Thyroid nodules are growths that form within the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland in the neck. Thyroid nodules are very common, affecting up to half of all people by age 60, and most are benign (noncancerous).
At Stanford, our doctors offer thorough analysis and diagnosis of thyroid nodules. Our experts can accurately advise you on whether a thyroid nodule needs surgical or other treatment. Many thyroid nodules don’t need treatment.
When thyroid nodules do need treatment, we use specialized surgical techniques that minimize the risk to nerves and other important structures. We also provide the latest nonsurgical care for thyroid conditions.