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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ammu Susheela, M.D. [2]

Overview

The hallmark of anaplastic thyroid cancer is swelling in the neck. A positive history of irradiation of head and neck, rapid growth of the nodule, and family history of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma is suggestive of anaplastic thyroid cancer. The most common symptoms of anaplastic thyroid cancer include swelling in the neck, pain in the front of the neck, and hoarseness of voice.

History

  • Personal history of benign thyroid conditions and prior radiation therapy to the neck area, especially as a child[1]
  • Inherited conditions that may increase the risk of thyroid cancer
  • Family history of
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Other cancers
  • Inherited conditions that may increase the risk of thyroid cancer

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References

  1. Thyroid Cancer Canadian Cancer Society (2015). http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/thyroid/diagnosis/?region=sk- Accessed on November, 19 2015
  2. Nishiyama RH, Dunn EL, Thompson NW (July 1972). "Anaplastic spindle-cell and giant-cell tumors of the thyroid gland". Cancer. 30 (1): 113–27. doi:10.1002/1097-0142(197207)30:1<113::aid-cncr2820300118>3.0.co;2-e. PMID 5040735.
  3. Lip GY, Jaap AJ, McCruden DC (1992). "A presentation of anaplastic carcinoma of the thyroid with symptomatic intra-abdominal metastases". Br J Clin Pract. 46 (2): 143–4. PMID 1457306.



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