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Thyroid Cancer

Definition

Cancer that forms in the thyroid gland (an organ at the base of the throat that makes hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight). Four main types of thyroid cancer are papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. The four types are based on how the cancer cells look under a microscope.

Treatments*

Thyroid cancer treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, radioactive iodine therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and observation.

Side Effects*

Side effects may include: life long supplements; nausea; swelling & pain in neck; dry mouth; difficulty swallowing; fatigue; hair loss; mouth sores.

Tips and Tricks

The saving grace for me during my treatments was a support system that showed their love in so many ways.  My husband not only helped care for my physical needs but he was the one who sought out knowledge of my treatment.  I thoroughly trusted my oncologist to lead us on the best course of treatment.  Friends showed their care and concern by putting love to action bringing meals, cleaning house for weeks on end, and praying, praying, praying continuously.  I felt loved! It gave me strength to continue to heal and press on with my life.
Nina-Survivor

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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