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Difficult answer: Survival depends on many factors including the type of thyroid cancer, the degree of aggressiveness, the age and health of the patient, the response to treatment. Statistical studies show that about 50% of patients survive more than 5 years. Your doctor can better estimate based on the above factors. There are also new treatments available currently that will likely improve the survival rates. ...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
What type?: Need to know what type of cancer, result of post ablation iodine scan and levels of thyroid tumor marker, your gender.Typical papillary and follicular cancers stage 4 will have a much better prognosis than hurthle cell, anaplastic, tall cell papillary, insular cell follicular cancers, etc. ...Read more
Thyroid Cancer (2nd time) + tapeworms? Are the TWs hurting me more? (I work at a Vet & also have a Dr appt in 2 weeks.)
Tapeworms?: Really? I need to give you a heads up -- there are charlatans who will diagnose you as having tapeworms when you actually don't, and take you for your money. People who work in health care and know a little bit are easy marks. Please be discerning. If you actually have a worm infection, treating it is fairly easy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/thyroid cancer in may, got surgery in july and rai treatment in aug 15th. Since then i'm nauseated all the time and no appetite. Normal?
Had PETscan showing no more thyroid cancer. Dr says not accurate since my TSH was only .02 and shouldve been 30 for test. Did I waste my time and $?
No cancer: Best way to know whether lesion of thyroid had recurred is head and neck exam. If nothing palpable in neck and PET scan neg which confirms no lesion being missed in neck or chest then there is no recurrence. A high TSH suggests all normal functioning thyroid removed and body via Pituitary trying to regrow any rmaining thyroid tissue. The TSH is not an indicator of malignancy. ...Read more
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
I vomit almost daily, sometimes food from night before, sometimes water. This has been going on for months. I am a diabetic and have thyroid cancer for the second time. I have also had my gallbladder removed and a hysterectomy.I have had many tests for th
Are : Are you vomiting soon after you eat or drink something? Do you have pain in your abdomen after you eat? Diabetic patients are at higher risk for atherosclerotic disease of the arteries (hardening of the arteries) and it is possible that you have narrowing of the arteries to your intestinal track (celiac artery, superior mesenteric artery [sma], inferior mesenteric artery [ima]). If your symptoms fit the profile this problem can be diagnosed with a cta (computed tomography angiogram). This can be ordered by your primary care doctor or other doctors caring for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer and lately my tongue burns and my muscles feel very fatigued and burn slightly all the time.Related?
Thyroid: Was it removed surgically or ablated with radioactive iodine? When was TSH last checked? Med dose may be low, but should also follow-up with oncologist to make sure cancer did not spread. Parathyroid function should also be checked (regulates calcium levels, which can affect muscles). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sister in law has thyroid cancer which has spread to her bones and spine also she has cervical cancer and uterine cancer we want to know the rough time scale we have left for her?
No way to tell: If she's relatively young, the possibility of li-fraumeni affecting the family is a concern. But there is no way, even if i had much more information, that i could tell you how much longer your loved one has with you -- even chief justice rehnquist survived a few years longer than he was supposed to. Cherish every day you have with her. ...Read more
Have had papillary thyroid cancer and total thyroidectomy ~1 year ago. TSH all in range. Still feeling very fatigued, hard time focusing. Going to get ACTH and Cortisol checked thinking adrenals?
Often curable cancer: The thyroid gland is in the lower neck and makes essential hormones. Cancers of the thyroid gland are of multiple types; the most common is of the pappliary subtype. Often surgery is the first step of treatment followed by treatment with trace amounts of radioactive iodine which destroys any remaining cancer. In most cases survival and cure rates are very good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Typical thyroid cancer in women less than 50 has about a 98% survival rate. Although there are occasional very aggressive thyroid cancers (mostly in older men), most thyroid cancer is easily treated. Make sure you find an experienced thyroid surgeon. Try the american association of endoctine surgeons website. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
FNA or surgery: The best way to diagnose thyroid cancer is in surgery. The surgical specimen give you the most tissue to look at. It can also give you a "gross" view of whether the nodule had spread through the thyroid capsule (an indication of cancer). That being said, most patients don't jump to surgery right away. In that case, an ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration is often perform to eval cancer. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes, but: Yes but the overwhelming majority of thyroid cancers (are papillary thyroid cancer) which has very good 20 year survival rate and are not really life threatening if they are treated appropriately (even if they spread to the lymh nodes). These patients often die from other causes. There are4 types of thyroid cancer fortunately the most aggressive and life threatening type is also the least common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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