This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of cartilage as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of cartilage research, the results of clinical studies, and possible side effects of cartilage use.
This summary contains the following key information:
Bovine (cow) cartilage and shark cartilage have been studied as treatments for people with cancer and other medical conditions for more than 30 years.
Your doctor may order a
CT scan or an
ultrasound to get a better look at your thyroid. If
your doctor thinks that the lump or nodule could be cancerous, he or she may
fine needle biopsy of the thyroid gland.
If you have
medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), a
CT scan of the chest and belly and a
bone scan may also be needed.
At this time there are not any screening tests for thyroid cancer that work well for people at average risk. Talk to your doctor about whether you need
to be screened for thyroid cancer.
People who have a family
history of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) may want to have a
genetic test to look for a gene change called an RET
mutation. Before you have the test, it is a good idea to talk with a
genetic counselor. He or she can help you understand
what your test results may mean.
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Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 12, 2013
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