Thyroid cancer, anaplastic
Other Names for this Disease
- Anaplastic thyroid cancer
- Thyroid carcinoma, anaplastic
- Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma
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Treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer is mostly palliative. In some cases, surgery with radiation and chemotherapy may prolong survival. However, this type of cancer generally cannot be cured by surgery. Surgery to place a tube in the throat to help with breathing (tracheostomy) or in the stomach to help with eating (gastrostomy) may be needed during treatment. For some patients, enrolling in a clinical trial may be an option. There is no effective treatment for metastatic anaplastic thyroid cancer.
Last updated: 7/1/2015
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- Anaplastic thyroid cancer. MedlinePlus. March 23, 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000352.htm. Accessed 7/1/2015.
- R. Michael Tuttle and Eric J. Sherman. Anaplastic thyroid cancer. UpToDate. Jan 13, 2015; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/anaplastic-thyroid-cancer. Accessed 7/1/2015.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Thyroid cancer, anaplastic. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
|Generic Name||Thyrotropin alpha|
The FDA has approved this product to be used in this manner.
|As an adjunctive diagnostic tool for serum thyroglobulin (Tg) testing with or without radioiodine imaging in the follow-up of patients with thyroid cancer.|
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