Surgery (thyroidectomy) is the best treatment for
thyroid nodules that are:
to be cancerous.
Noncancerous (benign) but large enough to cause
problems with breathing or swallowing.
People who develop thyroid nodules after receiving
radiation treatment to the head, neck, or chest are
more likely to need surgery because their risk for developing thyroid cancer is
greater. But most nodules in people who have had radiation therapy are not
For information about thyroid cancer and its
treatment, see the topic
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November 14, 2014
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