Is there a cure for medullary thyroid cancer?

There is currently no cure for medullary thyroid cancer. The disease is treated by removing the thyroid gland and nearby lymph nodes. Or if you are genetically predisposed, the best way to treat it is to remove the gland before it becomes cancerous. Medications and drug therapies are not effective. Because this type of cancer spreads to the lungs, liver, and bone, about 85 percent of people diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer will live for about five years. Then, about 65 percent live up to 10 years.

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Are there alternative treatments for medullary thyroid cancer?
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How does medullary thyroid cancer affect the body?
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Who is most at risk for medullary thyroid cancer?
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What are the symptoms of medullary thyroid cancer?
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