Although new and experimental chemotherapy drugs, some working with the immune system, are being developed and tested in clinical trials, there currently are no chemotherapy drugs able to reliably eliminate thyroid cancer cells. On the other hand, there are a number of chemotherapy medications that are able to stop or diminish the growth of aggressive thyroid cancer that has spread in the body. These are called “tumoristatic” drugs.
Caregivers of the Thyroid Oncology Program are highly skilled in the use and administration of tumoristatic drug therapy when appropriate for thyroid cancer. Some of this therapy is given in the context of clinical trials. Tumoristic drugs may be discussed with your doctor if it is recommended for your treatment.