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What is the prognosis for papillary thyroid cancer that spread to the lungs? I read it is normally not more than 5 years survival rate? Is that true?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: May be better

In stage IV thyroid cancer with spread to lung, treatment may consist of surgery, radioactive iodine, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments .
Combining two or more of approaches is important for increasing a’ chance of cure and prolonging survival. Treatment with radioactive iodine does improve survival with thyroid cancer that has spread to nodes as well as lung.

In brief: May be better

In stage IV thyroid cancer with spread to lung, treatment may consist of surgery, radioactive iodine, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments .
Combining two or more of approaches is important for increasing a’ chance of cure and prolonging survival. Treatment with radioactive iodine does improve survival with thyroid cancer that has spread to nodes as well as lung.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Dr. Myron Arlen
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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology

In brief: It depends

It depends on many factors with age being one of the most important.
Patients less than 45 yo have an excellent prognosis with many surviving decades (50% 20 yr survival) and almost all surviving longer than 5 yrs. With appropriate treatment. A lot depends on how well the tumors respond to radioiodine. The prognosis for older patients is worse but still can be optimistic with 50% living 10 yrs.

In brief: It depends

It depends on many factors with age being one of the most important.
Patients less than 45 yo have an excellent prognosis with many surviving decades (50% 20 yr survival) and almost all surviving longer than 5 yrs. With appropriate treatment. A lot depends on how well the tumors respond to radioiodine. The prognosis for older patients is worse but still can be optimistic with 50% living 10 yrs.
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Dr. Lauren Stegman
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