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How does medullary thyroid cancer affect the body?

Medullary thyroid cancer begins affecting the body in the neck. That's where the tumor originates, grows, and causes the thyroid gland to become enlarged and painful. Aside from unpleasant symptoms, which may include coughing up blood, pain, hoarseness, diarrhea, and trouble breathing and swallowing, medullary thyroid cancer can spread quickly to other tissues such as the liver, lungs and bone. This disease is almost always fatal.

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