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Mercy’s specialists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for thyroid cancer. We take a team approach to cancer care, bringing together endocrinologists, surgeons, nuclear medicine doctors, oncologists and other professionals to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care.
Some cases of thyroid cancer are linked to inherited conditions, but most have an unknown cause. We do know that thyroid cancer risk factors include:
If you believe you may have an increased risk for thyroid cancer, talk with your physician.
Having any of these symptoms does not mean you have thyroid cancer. Still, see your doctor in order to identify the cause and get treated if necessary. Symptoms of thyroid cancer include:
Mercy physicians use several diagnostic tests to check for thyroid cancer. If you have symptoms, we may recommend one or more of the following tests.
If you are diagnosed with thyroid cancer, your Mercy team of cancer specialists will develop a personalized treatment plan. Mercy’s cancer teams use the most advanced treatments and technologies to eliminate thyroid cancer and prevent it from returning. Your specific cancer plan will depend on the stage of your cancer, whether or not it has spread as well as the condition of your overall health.
The most common treatment is surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid. Thyroid cancer surgery options include the following.
Patients who have most or all of their thyroid gland removed may need to take thyroid hormone replacement medication for the rest of their lives.
Radiation therapy may be used after surgery or alone to destroy cancer cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue.
Drugs that regulate thyroid hormone levels may be used to prevent cancer from spreading or recurring.
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At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: