How is Hurthle cell carcinoma (HCC) treated?
The main treatment for HCC is surgery. Surgeons remove part or all of the thyroid gland. Therapeutic lymph node dissections of the affected neck compartment may be needed for advanced disease.
Some people receive medications to suppress thyroid hormones after surgery. These medications stop the thyroid gland from making hormones that could make it more likely that cancer will come back.
Most people do not need traditional cancer treatments like radiation therapy. But your doctor or clinic may recommend something else if cancer has spread outside the thyroid gland.
What complications are associated with Hurthle cell carcinoma (HCC)?
HCC is typically more aggressive than other forms of thyroid cancer. It is more likely to spread to lymph nodes nearby. When cancer spreads, it becomes harder to treat.