Dr. Lazarus shares if a woman who becomes pregnant should have concerns because of her thyroid cancer.
Some women unfortunately have suffered from thyroid cancer and then worry about whether they should get pregnant, and if they do get pregnant, whether there will be any affect, and the short answer is that in the vast majority of women there is no need to particularly worry.
Now these women will be on a large dose of thyroxine to suppress their thyroid-stimulating hormone. There’s no evidence that pregnancy has an adverse effect on thyroid cancer. Normally a woman can conceive and have a baby while having been treated for thyroid cancer.
If a woman has had radioiodine therapy in the past for thyroid cancer, which is quite common, they shouldn’t get pregnant for four to six months after having had the radioiodine, but if they obey that instruction, there should be no problem.
If a woman has thyroid cancer and unfortunately it just happened to grow more while she was pregnant, you still could have surgery in the second trimester.
About Dr. Lazarus, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.E.:
Dr. John Lazarus is a clinical professor of clinical endocrinology at Cardiff University at Cardiff School of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom at the Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Sciences. The Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Sciences (CEDS) aims to undertake cutting edge laboratory-based and clinical research in the fields of endocrinology and diabetes.
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