Why choose us for thyroid cancer care?
Many people in South Texas are turning to Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, for thyroid cancer care. Our experience from treating a high volume of adults and children helps us deliver precise care, even for complex cases.
Our team includes fellowship-trained endocrine and head and neck cancer and surgeons. They team with other specialists who coordinate therapies in meetings called tumor boards. These meetings ensure you receive the care that’s right for your situation, which may include sophisticated surgical and nonsurgical options.
Thyroid cancer is one of many types of endocrine tumors we treat.
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What you need to know about thyroid cancer
- Your thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces hormones, chemical messengers that control body functions. Thyroid hormones control your heart rate, digestion and bone strength.
- This type of cancer starts as a thyroid nodule, an abnormal, noncancerous growth. Find out more about thyroid nodules.
- Having a family history of certain thyroid cancers may raise your risk of a future thyroid cancer diagnosis. Learn more about rare and familial endocrine tumors.
- Younger patients with thyroid cancer receive additional support and specialized inpatient care through our adolescent and young adult cancer program.
How to talk to your doctor about thyroid cancer
Receiving a thyroid cancer diagnosis may come as a surprise. Our doctors take time to answer your questions so you feel confident about the next steps in your care.
Feel free to ask us about:
- Further testing, if necessary, to confirm a diagnosis or check treatment progress
- Cancer stage, which tells us how serious the cancer is and if it is likely to spread
- Treatment options, which often includes surgery followed by hormone therapy
- Potential treatment side effects and care options that help you get relief
Our personalized approach to care means you often have choices about your treatment plan. We explain options in ways that are easier to understand. You are welcome to bring loved ones with you to appointments for support.
There are many types of thyroid cancer, including:
- Papillary thyroid cancer, which is more common and grows slowly
- Follicular thyroid cancer, which occurs in the cells that produce thyroid hormone
- Medullary thyroid cancer, a rare type of thyroid cancer that can be passed down in families and has a high likelihood of spreading
- Anaplastic thyroid cancer, a rare fast-growing cancer that typically occurs in older adults