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
13
Tried for
thyroid cancer (13)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
7
Tried for
thyroid cancer (7)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
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 (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1) pain (1)

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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue hair loss 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
thyroid cancer (13)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for thyroid cancer (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization muscle cramps
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
thyroid cancer (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1) pain (1)
  • 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 72
40s 141
50s 173
60s 101
70+ 28
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 25
30-39 years 33
40-49 years 39
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 1
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 93
Female 434

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 294
Not Diagnosed 15

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