Thyroid cancer is being diagnosed more often today, even in early stages, because of improved imaging technologies. Sometimes, we can monitor small, slow-growing cancers rather than treat them immediately.
Thyroid cancer means that a lump in the thyroid contains cells that are growing abnormally. Many thyroid cancers are highly treatable and have an excellent prognosis. Our team evaluates thyroid tumors carefully to determine the specific type of cancer. We work with you to develop the most effective care plan for you.
Surgery is usually the first treatment for thyroid cancer. Our surgeons perform a high volume of thyroid operations each year. Research shows that patients have fewer complications and better outcomes after surgery at centers that do a high volume of procedures. Learn more about surgery for thyroid tumor.
Our surgical team has expertise in:
• Thyroid lobectomy: Removing one lobe of the thyroid
• Total thyroidectomy: Removing the whole thyroid gland
• Lymph node dissection: Removing lymph nodes (small structures that are part of the immune system) where cancer has spread
• Resection: Surgery to remove locally advanced thyroid cancer that invades the trachea, esophagus, or other structures
Because the thyroid gland absorbs iodine, radioactive iodine can treat thyroid conditions with relatively minor effect on the rest of your body. Iodine carries radiation directly to diseased thyroid cells to destroy them.
We often use radioactive iodine in addition to surgery to destroy all or part of the thyroid gland. Radioactive iodine treatment is usually given as a pill. Our nuclear medicine team has great expertise in treating thyroid cancer this way.
In some cases, we use additional radiation and targeted therapies to further treat thyroid cancer. Radiation uses intense beams of energy, like X-rays, to target the tumor and destroy cancer cells. Targeted therapy refers to treatment that travels through your body to the tumor. Our medical oncologists oversee this treatment, which is delivered as a pill or through infusion. We tend to use these treatments when thyroid cancer has spread to other regions of the body:
We offer extensive support services to help you maintain your quality of life throughout and after treatment. These services include: