Thyroid cancer is cancer of a butterfly-shaped gland at the front base of the neck. Some patients with thyroid cancer may notice no symptoms, and others may notice a lump or pain in the neck.
Women are more likely to have thyroid cancer at three times the rate compared to men. There are a few types of thyroid cancer:
- Papillary and/or mixed papillary/follicular thyroid cancer
- Follicular and/or Hurthle cell thyroid cancer
- Medullary thyroid cancer
- Anaplastic thyroid cancer
Treatments include surgery, radioactive iodine therapy, thyroid hormone therapy, external beam radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy. Thyroid cancer is generally a very treatable cancer.
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