The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck. A diagnosis of thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. The cause of thyroid cancer is poorly understood, but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some people have no symptoms although, as it grows, it can cause pain and swelling in your neck. Others may first notice a lump in the neck. Thyroid cancer rates seem to be rising which may be related to new technology that allows doctors to find small thyroid cancers that may not have been detected in the past. When discovered early, thyroid cancer treatment can be very successful. Treatment options include surgery, hormone therapy, radioactive iodine, radiation, and in some cases chemotherapy. Our service will guide you through the complex decisions, staging, and management options that arise upon diagnosis of a thyroid tumor. We use a collaborative approach, which includes participating in a tumor board, to ensure you are receiving the highest level of treatment available.
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