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Thyroid Cancer: Treatments and Services

Thyroid cancer is treated based on many factors including they type of thyroid cancer, the stage, the patient's age, and whether or not the cancer has spread. The following treatment methods are used to treat thyroid cancer:

  • Surgery
    Physicians may remove the part of or the entire thyroid and the nearby lymph nodes and affected tissues. Chemotherapy and radiation may be used before or after surgery.
  • Radiation
    Radiation is the use of high energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. Physicians may use radiation by itself to treat thyroid cancer or to shrink tumors before surgery. Radiation therapy is given based on the stage of the tumor.

     
  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Physicians give these drugs based on the stage of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery to treat cancer. See related documents in the panel on the right side of this page for more information about chemotherapy at Winship and for helpful information on side effects.

 

 

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