Metastatic thyroid cancer, also known as stage 4 thyroid cancer, refers to cancer that has spread from the thyroid gland to distant areas of the body. This is the most advanced stage of thyroid cancer. At this late stage, many symptoms are likely to be present. In fact, symptoms typically appear at an earlier stage and can often be detected before the thyroid cancer has metastasized.
What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer?
The earliest sign of thyroid cancer is typically a lump or nodule at the base of the neck. You may be able to see and feel this lump yourself, or your physician may notice it during a routine checkup. Other symptoms of thyroid cancer that may be present early on before it has metastasized include:
- Changes in your voice or constant hoarseness
- Pain or soreness in the front of the neck
- A persistent cough
- Trouble swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
When thyroid cancer advances and metastasizes to distant areas of the body, some additional symptoms may be present. Metastatic thyroid cancer symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Unexpected weight loss
What should I do if I have symptoms of metastatic thyroid cancer?
As with other types of cancer, thyroid cancer that is detected in its early stages is more easily treatable and more likely to lead to a positive outcome and quality of life. If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with thyroid cancer, it is important to consult a physician as soon as possible to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Moffitt Cancer Center offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services for individuals with thyroid cancer. Whether you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or are experiencing metastatic thyroid cancer symptoms, you can find all of the services you need under a single roof at Moffitt.