Papillary Thyroid Cancer


The good news of papillary thyroid cancer prognosis is it is not like to other types of thyroid cancer prognosis. The prognosis of papillary thyroid cancer is better compared to all other types of thyroid cancer. There is different staging method of papillary thyroid cancer and to be able to identify the characteristic of each stage the prognosis depends first on the age of the patient. Upon knowing the age this will help identify the betterment of prognosis on to what stage of papillary thyroid cancer the patient has. The younger the patient the better and faster the prognosis is. Stages of papillary cancer includes under 40 years old it is considered as stage 1 which the cancer doesn’t spread yet to the nearby lymph nodes and the size is less than 2 cm. stage II is the size of the cancer is more than 2 cm but less than 4 cm but doesn’t spread yet to the thyroid gland and lymph nodes. Stage III of papillary thyroid cancer measures larger than 4 cm and grows outside the thyroid gland but not to the lymph nodes. But there are different cases in this stage of papillary cancer because there are also situations where the tumor is already to the lymph nodes but it is still in stage III. While stage IV has 3 sub stages that the doctor will identify the prognosis of this stage.


The papillary thyroid cancer treatment follows after the diagnosis. The treatment depends on the prognosis of the disease that will try to eliminate, hasten and even treat the diagnosed papillary thyroid cancer. Mostly the treatment includes the removal of the thyroid gland in order to stop the spread of the cancer. Then the treatment will follow with having thyroid pills for supplements. Other treatments includes having chemotherapy if is can still be managed to be treated with the use of chemotherapy. There is also with the use of radioactive iodine treatment that is done 4-6 weeks after the thyroid gland has been removed. It is a very simple step. Done by taking a pill that is calculated for the patient. Mostly the patient should avoid other contacts to avoid radioactive materials. After 6 weeks of the removal of the thyroid the patient is advised to have a follow-up with having blood test in order to determine if the dose of the daily thyroid hormone is correct and be able to make sure that the thyroid tumor is not coming back.


Like most symptoms of thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer symptoms such as hoarseness, neck pain, and enlarged lymph nodes do occur in people with thyroid cancer. Although as much as 75% of the population will have thyroid nodules, the vast majority are benign. Young people usually don’t have thyroid nodules, but as people age, they likely develop a nodule. By the time we are 80, 90% of us will have at least one nodule. 

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