Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma (ATC)

Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma or also known as (ATC) is located on the gene NKX2-1 which is found on chromosome 14q13.3. ATC is a very rapid and aggressive type of thyroid cancer. Anaplastic invades the thyroid gland that’s located at the base of the throat right below the adam’s apple. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. Anaplastic is the least common thyroid cancer out of the 4 types, anaplastic occurs to people of the age of 60 and older. This rate is 2 times higher for women than men, but fewer than 10% are younger than the age of 50yrs. Most patients contract anaplastic thyroid cancer if they’ve had any history of any type of thyroid cancer in the past. Dovemed and many other articles and websites all …show more content…
Due to the poor treatment of ATC surgery cannot cure this type of cancer, even with the complete removal of the thyroid gland doesn’t prolong patients lives. Do to the symptoms of difficulties of breathing and swallowing, patients will need surgery to place a tube in the throat or stomach to help with the treatment of breathing or eating. Also radiotherapy and chemotherapy help with the treatment for ATC.

There has been current research on ATC that Cancer.NET has come out with “New surgical procedures, including video-assisted thyroid surgery, are being devloped that are aimed at reducing scarring on the skin and recovery periods.” They explain “That using special robotic tools to reach the thyroid gland through an incision in your armpit.” The only problem with this new surgical procedure is that not every center has an expertise to perform this surgery and this type of endoscopic surgery has limited availability. Cancer.Net has also looked into clinical trials that can help with treatment. These new treatment are called targeted therapy. This new treatment targets specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that

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