Thyroid cancer

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What is thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer is a malignancy arising from the thyroid gland. Thyroid cancers are classified as follicular, papillary, medullary, poorly differentiated, and anaplastic. Generally treatment includes surgery followed by radioactive iodine ablation and suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone.

Common symptoms reported by people with thyroid cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with thyroid cancer

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
thyroid cancer (20)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
8
Tried for
thyroid cancer (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
thyroid cancer (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
Tried for
thyroid cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Hysingla ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)

Data from patients with thyroid cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with thyroid cancer

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Synthroid)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Cold and heat intolerance Excessive sweating 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
thyroid cancer (20)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Hospitalization
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
thyroid cancer (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Nausea 8 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
thyroid cancer (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Hospitalization
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
thyroid cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Chronic constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Hysingla ER)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with thyroid cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has thyroid cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 14
30s 55
40s 133
50s 133
60s 63
70+ 14
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 11
20-29 years 22
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 34
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 223
Not Diagnosed 10

These charts show data from thyroid cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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