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How do medications treat medullary thyroid cancer?

Medullary thyroid cancer is typically not treated with medications. This form of cancer is treated with surgery. In some cases, radiation therapy has been used, but with unsuccessful results. Other forms of thyroid cancer are treated with radioactive iodine, but for people with medullary thyroid cancer, this is not a feasible option. Like radiation therapy, chemotherapy has been shown to produce some positive results in a few people, by extending their life for a short time.

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