is a disease that occurs when abnormal cells begin to grow in the
thyroid gland. You may notice a lump in your neck and
then go to your doctor. Or your doctor may notice a lump during a routine
physical exam or on an imaging test that you are having for another health
Thyroid cancer is usually found before the cancer has
spread very far. This means that most people who are treated for thyroid cancer
do very well. After it is treated, thyroid cancer may come back, sometimes many
years after treatment.
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Before starting your treatment, your
doctor needs to find out which type of thyroid cancer you have. A
biopsy can identify your type of cancer. During a
biopsy, a small piece of thyroid tissue is removed, usually with a fine needle. The
thyroid tissue cells are then examined under a microscope.
also important to find out the
stage of your cancer. Staging is a way for your doctor
to tell how far, if at all, the cancer has spread. It also helps your doctor
decide what kind of treatment you need. Staging generally depends on the results of your radioactive iodine scan.
If you have your thyroid
gland surgically removed, you will probably need to take thyroid hormone medicine for the rest of your life to replace the hormones that were made by your thyroid. Taking it will help regulate your
metabolism and other body functions.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 27, 2011
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