How do doctors know to check for thyroid cancer? What symptoms are markers for it

A nodule: Hi. Presence of a thyroid nodule (a mass) prompts consideration of thyroid cancer (unless it's a hyperthyroid nodule...not a thyroid cancer risk). No nodule, no concern for thyroid cancer. Do you have have a nodule, or are you one of the "worried well"? Good luck! ...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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Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Globus: You started with a globus sensation which may be due to an anxiety disorder. You had a thyroid U/S done which sounds to be NORMAL. thyroiditis is not diagnosed on ultrasound, its based on hormone levels. You have no goiter or nodules. You have a normal exam. You need to address the globus. You can get an ENT exam with laryngopharyngoscopy and talk to your doctor about treating anxiety or OCD. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that i'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that i'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Maybe: There is definitely a genetic component to gallbladder disease, but it is still not possible to know who will actually need their gallbladder removed or not. In general, even those with gallstones only have removal of the gallbladder if they have symptoms that are likely caused from the gallbladder. Typically right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back, worse 30-60' after a fatty meal. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have symptoms of hyperthyroidism and a family history of thyroid cancer. Should I be concerned?

I have symptoms of hyperthyroidism and a family history of thyroid cancer. Should I be concerned?

One doesn't cause: the other but both issues need to be evaluated, best my endocrinologist. Thyroid ultrasound and TSH, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies. ...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?

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)

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


Dr. Walter Husar
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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