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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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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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Is it possible to live with untreated thyroid cancer?

Is it possible to live with untreated thyroid cancer?

Not recommended: Even though papillary thyroid cancer is non-aggressive, it can kill you. It's after all a cancer. Thyroid surgery is now safer, especially in the hand of an experienced surgeon. The risk is much less than leaving a cancer in for a watch and wait aproach. Worst thing to do is to wait 10 yrs until you are now older with more medical problems and now have to go for surgery. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to live with untreated thyroid cancer?

Can it be possible for you to live with untreated thyroid cancer?

Not recommended : There are several types of thyroid cancer, with some being slower growing than others. Thyroid cancer should be treated, however, unless there is a major medical reason not too. ...Read more

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I have 20% of thyroid cancer in left but it remove now i ask I'm totally have cancer all over my body what food to avoiding to eat thx?

I have 20% of thyroid cancer in left but it remove now i ask I'm totally have cancer all over my body what food to avoiding to eat thx?

I don't understand: your thyroid history. Was your cancer removed? Do you still have thyroid cancer in your body? You need to provide a lot more details -- but there are no foods you need to avoid, unless you are scheduled to receive a dose of radioiodine, in which case iodine restriction may be indicated before dosing. Discuss w/your doctors, ...Read more

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Is it possible to live with untreated thyroid cancer? It would be interesting to see this same question answered considering the numerous recent studies which suggest that in certain cases it may be prudent to watch and wait. The studies contrast the low

Is it possible to live with untreated thyroid cancer?

It would be interesting to see this same question answered considering the numerous recent studies which suggest that in certain cases it may be prudent to watch and wait. The studies contrast the low

Yes and No: Thyroid Cancer comes in many forms. It may be localized to the Thyroid gland only, where it can remain harmless for one or two years but will likely spread slowly into Neck areas into the lymph nodes. It may stay there for one to two years. Then it is likely to spread to distant organs like Lungs and or Bone,rarely liver. Once it has spread away farther than tthe neck area, it is no longer curable ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

Depends on type...: Undifferentiated thyroid cancers are higher risk. Anaplastic thyroid cancer has a poorer prognosis. Papillary thyroid cancer usually has a better prognosis. The type of cancer and stage are important to know. ...Read more

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Help please. Could be the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

Help please. Could be the life expectancy for a person with untreated thyroid cancer?

Stage and type: It really depends on the stage and type. Early stage, well-differentiated thyroid cancers have an excellent survival rate of over 90% over 10 years. The type of thyroid cancer with the worst survival is called anaplastic and patients survive generally a few months. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is very rare, and most other types are readily treated. ...Read more

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If you have a thyroid cancer how many years you alive i have 20% cancer cell in left thyroid ?

If you have a thyroid cancer how many years you alive i have 20% cancer cell in left thyroid ?

Thyroid cancer: This depends on the specific type of thyroid cancer. The most common type of thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma) can be treated very well if caught early, those cancers have essentially 100% survival when early Stage. Other types of thyroid cancer are more aggressive, so it definitely depends on Type of thyroid Cancer, and Stage. ...Read more

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I have 20% thyroid cancer in left nodule it remove already i I'm cancer free now or we need to remove the right thyroid also thx ?

I have 20% thyroid cancer in left nodule it remove already i I'm cancer free now or we need to remove the right thyroid also thx ?

Please clarify: Hi. We don't grade thyroid cancer by percentage of a nodule involved. If you have thyroid cancer, you have it. If the cancer was a microfocus, it can be ignored. If the nodule was cancer, depending on nodule size, you may need a completion thyroidectomy followed by 131-iodine therapy. That landscape is somewhat in transition. Speak with an experienced endocrinologist who can see path report. ...Read more

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I have Papaliary Thyroid Cancer in my lung and when I was 13 I had my Thyroid removed and a left radical and partial right neck desection also. I am63?

I have Papaliary Thyroid Cancer in my lung and when I was 13 I had my Thyroid removed and a left radical and partial right neck desection also. I am63?

