At City of Hope, our dedicated team of experts take a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating thyroid cancer. Instances of this disease have grown steadily over the years, but this is a highly treatable condition. If you’ve been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or a tumor, talk to us about the latest treatment options.
If you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of thyroid cancer. We are one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute and U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.
Our multidisciplinary staff uses an integrated approach to treating thyroid cancer by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care.
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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your throat. It serves several important functions, including producing hormones that control body temperature, weight, energy level heart rate and more.
Cancer of the thyroid occurs when abnormal cells in the thyroid begin to grow and multiply uncontrollably.
There are four types of thyroid cancer, papillary (the most common), follicular, medullary and anaplastic (a rare and aggressive type of cancer).
There are several factors that may increase your risk of developing thyroid cancer. They include:
Early signs of thyroid cancer often include unusual swelling, lumps or nodules in the neck. Other symptoms patients might experience are:
Thyroid cancer is highly treatable, especially when caught early. Most early diagnoses occur when patients notice swelling, nodules or lumps on their necks.
After conducting a physical exam and assessing your personal and family health history, one or more of the following procedures may be used to detect thyroid cancer:
At City of Hope, your care team will work with you to implement a personalized treatment plan based on your specific diagnosis. There are several options for treating thyroid cancer:
Surgery is a common treatment option for thyroid cancer. At City of Hope, we use minimally invasive, robotically assisted surgeries whenever possible. These procedures result in less pain and discomfort, reduced blood loss and faster recovery times.
Depending on your specific thyroid cancer diagnosis, you may undergo one of the following types of surgery:
Drug therapy uses medicines to kill cancer cells. These therapies include:
The drug or drug combination used depends on the type and stage of thyroid cancer and the patient’s health, treatment and overall treatment goals. This personalized medicine approach may be further enhanced by molecular or genetic testing of your cancer, which can help identify treatments that are more effective and with fewer side effects.
City of Hope has a wide portfolio of cancer-fighting drugs available, allowing our medical oncologists to plan and prescribe a drug regimen that can best fight thyroid cancer while minimizing side effects.
City of Hope offers a wide variety of leading-edge radiation therapy options to treat thyroid cancer.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or other forms of radiation to kill cancer cells. Most thyroid cancers require external beam radiation therapy, which delivers a carefully focused bean of radiation from a machine outside the body.
Depending on the cancer, the patient’s health and desired outcomes, radiation therapy may be offered on its own, or in conjunction with surgery and drug therapy.
After you've had surgery for thyroid cancer, you may undergo radioactive iodine therapy. The goal of this treatment is to remove all remaining thyroid cells or thyroid cancer cells anywhere in the body.
Radioactive iodine is taken in pill or liquid form, then travels through the blood to collect in thyroid cells. The thyroid gland absorbs nearly all the iodine in the blood, so when a large dose of radioactive iodine is taken, the radiation can destroy the thyroid gland and cancer cells with little effect on the rest of the body.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.
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City of Hope is a recognized leader in thyroid cancer research. We offer access to numerous clinical trials and new therapies that are not readily available elsewhere. Our latest research includes developing more precise surgical and radiation techniques for better tumor removal, identifying drugs that can better fight the cancer throughout the body and boosting quality of life for our patients and survivors.
At City of Hope, Your care continues long after treatment is completed, and we are committed to helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery. Patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts, who will help you and your caregivers achieve and maintain a better quality of life during and after your thyroid cancer treatment.
We can help with all of these concerns, and more: