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What are the types of thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Generally 4 types

There are 4 types of thyroid cancer.
1)papillary (most common), 2)follicular and hurthle cells, 3)medullary and 4)anaplastic (least common and most aggressive). Lymphoma and metastatic disease from other cancer (renal cell, melanoma) can also go to the thyroid.

In brief: Generally 4 types

There are 4 types of thyroid cancer.
1)papillary (most common), 2)follicular and hurthle cells, 3)medullary and 4)anaplastic (least common and most aggressive). Lymphoma and metastatic disease from other cancer (renal cell, melanoma) can also go to the thyroid.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Lester Thompson
Follicular carcinoma has several variants (oncocytic or Hurthle cell is one of them). Papillary carcinoma also has several variants. Medullary carcinoma is the most frequent inherited type. Undifferentiated (preferred term to anaplastic) is usually deadly. There are many other rare forms, but their frequency is very low.
Dr. Inderjit Deol
Papillary is the most common , which may be localized or invasive. Then follicular type, also can be non or invasive type. Other two medullary and anaplastic types are more aggressive.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: See answer

1) well-differentiated: papillary or follicular - great prognosis 2) Medullary: intermediate prognosis may be associated with familial syndromes called multiple endocrine neoplasias 3) Anaplastic: fortunately rare since this has a dismal prognosis

In brief: See answer

1) well-differentiated: papillary or follicular - great prognosis 2) Medullary: intermediate prognosis may be associated with familial syndromes called multiple endocrine neoplasias 3) Anaplastic: fortunately rare since this has a dismal prognosis
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Stephanie Lee
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Thyroid cancer

The main types of thyroid cancer are: papillary thyroid cancer, follicular thyroid cancer, poorly differentiated thyroid cancer, anaplastic thyroid cancer, thyroid lymphoma and other cancers that metastasize to the thyroid gland.

In brief: Thyroid cancer

The main types of thyroid cancer are: papillary thyroid cancer, follicular thyroid cancer, poorly differentiated thyroid cancer, anaplastic thyroid cancer, thyroid lymphoma and other cancers that metastasize to the thyroid gland.
Dr. Stephanie Lee
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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck

In brief: Types of thyca

Papillary Follicular Medullary Anaplastic Lymphoma Hurtle cell Tall cell Undifferentiated

In brief: Types of thyca

Papillary Follicular Medullary Anaplastic Lymphoma Hurtle cell Tall cell Undifferentiated
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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In brief: Several

There are many different types of thyroid malignancies (cancer), but papillary carcinoma, follicular carcinoma and medullary carcinoma account for the most.
These are treated with surgery first, and then depending on age and stage, addition of radioactive iodine, or perhaps molecular targeted therapies (for medullary carcinoma specifically).

In brief: Several

There are many different types of thyroid malignancies (cancer), but papillary carcinoma, follicular carcinoma and medullary carcinoma account for the most.
These are treated with surgery first, and then depending on age and stage, addition of radioactive iodine, or perhaps molecular targeted therapies (for medullary carcinoma specifically).
Dr. Lester Thompson
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