Thyroid cancer: It sounds like your question is whether this is the same cancer you had 50 years ago, and how it could occur after removal of all thyroid tissue. Papillary cancers from the lung and thyroid may look very similar and have almost identical markers, so it could be a primary lung cancer. But rare remnants of thyroid tissue can occur outside the neck and give rise to cancer also. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer on left - new ultrasound showed 9x3mm zone v & 10x3mm zone II both right side. No obvious lymph nodes on left. Adenopathy right side?

See your Physician : Lab results, xrays, scans and all medical work ups are best interpreted by the treating or consulting physician within the context of the problem and in the patient he/she is treating. Your best chances are to discuss it with your physician , he/she knows your situation best. ...Read more

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With thyroid cancer why does it hurt so bad on my left side of my throat i'm able to feel the pain so bad and i'm able to feel the knot behind my neck?

With thyroid cancer why does it hurt so bad on my left side of my throat i'm able to feel the pain so bad and i'm able to feel the knot behind my neck?

Need more info: Do you have a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, have you or have you not had recent surgery. Would love to answer your question, just can't in any meaningful way. ...Read more

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I feel a pea lump on lower neck left side above clavicle. It seems to be getting smaller but not sure. Discover 10 days ago. I had. Thyroid cancer 2y?

I feel a pea  lump on lower neck left side above clavicle. It seems to be getting smaller but not sure. Discover 10 days ago. I had. Thyroid cancer 2y?

Not to worry: I t may be just a lymp node that reacts with some inflammation within that area, and it is getting smaller.But you need to see your doctor for proper evaluation. You also need to follow up with your oncologist /or endo. Doc about your thyroid cancer regularly. ...Read more

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I am on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 16 yrs. My dr recommended i go on Armour Thyroid i had thyroid cancer and left node removed. Would u recommend this ?

I am on Synthroid (thyroxine)  for  16 yrs. My dr recommended i go on Armour Thyroid    i had thyroid cancer and left node removed.   Would u recommend this ?

If nothiing else: Throid hormone turns off pituitary TSH that stimulates thyroid tissue, including some malignant cells. It lets your thyroid rest and the drugs due its job. I would do this in a patient or even myslef if i had thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Thyroid found to be slightly heterogeneous on ultrasound. Isoechoic nodule measuring 7mm mid left lobe. Fam history of thyroid cancer. Concerning?

Not concerning.: Isoechoic thyroid nodules are generally not concerning especially when they are less than 1.5 cm and if they don't have suspicious features like microcalcifications and increased internal vascularity. I recommend repeat thyroid US in 1 year. Make sure you have got your TSH and Free T4 checked. ...Read more

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Hi I have a family history of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. I have a isoechoic nodule on my left lobe measuring 23x18x16mm and a iso slightly hypoechoic nodule on isthmus measuring 11x5x9mm. The larger has a rim of vascularity and internal vascula

Endocrinologist can: You will benefit from seeing and being guided by a Thyroid specialist(called Endocrinologist). A fine needle aspiration(FNA) biopsy may be required to determine if the nodules in your thyroid are benign or could be cancerous. seek medical advice and obtain a second opinion if U R not satisfied and want to be sure/ want more certain guidance. ...Read more

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Sono showed dominant nodule is a heterogeneous nodule. Evidence of hypoechoic on left and right lobes. Multinodular goiter with all nodules over 1cm. Can this be thyroid cancer.

Sono showed dominant nodule is a heterogeneous nodule. Evidence of hypoechoic on left and right lobes. Multinodular goiter with all nodules over 1cm. Can this be thyroid cancer.

No: Cancer of the thyroid is rarely ever seen in a moltinodular goiter The malignant lesion starts as a solitary adenoma that is cold on scan. If such a lesion noted, even if benign there is a 30% conversion to carcinoma. It is recommended that all cold solitary nodules be removed and pathology defined at the time of removal, not by needle bx. Goitres that are multinodular are never biopsied. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. 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