Brooke Burke Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer: Leading Doctor Reveals Probable Prognosis (VIDEO)

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"It is very survivable."

It's an encouraging prognosis from one of the nation's leading experts on thyroid cancer for the Dancing With the Stars cohost Brooke Burke-Charvet, who revealed her current battle in an emotional video to fans.

"There really is not a good type, but if you had to choose one (type of cancer) in some crazy scenario, this is one that I would probably choose," said Dr. Alan Christianson, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Thyroid Disease.

"Today, our five year survival rate at most ages, range from in the 99 percents."

Burke, 41, said in the emotional video that she's going to undergo a thyroidectomy -- the removal of all or part of your thyroid gland.

She said, "I'm going to have a have a nice big scar right here across my neck and I don't get to just walk around and pretend like nothing happened or not follow up or not share it because it's going to be pretty much dead center."

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of one's neck. It produces hormones that regulate every aspect of your metabolism, from your heart rate to how quickly you burn calories.

"She will be back to 100 percent," Dr. Christianson told The Daily Buzz about the prognosis for Burke's recovery.

"There are a couple of steps that go on in which they let her become low in thyroid hormone to make sure they can kill all the cancer cells. That can make you feel down during that process. That is usually four to six weeks.

"It is possible she will have a little lag of energy or her zest during that timeframe... but long term she will be as good as anyone who makes their hormones."

Burke's work schedule will not be affected by her thyroidectomy, her rep said Thursday.

Share your well wishes for Burke, below.



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  • ThyCA survivor
    ThyCA survivor

    Brooke, wishing you the best as you go into your surgery and possible RAI for thyroid cancer treatment. Being a thyroid cancer patient myself, I know the tough road you have ahead of you. Yes, this cancer has a high survival rate, fortunately most of us with the most common papillary type won't die from this, HOWEVER, please visit the THYCA website to educate yourself on what possible issues you will face. Unfortunately, the media keeps wanting to call this the "good cancer" which as I'm sure you are already experiencing, there is nothing "good" about this or any type of cancer! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kim

    It's vain. Not vein. And I think her point was that, unlike a lot of people in the limelight who never speak about their cancer battles and are able to hide it from the public, she will not be able to hide it because the scar will be visible. I doubt that all she cares about is the scar. Stop judging people you don't even know and go learn to spell.

  • Survivor

    I read an article yesterday and this one today...I wish her luck been through this too. What I found most interesting was all she seems to care about is the scar? If she has a good surgeon as I did, you can never tell...sorry she is so vein!