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Thyroid Cancer Expertise

When you are being treated for cancer you want a doctor who is familiar with your particular disease and who has the experience of treating many thyroid cancer patients.

Our specialists at the Stanford Cancer Center not only treat thyroid cancer patients with the most advanced treatments available today, they also offer a multidisciplinary approach with a dedicated Thyroid Cancer Tumor Board and are active in research and clinical trials in the area.

Surgical Excellence
Stanford head and neck surgeons have extensive experience operating on patients with thyroid cancer, and contribute to research that defines best-practices in the field.

Imaging Excellence

Cancer Center doctors have pioneered advanced imaging techniques like sonography and intraoperative ultrasonography that are improving outcomes and follow up in thyroid cancer patients.

Doctors in the Division of Nuclear Medicine have enrolled patients in clinical trials that improved the effectiveness of radioiodine treatment following surgery. Stanford researchers are studying the genetic profiles of thyroid tumors in order to better understand which patients are the best candidates for 131-I radioablation therapy.

Stanford physicians also participated in the Bay Area Thyroid Cancer Study funded by the National Institutes of Health that looked at the relationship between diet, iodine intake and the development of thyroid cancer.

Genetic Analysis and Counseling
Thyroid cancer, especially medullary thyroid cancer, sometimes runs in families and is caused by mutations in certain genes. If multiple people in your family have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, you may want to be evaluated by genetic counselors associated with the Cancer Center who specialize in the study of genetic mutations or syndromes (e.g., ret mutations, familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome, Cowden's syndrome) that can cause thyroid cancer.

If one of these syndromes runs in your family, you can be carefully monitored so that if you develop thyroid cancer, it can be detected early when it is most treatable.


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