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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
24
Tried for
thyroid cancer (24)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
9
Tried for
thyroid cancer (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
thyroid cancer (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
thyroid cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (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 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue hair loss 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
thyroid cancer (24)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Hospitalization
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
thyroid cancer (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
thyroid cancer (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytomel)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
thyroid cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (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 1
20s 14
30s 68
40s 134
50s 145
60s 85
70+ 17
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 22
30-39 years 32
40-49 years 37
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 73
Female 388

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 258
Not Diagnosed 12

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