Are cancerous thyroid nodules curable?

Thyroid cancer develops in the thyroid gland, a part of the endocrine system. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate body temperature, heart rate and metabolism. Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers — the most common types — respond very well to treatments. Most thyroid cancers are highly curable.

Can cancerous thyroid nodules spread?

Thyroid cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body such as the lungs and the bone and grow there. When cancer cells do this, it’s called metastasis.

Which thyroid tumor type is the most common?

Papillary thyroid cancer develops from follicular cells and usually grow slowly. It is the most common type of thyroid cancer. It is usually found in 1 lobe.

What is localized thyroid cancer?

Localized: There is no sign the cancer has spread outside of the thyroid. Regional: The cancer has spread outside of the thyroid to nearby structures. Distant: The cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, such as the bones.

What are thyroid nodules?

Thyroid nodules are growths in the thyroid gland, which is located in the front of the neck. The thyroid gland releases thyroid hormone, which regulates many of your body’s functions, including metabolism.

Are thyroid nodules common in teens?

Most nodules are noncancerous (benign), but some can be cancerous. Thyroid nodules are less common in children and teens, but, if a child or a teen has a nodule, it is more likely to be malignant (cancerous).

Are thyroid nodules treatable?

Thyroid nodules — even the occasional cancerous ones — are treatable. Here’s what you need to know about thyroid nodules and how concerned you should be if you develop one. How common are thyroid nodules? Thyroid nodules are very common, especially in the U.S.

What can a biopsy of a thyroid nodule show?

A thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy can collect samples of cells from the nodule, which, under a microscope, can provide your doctor with more information about the behavior of the nodule. What’s the treatment for a thyroid nodule? Even a benign growth on your thyroid gland can cause symptoms.