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How are thyroid tumors classified?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: 4 types of cancers

There are 4 types of thyroid cancer (ca) thyroid follicular cells that make thyroid hormone can form papillary ca (cells look abnormal, best outpook), follicular ca (look normal, pushing outside tumor or into blood/lymph vessels, good outlook), and anaplastic ca (very abnormal, poor outlook).
Parafollicular cells, or c-cells make calcitonin, and can form medullary ca (look abnormal, fair outlook).

In brief: 4 types of cancers

There are 4 types of thyroid cancer (ca) thyroid follicular cells that make thyroid hormone can form papillary ca (cells look abnormal, best outpook), follicular ca (look normal, pushing outside tumor or into blood/lymph vessels, good outlook), and anaplastic ca (very abnormal, poor outlook).
Parafollicular cells, or c-cells make calcitonin, and can form medullary ca (look abnormal, fair outlook).
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Different ways

1. Benign vs.
Malignant there are many different types of both benign and malignant (cancerous) thyroid tumors. Cancers have their own staging systems which can be useful in prognosis, and depends on the size of the tumor, any lymph nodes involved, and cancer spread to distant sites.

In brief: Different ways

1. Benign vs.
Malignant there are many different types of both benign and malignant (cancerous) thyroid tumors. Cancers have their own staging systems which can be useful in prognosis, and depends on the size of the tumor, any lymph nodes involved, and cancer spread to distant sites.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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