Thyroid Cancer2020-06-08T17:39:41+00:00

Thyroid Cancer

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Thyroid Cancer

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Thyroid cancer is a fairly common cancer that results when abnormal cells begin to grow in the thyroid gland. Many patients have a high rate of long-term survival because the cancer is usually found early and treatment methodologies work well.

Symptoms

Several symptoms of thyroid cancer include:

  • Lump or swelling in the neck
  • Pain felt in and around the neck
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Breathing issues
  • Hoarse voice
  • Frequent cough

Treatment

Treatment for thyroid cancer usually involves either surgical removal of the thyroid or the use of radioactive iodine.

  • Surgery: If medical treatment fails, or if an enlarged thyroid is present and it is compressing neck structures, surgery is recommended to remove part or the entire thyroid (thyroidectomy). Removal of part of the thyroid is recommended when a toxic thyroid nodule may be producing too much hormone.

Traditional vs. Minimal Access Surgery

Most surgeries are done via minimal access thyroid surgery. Whereas the traditional method required a 6-8” incision across the neck and a several night stay in the hospital, minimal access surgery requires a 1.5-2” surgery with patients going home the day of surgery or the following day. Many patients are off of pain medicine by the first or second postoperative day and are back to their regular diet the day of or the morning after surgery. There is no wound care and patients can shower the day of surgery.

  • Radioactive Iodine Ablation: It is very rare that patients will require chemotherapy or radiation therapy as part of a treatment regimen for thyroid cancer. With the radioactive iodine approach, the patient takes a pill of iodine that has radioactive properties associated with it. The iodine travels through the blood to the thyroid and the radioactivity destroys the thyroid tissue, ideally producing the result that the thyroid will not make an excess of thyroid hormone following that therapy.

Thyroid Cancer
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Our Thyroid and Parathyroid Experts

Henry Ho

Thyroid Cancer Testimonial

Overall, thyroid cancer remains a relatively uncommon form of cancer. However, due to new technological innovations, which are able to detect the disease early on, diagnoses are on the rise. This early detection capacity ultimately bodes well for treatment and for increasing one’s chances for long term survival.

Dennis was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was referred to Henry N. Ho, M.D., a board certified otolaryngologist, specializing in head and neck cancer, president of The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates and co-director of the Head and Neck Program at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

Read His Story

Thyroid Cancer
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Click the photo to view a thyroid cancer patient testimonial and how it has affected his life.

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