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Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer needs comprehensive treatment. We provide personalized thyroid cancer care, using the latest technologies and approaches to achieve the best outcomes.

Our team includes highly experienced endocrinologists, surgical oncologists, otolaryngologists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists.

Honored for Thyroid Cancer Expertise

Independence Blue Cross named us a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers®, including thyroid cancer. The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only three Pennsylvania centers to receive that honor for cancer treatment excellence.

Blue Distinction Complex and Rare Cancers

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012

Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis

With the most up-to-date diagnostics for thyroid cancer, our testing services include: thyroid ultrasound; laryngoscopy; thyroid uptake and scan (nuclear medicine); and biopsy.

We also provide consultations (second opinions) for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.

Thyroid Cancer Treatments

Our experts use the latest treatment approaches for thyroid cancer. Surgical removal of the thyroid gland (thyroidectomy) is often the primary treatment. Some lymph nodes also may be removed. Additional testing after surgery may include I-131 whole body scan and MRI, CT and PET scans.

After surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, a nuclear medicine therapy, eliminates any remaining thyroid tissue and helps prevent recurrence. Therapy doses are individualized for safety.

Radiation therapy may be used in combination with surgery and/or radioactive iodine, or on its own, to stop thyroid cancer growth. Less often, chemotherapy or targeted therapy may be given.

Fertility Preservation

Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before cancer treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.

Help Navigating Your Cancer Treatment

Whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment, our cancer navigators provide help and support. The patient navigator for thyroid cancer, Diane Anderson, is available at 215-481-2827 or deanderson@amh.org.

Find a Physician or Cancer Navigator

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