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Inspira Health’s experts are skilled in diagnosing and treating thyroid cancer, the most common endocrine cancer.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the front part of your neck below the thyroid cartilage, or Adam’s apple.
Follicular cells, which are found inside the thyroid gland, create and secrete hormones that help regulate functions such as your metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Sometimes, the thyroid gland can form nodules, or lumps, which may become cancerous over time. It’s important to note that many nodules are not serious and do not cause symptoms.
Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis at Inspira
Depending on the size and appearance of a thyroid nodule, your doctor may wish to conduct a series of tests. A neck ultrasound is typically the best test to evaluate the thyroid gland and thyroid nodules.
If you do have thyroid nodules, you should see your regular doctor or a thyroid specialist such as an endocrinologist.
After conducting a physical examination and reviewing your medical history, your doctor may suggest a number of different tests, including:
- Imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, chest X-ray, CT scan, and/or radioiodine scan
- Blood tests
- Vocal cord exam (laryngoscopy)
These tests will help your doctor find suspicious areas that may be cancer, and learn how far the cancer may have spread.
Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
The majority of patients with thyroid cancer are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t experience any noticeable symptoms or warning signs. Thyroid cancer only presents symptoms when the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. This usually takes many years to develop. If and when the cancer has advanced, patients may start to suffer from symptoms such as neck pain or swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, persistent coughing and hoarseness or vocal changes.
Because these symptoms can be indicative of another thyroid condition, you should consult your primary care physician who can refer you to a thyroid specialist or endocrinologist for further testing and medical guidance.
Our Approach to Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Depending on the stage and type of thyroid cancer you have, treatment methods may vary. Papillary thyroid cancer, which accounts for nearly 80-90 percent of all cases, is the most common form of thyroid cancer and is typically very responsive to surgery. Other forms of the disease may be treated using alternative methods, including thyroid hormone therapy, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
To get an accurate diagnosis and increase your chances of a healthy recovery, it’s critical to see a thyroid surgeon or endocrinologist for more information.
Why Choose Inspira for Thyroid Cancer Treatment
We combine cutting-edge medical technology with a human touch, allowing us to provide expert care. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained oncology physicians are well-versed in the latest cancer treatments and are equipped with advanced technologies that can increase your chances for a successful recovery. We also understand that navigating the ups and downs of life with cancer can be overwhelming, which is why we provide a built-in support system of social workers, counselors, coordinators, registered dieticians and behavioral health specialists so you and your family don’t have to walk the path to recovery alone.
Inspira’s oncology physicians take a multi-faceted approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer by looking at your condition from a holistic perspective. Whether you’re just beginning treatment or are a cancer-free survivor, we take everything—genetics, lifestyle habits and other risk factors—into account when designing your care plan. By treating the whole person rather than just the disease itself, we’re able to offer a more targeted, personalized experience.
Inspira participates in clinical trials to explore new ways to prevent, detect or treat cancer. Clinical trials can also focus on other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with cancer. Participants help others and may also benefit from receiving the newest treatment along with additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with two cancer centers in the Southern New Jersey region, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live. When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: healing and getting your life back.
Inspira Cancer Centers
Cancer care and services are offered at several of our convenient medical center locations.