Dr. Terris explains the differing types of thyroid cancer.
There’s four main types of thyroid cancer; there are two that are really good and luckily, by far the most common, and that’s papillary and follicular. And then there’s one that’s not as good; it’s called medullary, and then there’s one that’s really bad and luckily it’s very uncommon, what is called anaplastic thyroid cancer, and that’s what Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist had several years ago, and that’s a very fast-growing tumor that’s essentially uniformly fatal.
But luckily again, most of the cancer is papillary; the second most common is follicular, and those are what we call well-differentiating cancers which simply means that they behave very well.
About Dr. David Terris, M.D.:
Dr. David J. Terris is a Professor, Department Chair and Porubsky Distinguished Chair in the Otolaryngology Department at the Medical College of Georgia. He graduated with his B.A. from Cornell University and his medical doctorate from Duke University Medical School.