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Learn more about Medullary thyroid cancer

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is medullary thyroid cancer?

Medullary thyroid cancer is a type of cancer of the thyroid, an organ in the front of your neck responsible for making hormones that control your heart rate and body temperature. The cause of medullary carcinoma is unknown but could be due to inherited gene mutations.

Symptoms of medullary thyroid cancer

  • Hoarse voice

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Swelling of the face and lip

  • Neck swelling

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Neck lump

Questions your doctor may ask to check for medullary thyroid cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose medullary thyroid cancer

  • Do you have a hoarse voice?

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Do you have swollen face or lips?

  • Do you have swelling on the front of your neck?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

Treatment for medullary thyroid cancer

Medullary thyroid cancer can be cured with complete surgical removal of the thyroid and surrounding structures if the cancer hasn't spread. If it has spread, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted drug therapies, etc., may be required as well.

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References

  • Viola D, Elisei R. Management of Medullary Thyroid Cancer. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2019 Mar;48(1):285-301. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2018.11.006. Epub 2018 Dec 26. PMID: 30717909.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0889852918305930?via%3Dihub

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Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD (Endocrinology)

Dr. Hamasaki graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University. He completed his residency at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and the Department of Internal Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. He has served in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and Kohnodai Hospital and joined Hamasaki Clinic in April 2017. Dr. Hamasaki specializes in diabetes and treats a wide range of internal medicine and endocrine disorders.

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