Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza - Thyroid Center
A faster option for assessing patients with thyroid nodules
A coordinated approach for completing assessment in a single visit
From referral to initial consult and scans to results and discussing treatment options, the process for patients with thyroid nodules previously involved several visits, often spread over four to six weeks. The most recent set of guidelines from the American Thyroid Association specifies that the evaluation of a thyroid nodule should include:
- Clinical assessment to determine the number, size and location of all nodules within the gland
- Measurement of serum thyrotropin (TSH) to exclude hyperthyroidism
- Ultrasound to assess the nodule for features of malignancy
- Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of nodules that meet the appropriate size and ultrasound criteria
- Consideration of use of molecular markers to improve the diagnostic yield for indeterminate cytology
Given the number of steps involved, program leader Bryan McIver, M.D., Ph.D., and the Moffitt Endocrine Tumor Program team have developed a coordinated approach to better serve the needs of these patients and offer the entire assessments process in a single visit. To streamline the evaluation process, Dr. McIver created the Thyroid Center at Moffitt’s outpatient center adjacent to International Plaza – providing NCI-designated cancer care services in treatment, diagnosis and research closer to home.
To schedule your appointment, call 1-888-MOFFITT (663-3488) or complete a new patient registration form.