The thyroid is a small gland in the neck. The function of a gland is to secrete hormones. The thyroid secretes thyroid hormone, which drives your body's metabolism.
Thyroid cancer is a malignancy found within the thyroid gland. Symptoms may include:
Your doctor will ask for a complete medical history and will perform a thorough physical examination. Different diagnostic studies may be ordered, including imaging studies and lab tests. These may include:
Thyroid cancer is treated with surgery to remove the thyroid gland. Lymph nodes next to the thyroid may need to be removed as well. You may require treatment with radioactive iodine after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Our endocrine surgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team to diagnose and treat thyroid cancer. Washington Cancer Institute's Thyroid Institute is one of the most well respected thyroid treatment centers in the world. Our surgeons will work closely with your other doctors to make sure you receive the best possible treatment.
Fighting cancer is not just about the medical treatments. It is also about managing other aspects of your life. MedStar Washington Hospital Center has many resources to help you and your family members manage your life during treatment. Some resources our patients use include:
Not all endocrine surgeons are willing to operate on recurrent thyroid tumors, which are tumors that have grown back after initial thyroid surgery. Because of our training and experience, we are confident in managing recurrent tumors. Learn more about surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Most patients go home the day after surgery. One week after surgery, you will be seen by your surgeon to assess your healing progress. Most people return to work or their daily routines within two weeks after surgery. Learn more about postoperative visits.
For additional information, appointments or patient referrals, please contact us at 202-877-3158.