Skip to site alertSkip to content

Types of Thyroid Cancer

Make an Appointment

Our team is here to help you make an appointment with the specialists that you need.

Types of Thyroid Cancer

Overview

There are different types of thyroid cancer. They are based on what the cells look like under a microscope. Your treatment will depend on which type of thyroid cancer you have.

These include:

  • Papillary thyroid cancer. This is the most common type of thyroid cancer. It's often only found in one lobe of the thyroid.
  • Follicular thyroid cancer. It's found more often in countries where people don't get enough iodine from food.
  • Hürthle cell cancer. This is a much less common type. It tends to spread to the lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Medullary thyroid cancer. This isn't very common. One type occurs mostly in adults. The other type is inherited and often develops during early childhood.
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer. This is very rare. It's a very aggressive cancer that grows rapidly and is almost always fatal.

Other cancers that can start in the thyroid include lymphoma and sarcoma.

Credits

Current as of: October 25, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Clinical Review Board
All Healthwise education is reviewed by a team that includes physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners, registered dieticians, and other healthcare professionals.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.