Thyroid Cancer Stages And Symptoms Of Do Not Overlook

Thyroid Cancer Symptoms: Some thyroid cancer signs and symptoms include a hoarse voice, neck pain, and enlarged lymph nodes. Although as much as 75% of the population will have thyroid nodules, the vast majority are benign. Young people usually don’t have thyroid nodules, but as people age, they’re more likely to develop a nodule. By the time we are 80, 90% of us will have at least one nodule.

Stage I Papillary and Follicular: In stage I papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, the tumor is any size, may be in the thyroid, or may have spread to nearby tissues and lymph nodes. Cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.

Stage II Papillary and Follicular: In stage II papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, the tumor is any size and cancer has spread from the thyroid to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or bone, and may have spread to lymph nodes.Stage 1 Papillary and Follicular: In stage I papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, cancer is found only in the thyroid and the tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller.

Stage II Papillary and Follicular: In stage II papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, cancer is only in the thyroid and the tumor is larger than 2 centimeters but not larger than 4 centimeters.

Stage III Papillary and Follicular: In stage III papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, either of the following is found:

  • the tumor is larger than 4 centimeters and only in the thyroid or the tumor is any size and cancer has spread to tissues just outside the thyroid, but not to lymph nodes; or

the tumor is any size and cancer may have spread to tissues just outside the thyroid and has spread to lymph nodes near the trachea or the larynx (voice box).

Stage 0 Medullary: Stage 0 medullary thyroid cancer is found only with a special screening test. No tumor can be found in the thyroid.

Stage I Medullary: Stage I medullary thyroid cancer is found only in the thyroid and is 2 centimeters or smaller.

Stage II Medullary: In stage II medullary thyroid cancer, either of the following is found:.

  • the tumor is larger than 2 centimeters and only in the thyroid; or
  • the tumor is any size and has spread to tissues just outside the thyroid, but not to lymph nodes.

Stage III Medullary: In stage III medullary thyroid cancer, the tumor is any size, has spread to lymph nodes near the trachea and the larynx (voice box), and may have spread to tissues just outside the thyroid.

Stage IV Medullary: Stage IV medullary thyroid cancer is divided into stages IVA, IVB, and IVC.

In stage IVA, either of the following is found: the tumor is any size and cancer has spread outside the thyroid to tissues under the skin, the trachea, the esophagus, the larynx (voice box), and/or the recurrent laryngeal nerve (a nerve with 2 branches that go to the larynx); cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the trachea or the larynx;