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Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It makes hormones that help the body work normally. There are several types of cancer of the thyroid gland. You are at greater risk if you

  • Are between ages 25 and 65
  • Are a woman
  • Are Asian
  • Have a family member who has had thyroid disease
  • Have had radiation treatments to your head or neck

You should see a doctor if you have a lump or swelling in your neck. Doctors use a physical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, and a biopsy to diagnose thyroid cancer. Treatment depends on the type of cancer you have and how far the cancer has spread. Many patients receive a combination of treatments. They may include surgery, radioactive iodine, hormone treatment, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.

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Illustration of the thyroid showing the parathyroid glands
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  1. Thyroid Cancer (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... tests, imaging tests, and a biopsy to diagnose thyroid cancer. Treatment depends on the type of cancer you ...
  2. Tumor - thyroid; Cancer - thyroid ... Thyroid cancer can occur in all age groups. Radiation increases the risk of developing thyroid cancer. Exposure may ...
  3. General Information about Thyroid Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)  
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  4. Pediatric Thyroid Cancer (American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery)  
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  6. ... Progression-Free Survival in Some Patients with Metastatic Thyroid Cancer Summary Results from an international phase III trial ... benefit patients with locally advanced or metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer that is no longer responding to treatment with ...
  7. Thyroid Cancer (American Society of Clinical Oncology)  
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  8. What You Need to Know about Thyroid Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)  
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  9. About 80% of all thyroid cancers diagnosed in the United States are the papillary carcinoma type. It is more common in women than in men. It ...
  10. What Is Thyroid Cancer? (American Cancer Society)  
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