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Thyroid Cancer

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by Hellwig J

(Cancer, Thyroid)

 

Treatment

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 .
 

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org

Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association
http://www.thyca.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.ca

Thyroid Foundation of Canada
http://www.thyroid.ca

 

References


General information about thyroid cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/thyroid/patient. Accessed September 17, 2012.


Papillary thyroid cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated August 13, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2012.


Thyroid cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ThyroidCancer/DetailedGuide/index . Accessed September 17, 2012.


4/7/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Wolinski K, Czarnywojtek A, et al. Risk of thyroid nodular disease and thyroid cancer in patients with acromegay—meta-analysis and systemic review. PLoS One. 2014 Feb 14;9(2):e88787.

 

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