Thyroid cancers are relatively rare and develop from cells of the thyroid gland. If the cancer is not treated, cancer cells from the original site may break away and spread to other parts of the body.
Risk factors include:
Symptoms may vary, and are not unique to thyroid cancer. They include a lump in the neck that gradually increases in size, with or without pain; difficulties swallowing or breathing – this can happen occasionally as a result of the cancer pressing on the esophagus or trachea (windpipe).
Diagnosis may involve the following:
Radiotherapy may be given following surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells. It may also be used to treat thyroid cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. However, this treatment may not be effective for some types of thyroid cancer.
Chemotherapy is not very effective against thyroid cancer. However, doctors may use it to treat thyroid cancer that has spread when other treatments have failed.
See the link between Cancer (General) and Hydrazine Sulfate.
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