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Will I need surgery for thyroid cancer?

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Surgery is the most widely used method to get rid of thyroid cancer. It’s called a thyroidectomy. All or part of your thyroid gland is removed in this procedure.

Your surgery may also include removing lymph nodes in the neck area, and tissue around the thyroid gland. It will depend on the size and location of the tumor.

SOURCES:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology: “AACE/AAES Medical/Surgical Guidelines for Clinical Practice: Management of Thyroid Carcinoma.”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Thyroid Cancer” “If You Have Thyroid Cancer.”

Thyroid : “2015 American Thyroid Association Management Guidelines for Adult Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Health Professional Version,” “Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines); Thyroid Carcinoma.”

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine: “The SNMMI Practice Guideline for Therapy of Thyroid Disease with I 3.0.” 131

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology: “AACE/AAES Medical/Surgical Guidelines for Clinical Practice: Management of Thyroid Carcinoma.”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Thyroid Cancer” “If You Have Thyroid Cancer.”

Thyroid : “2015 American Thyroid Association Management Guidelines for Adult Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Health Professional Version,” “Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines); Thyroid Carcinoma.”

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine: “The SNMMI Practice Guideline for Therapy of Thyroid Disease with I 3.0.” 131

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 14, 2018

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