Thyroid cancer develops in the thyroid, a gland located at the base of the throat. The thyroid produces important hormones that help control the body’s heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism. Cancer can form when some of the cells that make up the thyroid tissue grow and multiply at a very rapid pace. The resulting buildup of extra cells can form a mass, or tumor, that can potentially become cancerous. Malignant cells can also break away from the thyroid and travel through the lymph nodes or blood vessels and invade other parts of the body.
Most often, the initial sign of thyroid cancer is a detectable lump or swollen area at the front of the neck. However, because many thyroid nodules are benign, the diagnostic process requires a complete and thorough clinical assessment, along with imaging, biopsy and blood testing. Patients who are concerned about symptoms, or who have been diagnosed and require treatment, can turn with confidence to Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center based in Florida that performs research, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of thyroid cancer.
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At Moffitt, our patients have access to a multispecialty team of experts who take a highly collaborative and coordinated approach to providing all aspects of cancer care in a single, convenient location. Led by Bryan McIver, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned clinician, respected educator and widely published researcher in the areas of endocrine cancer and thyroid nodules, our Endocrine Program offers patients a highly streamlined option for the evaluation and treatment of thyroid cancer and other conditions. As one example, in a single office visit, we can complete a full thyroid cancer assessment (based on guidelines established by the American Thyroid Association), including:
- Initial patient consultation
- Clinical examination
- Blood testing
- Review of results
- Discussion of treatment options
In keeping with our commitment to providing outstanding patient care, Moffitt developed this efficient and well-run approach to accomplish what previously involved multiple office visits that were often spread over the course of four to six weeks. What’s more, these comprehensive services are available at both our main campus and Moffitt at International Plaza. The bottom line is significant: Moffitt’s patients are diagnosed faster, which means they can begin treatment and achieve peace of mind sooner. This is one reason why our cancer survival rates outrank national averages and our patients enjoy higher-quality lives.
To learn more about our thyroid cancer services, please call 1-888-MOFFITT or schedule an appointment online. No referrals are ever necessary to consult with the experts at Moffitt’s Thyroid Clinic.