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Thyroid Cancer

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by Hellwig J

(Cancer, Thyroid)



Once thyroid cancer is found, staging tests are done to find out if the cancer has spread. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer. Examples of treatment options include:
  • Thyroidectomy —This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland.
  • Radioactive iodine therapy —This uses large doses of radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid gland and thyroid cancer without affecting the rest of the body.
  • External radiation therapy —This is the use of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation is directed at the tumor from a source outside the body.
If you are diagnosed with thyroid cancer, follow your doctor's instructions .


American Cancer Society

Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association



Canadian Cancer Society

Thyroid Foundation of Canada



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