Your thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in your body. It is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the base of your neck. It is located right below your Adams apple.
Your thyroid does some important things. It controls how quickly your body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive your body should be to other proteins. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and weight.
Hurthle cell cancer is cancer that begins in the Hurthle cells (large cells) of your thyroid gland. It is a tumor (growth) that is made up totally or predominantly of Hurthle cells.
Hurthle cell cancer is also referred to by other names. It is also called Hurthle cell carcinoma, Hurthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid or oxyphil cell carcinoma.
Hurthle cell cancer is a rare type of cancer. There are around 37,000 cases of thyroid cancer that are diagnosed each year in the United States. Less than 5% of these thyroid cancers are Hurthle cell cancer.
Women get Hurthle cell cancer more than twice as often as men do. Although it can occur at any age, Hurthle cell cancer usually begins in people who are over the age of 50.
Like many other forms of cancer, Hurthle cell cancer may not cause any signs and symptoms in its early stages. As the cancer progresses, signs and symptoms that you may have are:
Hoarseness or other changes to your voice
A persistent cough
Swollen lymph nodes
A fast-growing lump (nodule) in your neck
Pain in your throat
Problems with breathing
Pain in your neck
Problems with swallowing
A tight feeling in your neck
Shortness of breath.
These signs and symptoms can be an indication of something other than Hurthle cell cancer. They may indicate a goiter (noncancerous enlargement of your thyroid) or an infection of your thyroid gland.
You or your loved one may have been diagnosed with Hurthle cell cancer. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be keeping you from working. It may be why you or your loved one is disabled.
If so, you may need help. You or your loved one may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be considering applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by Hurthle cell cancer and/or complications resulting from this disease. You or your loved one may have already done this and been denied.
If you or your loved one decides to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, always remember. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who do not have a disability attorney.