ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Possible complications of Hurthle cell cancer include:
- Difficulty swallowing and breathing. This can occur if the tumor grows and presses on the esophagus and trachea.
- Spread of the cancer. Hurthle cell cancer can spread (metastasize) to other tissues and organs, making treatment more difficult and diminishing the chances of recovery.
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