Our Approach To Thyroid Nodules & Cancers

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What Sets Us Apart

Thyroid nodules and cancers develop in the thyroid, a small gland in the front of the neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism. Nodules—small growths on the thyroid—are cancerous only about 5 to 10 percent of the time, and these cancers usually respond well to treatment.

NYU Langone doctors were the first in the country to use ultrasound to diagnose noncancerous thyroid nodules and thyroid cancers. Our specialists also offer the most comprehensive genetic testing in the New York City area to help determine whether a thyroid nodule is cancerous and create the best treatment plan. 

NYU Langone doctors are nationally recognized for their expertise in using the results of these diagnostic tests in guiding treatment.  

Physicians at NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center collaborate to provide personalized care. Your team of specialists may include endocrinologists; endocrine or head and neck surgeons; nuclear medicine physicians; and, rarely, medical and radiation oncologists.

Treatment at NYU Langone

Treatment for thyroid nodules and cancers may include medication, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery. Watchful waiting, also known as active surveillance—a period during which doctors monitor but do not treat a condition—may be used for some nodules. Doctors may use radiation therapy to treat advanced thyroid cancer, which is rare.

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