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At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our specialists have access to the most innovative diagnostic techniques and treatments for thyroid neoplasms. Our experts offer personalized therapy options that aim to treat underlying conditions and relieve symptoms.
The thyroid is a small gland located in the frontal region of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, and has as main function the secretion of hormones integral to growth and developmental functions in the body. Thyroid neoplasms, or thyroid nodules, are lumps that can form inside the thyroid. They can be filled with fluid or can be solid. The nodules that develop within the thyroid gland can be benign, which do not cause any symptoms and are not considered to be serious; or they can be malignant, which are less common, but are considered more dangerous, requiring immediate treatment. Most cases of thyroid nodules are diagnosed during routine checks. There is a wide range of treatment options available for all types of thyroid nodules, and the majority of cases have a positive prognosis.
A benign thyroid nodule can sometimes require surgical intervention, especially if the size restricts breathing or swallowing, or becomes uncomfortable for the patient. Additionally, nodules that cause an excessive amount of thyroid hormones, leading to hyperthyroidism, can also be surgically removed if medications prove to be ineffective. When patients are diagnosed with malignant thyroid neoplasms, they are generally recommended to undergo surgery in order to have these growths removed as well other areas of the thyroid that have been affected. It is important to mention that all the patients who have their thyroid gland removed will need replacement hormone treatments for the duration of their lives.
The surgical procedures performed when dealing with thyroid neoplasms are:
Depending on the type of thyroid neoplasm the patient is diagnosed with, the specialist will recommend one of the following treatment methods:
There are two main types of thyroid neoplasms, benign and malignant. Additionally, there are several different types of malignant neoplasms.
The most common symptoms associated with thyroid neoplasms are:
The most frequently used diagnosis techniques when dealing with thyroid neoplasms are:
Some of the most important risk factors associated with the formation of thyroid neoplasms are:
The main causes that lead to the development of thyroid neoplasms are:
Thyroid neoplasms can be serious, especially if they are malignant. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to ask for your doctor’s advice before trying any alternative treatments. Generally, these alternative treatments can be beneficial to patients suffering from benign neoplasms. Some of the most common alternative treatments for thyroid neoplasms are:
Although the formation of thyroid neoplasms cannot always be prevented, there are certain things you can do or certain things you can avoid in order to lower your chances of developing these thyroid neoplasms. By avoiding radiation, especially during childhood, by not smoking, by doing certain tests that can reveal your predisposition for thyroid problems, you can prevent the formation of thyroid neoplasms. Additionally, in order to avoid any complications associated with the malfunction of the thyroid gland, it is strongly recommended to do routine checkups and to visit your doctor periodically.
Are you suffering from thyroid neoplasms? You can always learn more about thyroid problems and how to treat and cure them by getting in touch with our specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
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