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What is Follicular Thyroid Cancer? Thyroid Health Implications

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Thyroid cancer, of any type, can be a life changing health complication and has become increasingly more common in recent years. For many thyroid sufferers, when thyroid cancer is diagnosed early, the survival rate is quite high and often does not pose life threatening health complications. If you have been diagnose with follicular thyroid cancer, it is important to become familiar with not only your treatment but also what this type of thyroid cancer is and how it differs from other forms of cancer.

Follicular thyroid cancer, while not the most common type of thyroid cancer, is quite progressive and, when diagnosed with it, can be the one type of cancer that can lead to life threatening complications should any arise. When you have a diagnosis of follicular thyroid cancer, therefore, you will want to be sure that you are monitoring this type of cancer more closely than what other patients, with different types of thyroid cancer, may be monitored.

Tumors associated with follicular thyroid cancer often become vascularized and can then invade other parts of the thyroid gland, even spreading to other parts of the body by way of the cardiovascular system. When diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer, therefore, you will want to be sure you are getting regular testing to determine what other risks for cancer you may have. When the complication of metastasis develops, the greatest risk seems to occur in the lungs and lymph nodes so these are the areas that need to be the most closely watched.

When diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer, your doctor may initially recommend that you have only the area of your thyroid removed where the cancer has developed. However, because follicular thyroid cancer is the most progressive type of cancer, it is often considered most healthy to simply remove the entire thyroid gland and then begin radiation therapy accordingly. In the long term, this may pose the least possible health risk for recurring cancer.

In an age where medical technology and medicine has advanced, many more adults are being diagnosed with thyroid disorders, including thyroid cancer. If you have been diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer, it is important to speak with your doctor about the progressive nature of this malignancy, what long term benefits you can get from aggressive surgery, and how to monitor for a possible spread of disease.

Sources: Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Patients, by D. Van Nostrand, pp. 89-93.