Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer
In general, chemotherapy is not as effective for thyroid cancers as it is for some other types of cancer, but it may sometimes be used to sensitize anaplastic thyroid cancers to external beam radiation therapy (EBRT).
We understand the potential side effects of chemotherapy are unpleasant and may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss and mouth sores. Your care team will use multiple measures to help reduce or moderate chemotherapy-related symptoms.
Prior to receiving chemotherapy for thyroid cancer, you may receive pre-medications to help make symptoms more tolerable.
During chemotherapy, your care team will provide supportive care services to ease side effects. For example, your naturopathic clinician may recommend supplements to reduce nausea. Also, your mind-body therapist can recommend mind-body techniques to help you relax and feel less anxious during your thyroid cancer chemotherapy treatments.