Thyroid Cancer

Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Body Temperature

Abnormal Cells Growing In Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is a very important part of the body. It's in the front of the neck. It makes thyroid hormones, calcitonin, immune system cells, and supportive cells. It also regulates heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted to energy. So when the thyroid is affected by cancer (the growth of abnormal cells forming a tumor) it affects your metabolism and it can't make the cells and hormones properly. If the cancer gets really bad it could spread to your lungs. The heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature levels could fluctuate. Some symptoms could be a lump/swelling in the neck, pain in neck and ears, voice changes, trouble swallowing and breathing, and coughing and wheezing.

"Thyroid cancer is an uncommon type of cancer."

Treatments

The most common treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland. After the surgery patients must take thyroid hormone medicines for the rest of their lives. Other treatments include radioactive iodine treatments, external beam radiation treatments, and chemotherapy. Usually two or more of these treatments have to be used.

Emilie Goss