What Is Thyroid Cancer?

Q:

What is thyroid cancer?

A:

The thyroid is a gland in the neck. More specifically, it is an endocrine gland at the base of the throat near the windpipe. It’s a thin piece of tissue. The shape of it resembles a butterfly. Its function is to make hormones that help to control blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and weight.

When abnormal cells begin to grow in your thyroid gland, you have thyroid cancer. It is an uncommon type of cancer. Most patients with this cancer do very well, because it is often diagnosed early and patients usually respond well to therapies. However, some people may have a relapse of it many years after the first treatment is completed with all cancer cells vanished.

Thyroid can be divided into four types:

Papillary thyroid cancer (the most common type)

Follicular thyroid cancer

Medullary thyroid cancer

Anaplastic thyroid cancer

 

Keywords: thyroid cancer; thyroid cancer+; thyroid carcinoma

 

 

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