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If a doctor or facility outside Stanford has already given you a diagnosis, we will have your biopsy slides sent to our pathologists (doctors specializing in cancer diagnosis). They will review the slides and confirm or adjust your diagnosis.
At Stanford, we tailor the diagnostic phase of thyroid cancer care to each individual patient. If you need further testing to complete your diagnosis, your doctor and care team will work with you to determine which tests you need. Tests may include:
Thyroid Imaging (Radiology) To obtain the most precise understanding of your cancer, your doctor may schedule you for different types of thyroid imaging that will help with diagnosis and treatment planning. If you have been screened elsewhere and received abnormal results, we may perform additional imaging, if needed.
Thyroid Biopsy (Pathology) If imaging or other screening tests show that you may have thyroid cancer, you will need a thyroid biopsy. This test takes a tiny sample of cells from abnormal areas of thyroid tissue.
Genetics Assessment for Thyroid Cancers Genetic testing is a medical test that identifies changes in genes, chromosomes, or proteins. For certain types of thyroid cancer, genetic testing can show whether you have inherited mutations in genes related to the disease.
Thyroid Lab Tests (Blood Draws) Before and during treatment, your doctor will ask you to have your blood drawn and tested at a lab. Blood tests can provide a variety of information, helping to establish your diagnosis and plan your course of tThyroid cancer treatment.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.