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Thyroid Cancer - When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A lump or swelling in your neck. This is the most common symptom of thyroid cancer.
  • Pain in your neck and sometimes in your ears that doesn't go away and is not caused by a cold or allergies
  • Hoarseness that is not related to a cold
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing or constant wheezing
  • A cough that continues and is not related to a cold
  • Bone pain

Who to see

Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms and help determine your risk for thyroid cancer include:

Thyroid cancer is usually treated by endocrinologists, nuclear medicine specialists, surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 12, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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