For patients with Januvia thyroid cancer, methods of treatment depend on the stage of the disease, as well as the health and preferences of the individual. Fortunately, most cases of thyroid cancer can be cured with prompt medical treatment and prescription medications. This article focuses on Januvia thyroid cancer treatments and drugs.
What treatments and drugs are used for Januvia-induced thyroid cancer?
Januvia thyroid cancer treatments and drugs typically include a combination of:
- Surgery – Most people with Januvia thyroid cancer will have to have surgery to remove the thyroid gland, and possibly the lymph nodes in the neck. Thyroid cancer surgery is performed by making a small incision in the skin at the base of the neck. Unfortunately, this procedure carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and potential damage to the parathyroid glands.
- Thyroid hormone therapy – After surgery is performed, most patients will be required to take thyroid hormone drugs for the rest of their lives. These prescription medications supply the missing hormone the thyroid normally produces, and suppress the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland. High TSF levels can cause any remaining cancer cells to grow.
- Radioactive iodine – Destroys any remaining healthy thyroid tissue, as well as microscopic areas of thyroid cancer that weren’t taken out during surgery. Radioactive iodine treatments may also be used to treat thyroid cancer that returns after treatment or that spreads to other areas of the body.
- External radiation therapy – Aims high-energy beams at specific parts of the patient’s body. External radiation therapy is usually administered for a few minutes at a time, five days a week, for around six weeks. This type of treatment is usually done when thyroid cancer has migrated to the bones or other parts of the body.
- Chemotherapy – Uses chemicals to kill cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is administered via injection, and the drugs travel throughout the patient’s body killing cancer cells. This method of treatment is not usually used to combat thyroid cancer, but it may benefit individuals who do not respond to more standard therapies.
Click here to learn more about Januvia thyroid cancer treatments and drugs from the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. (ThyCa)