Thyroid Cancer

Your outlook is good. With the treatments available at INTEGRIS Health, five-year survival rates are above 98% – and you’ll have the full force of the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute behind you.

INTEGRIS Cancer Institute

We can beat thyroid cancer – together.

The Good News

Cancer of the thyroid usually occurs after exposure to radiation of your head, neck or chest. This can be from natural sources or from artificial sources – like radiation therapy for lymphoma. But the outlook is good. With the treatments available at INTEGRIS Health, five year survival rates are above 98%. Better still, you’ll have the full force of the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute behind you, with the region’s foremost collection of therapies, physicians and specialists.

Don’t Go it Alone

We’re here for you every step of the way, from the first diagnosis and staging to treatment and even beyond – with rehabilitation designed specifically for cancer survivors. We know this can be a challenging time, so please ask your physician about any concerns or questions you might have.

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Understanding Thyroid Cancer

If you think you may be suffering from thyroid cancer, it’s best to talk with your physician. Symptoms caused by thyroid cancer could also be caused by a variety of other health problems, and only a doctor can accurately diagnose their cause. Some of these symptoms include:

  • A painless lump in the neck
  • Hoarseness or loss of voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Throat or neck pain that does not go away
  • Breathing problems
  • A cough that does not go away

If your doctor thinks you might have thyroid cancer, exams and tests will be required to reach an accurate diagnosis. This begins with your physician asking questions about your health history, symptoms, risk factors and family history of disease, and may continue with more in-depth tests:

  • Blood Tests
  • Thyroid Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy

Several types of treatment can be used for thyroid cancer. Which may work best for you? It depends on a number of factors. These include the type, size, location, and stage of your cancer. Other important factors include your age, overall health and what side effects you find acceptable. Your doctor can answer any questions or concerns you have.

  • Surgery: This is done to remove part or all of the thyroid (called a thyroidectomy) and sometimes nearby lymph nodes.
  • Thyroid Hormone Therapy: Suppresses the pituitary gland from secreting more thyroid-stimulating hormone, which may stimulate a recurrence of papillary cancer.
  • Administration of Radioactive Iodine: This is done to destroy any remaining thyroid tissue. Targeted Therapy
  • Targeted Therapy Drugs: Such as vandetanib.

Additional surgery or other treatments may be necessary if the cancer has spread.

At INTEGRIS, we offer a wide variety of support programs and services along with the Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center to help patients with breast cancer and their loved ones manage the physical and emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Support services for thyroid cancer include:

  • Mind, body therapies including acupuncture, massage, and yoga
  • Research and clinical trials
  • Nutrition consultations
  • Pastoral care, spiritual support and relaxation techniques
  • Resource Room
  • Clinical social work services
  • Counseling
  • Patient navigation and survivor care planning
  • Multi-disciplinary clinic coordination
  • Cancer screenings
  • Patient and family support groups

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