The thyroid is a gland at the base of the throat. As an endocrine gland, the thyroid makes and secretes hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Thyroid cancer survival rates can be high if diagnosed early. Accurately diagnosing the disease and personalizing treatment is essential to long-term success and fewer side effects.
To achieve the best outcomes possible, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center uses a multidisciplinary approach. An integrated team of endocrinologists, surgical oncologists, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists will determine the exact nature of your thyroid cancer. We will then recommend a treatment plan taking advantage of the latest techniques to help you beat cancer.
From advanced imaging technologies, minimally invasive surgery, and genetic testing to hormone management therapies and palliative care to decrease symptoms and stresses — we’re here for you.
Staging is the process of determining how much cancer is in the body, where it's located, and how severe it is, based on both the original (primary) tumor and any cancer that's spread (metastasized) to other areas. The staging scale typically starts at I (least risk) and can rise to IV (severe risk):
- Anaplastic thyroid cancer: considered stage IV because of its aggressiveness and because it has usually spread when it's discovered.
- Differentiated thyroid cancer: ranges from stages I-IV, depending on the extent of the disease and how old you are when you're diagnosed
- Medullary thyroid cancer: stages range from I-IV, depending on the size of the tumor and if it’s spread to other areas of your body
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
One of only 71 NCI-designated cancer centers in the United States. Sylvester is one of only two cancer centers in Florida that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute. The team earned this distinction through its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.
Only center in South Florida with a specialty endocrine testing center. Our specialized testing centers improves diagnosis accuracy, leading to more precise treatments and better results. Located at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the center is staffed by specialized nurses and technical assistants who perform complex hormone tests.
Advanced radiation oncology tools. Sylvester is one of only five medical centers in the country with ViewRay™ — MRI-guided radiation therapy. Our RapidArc® radiotherapy system delivers intensity modulated external radiation therapy (IMRT). These tools lead to more efficient and effective treatments, shorter treatment times, pinpoint accuracy in tumor targeting, and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
More cancer clinical trials than any other South Florida hospital. If appropriate for your cancer and stage, our clinical trials provide you with easy access to the newest ways to treat and potentially cure your cancer.