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Located at the base of the throat, on either side of the windpipe, the thyroid gland governs the body’s metabolism, or energy use. The thyroid gland is subject to several problems, including both noncancerous and cancerous nodules or tumors. Some of these nodules may be fluid-filled cysts.
A number of tests can help determine whether the nodule is benign or malignant. These may include blood tests, ultrasound or a thyroid scan - an imaging technique that uses radioactive iodine to identify cancerous cells. Another test is a needle biopsy. A fine needle is used to aspirate cells from the tumor so they can be examined under a microscope.
Thyroid cancer may be treated with medication, surgery or a combination of both. Surgery may also be appropriate for benign nodules that are causing symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing. If your doctor recommends surgery, we can remove all or part of the thyroid gland. Removal of the entire thyroid gland is called a thyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy. Removal of part of the gland is called partial or subtotal thyroidectomy. Following surgery, thyroid hormone therapy may be necessary to replace naturally produced hormones and to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.
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