Thyroid Cancer Specialist

The Endocrine Center -  - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialist

The Endocrine Center

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialists located in Houston, TX

Every year, approximately 47,000 Americans get thyroid cancer. Fortunately, when diagnosed early, thyroid cancer treatment is often successful. The board-certified team of doctors at The Endocrine Center diagnoses and treats thyroid cancer at their Main Campus, Methodist West, and Greater Heights office locations in Houston, Texas. Call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today for state-of-the-art testing and treatment.

Thyroid Cancer Q & A

What are the warning signs of thyroid cancer?

Your thyroid is a small gland located at the front of your neck, so most of the warning signs of thyroid cancer affect your neck and throat. For example, the disease can cause:

  • A lump on your neck
  • Swelling in your neck
  • Pain in the front of your neck that can radiate toward your ears
  • Hoarseness and voice changes
  • Swallowing problems
  • Breathing difficulty
  • A chronic cough

Many conditions can cause these symptoms, so it’s essential to talk to a doctor and have the necessary diagnostic tests to confirm your condition. 

How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?

The physicians at The Endocrine Center provide a thorough exam and comprehensive testing to diagnose thyroid cancer. They feel your neck for lumps or other physical changes in your thyroid. Your doctor also orders blood tests to determine if your thyroid is functioning correctly.

The team also uses on-site thyroid ultrasounds and biopsies to identify abnormal masses and test for cancerous cells. These tests can also show if the cancer has spread beyond your thyroid. 

What are the available treatments for thyroid cancer?

The team at The Endocrine Center provides personalized treatment plans for thyroid cancer. Depending on the size and stage of your cancer, your physician could recommend watchful waiting. 

However, if you have a large tumor with a high risk of metastasizing, your physician could recommend a full or partial thyroidectomy (thyroid removal surgery). After a thyroidectomy, your doctor might recommend chemotherapy or radiation to ensure the destruction of all the cancerous cells. 

You might also need to have a radioactive iodine treatment to destroy any remaining thyroid cells to eliminate any microscopic cancer cells or prevent a recurrence. 

Are thyroid hormones necessary after thyroid cancer?

You do need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of your life after the removal of the thyroid gland. Your thyroid produces the hormones that regulate your metabolism and many other critical body functions. 

Your physician explains how to manage your health and provides a prescription to replace the hormones your body won’t be able to produce. You have routine follow-ups so your doctor can monitor your health and screen for signs of recurring cancer. 

Call your nearest office of The Endocrine Center today or make an appointment online if you have any concerns about thyroid cancer.