Papillary carcinoma – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Papillary carcinoma is the most common but least dangerous form of thyroid cancer. It appears as an irregular solid or cystic mass or nodule in a thyroid gland. It typically occurs in only one lobe of the thyroid gland. This type of cancer is most common in adults who are 45 years old above. Papillary carcinoma may be overtly or minimally invasive and may spread easily to other organs, especially to the organs in the lymphatic system.

The exact cause of papillary carcinomas of the thyroid remains unknown. However, one risk factor for the cancer is exposure of the head, neck, or chest to radiation. This occurred more often before the 1960s when radiation was a common treatment for conditions, such as acne and inflamed tonsils.

Known side effects of papillary carcinoma

The side effects of papillary carcinoma may include a lump in the thyroid or enlargement of the thyroid gland, cough, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or changing voice, and swelling of the neck. Thyroid cancer like papillary carcinoma can also lead to other complications, such as injury to the voice box and hoarseness after thyroid surgery; low calcium level due to accidental removal of the parathyroid glands during surgery; and spread of the cancer to the lungs, bones, or other parts of the body.

Body systems harmed by papillary carcinoma

The body systems harmed by papillary carcinoma is the endocrine system. However, it can also harm other body systems because the cancer can spread to different parts of the body, such as the lungs or bones.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent papillary carcinoma

There is no information on what foods or nutrients prevent papillary carcinoma. However, a diet low in iodine is typically recommended for patients with thyroid cancers like papillary carcinoma.

Treatments, management plans for papillary carcinoma

The first step of treating papillary carcinoma is to perform a surgery. A total thyroidectomy, or removal of the whole thyroid, is the best treatment for most cases of papillary cancer. If the papillary carcinoma is less than one centimeter and limited to one side of the thyroid, some surgeons may only remove half of the thyroid by performing a thyroid lobectomy. Other treatments include external beam radiation or chemotherapy. However, these treatments are usually only used for very advanced or severe disease.

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Summary

Papillary carcinoma is the most common form of thyroid cancer.

Papillary carcinoma appears as an irregular solid or cystic mass or nodule in a thyroid gland.

Papillary carcinoma causes a lump in the thyroid or enlargement of the thyroid gland, cough, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or changing voice, and swelling of the neck.

Papillary carcinoma can also result in other health complications, such as injury to the voice box and hoarseness after thyroid surgery; low calcium level due to accidental removal of the parathyroid glands during surgery; and spread of the cancer to the lungs, bones, or other parts of the body.

Papillary carcinoma harms the endocrine system.

Papillary carcinoma can be treated with surgery, external beam radiation, or chemotherapy.

Sources include:

eMedicine.Medscape.com

Healthline.com

MedlinePlus.gov

EverydayHealth.com

EndocrineDiseases.org



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