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Is thyroid cancer related to celiac disease?

By Anonymous November 10, 2010 - 6:48am
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I have diagnosed with two nodules on each side of my thyroid. Also hypothyroidism.
I am having a biopsy today and will probably have surgery to take out thyroid.
i had celiac disease for over 17 years before it was diagnosed eight years ago.

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I am more worried now about my results from the biopsy of my lymph gland next to the thyroid. It has been disturbed from the biopsy and doesn't seem to want to go down.

What are thoughts on keeping the entire thyroid or having it removed if there is cancer? I have three nodules on one side and two small ones on right.
I just wish I could start getting some energy.

November 12, 2010 - 5:19am
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Anonymous (reply to glutenone)

I would recommend that you understand the difference between gluten free diets and TRUE gluten free diets. The following video link will help educate you on this.
In my experience, the gland does not typically have to be removed. Adherence to a strict diet along with addressing nutritional needs of the thyroid can help.
I wish you the best,
Dr. O

November 12, 2010 - 5:39am
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Anon, You might find this article linking celiac disease to thyroid cancer helpful.
All the best,
Dr. O

November 11, 2010 - 9:20am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Dr. O - Thanks for the link leading to this valuable information:
There is a 2.5-fold increased risk of papillary cancer of thyroid for celiac patients. Source: J Clin Gastroenterol. 2010 Aug 6.

November 11, 2010 - 5:08pm
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Hi Cindy - The following article on celiac disease and the associated cancer risks was written in 2007, but I think you will find it helpful. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/292137/celiac_disease_and_the_associated_cancer.html

I also wanted to make you aware of our Celiac Diet and Lifestyle Group, which you can find at https://www.empowher.com/groups/celiac-diet-and-lifestyle You will need to register on our site to join the group.

Please let us know what you learn from your biopsies and if we can assist you further. We hope for the best possible outcome.

Take care,

November 10, 2010 - 5:46pm
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