Thyroid Disorders Clinic
Our clinic offers diagnosis and treatment of many thyroid disorders. These disorders include underactivity of the thyroid, overactivity of the thyroid, thyroid nodules, thyroid enlargement, inflammation of the thyroid, and cancers of the thyroid (http://www.the-thyroid-society.org/download/). Sensitive tests are available for detecting thyroid overfunctioning or underfunctioning. Our clinic specializes in treating these conditions by optimizing thyroid hormone therapy, or use of medications to lessen thyroid gland activity. We use thyroid scanning and sonograms to evaluate thyroid nodules and enlargement. We offer fine needle biopsy of the thyroid, which is done as an office procedure to evaluate benign or malignant growths of the thyroid. We work closely with other specialists to provide state of the art diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring for thyroid cancer (see below).
Fine Needle Aspiration Clinic
Experienced physicians are available to perform fine needle aspiration biopsies.This office-based procedure is very important for diagnosing benign or cancerous thyroid conditions, and has helped decrease the number of thyroid operations. Appointments for this procedure can be arranged if your initial thyroid evaluation suggests this procedure is indicated.
Are You at Risk for Thyroid Disease?
Approximately 12 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease. Thyroid diseases occur at least five times more frequently in women than in men.
- As many as ten percent of women over age 65 have an underactive thyroid.
- Thyroid dysfunction complicates 5% -9% of all pregnancies.
- Thyroid nodules are common, but only 5 -10% of these are cancerous.
Diagnosing Thyroid Cancer
Benign thyroid growths or nodules are very common, and it is important to distinguish them from cancers. Thyroid cancer is less common than other cancers, accounting for about 1% of all cancers. About 18,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are reported each year. It is not as lethal as some other cancers, and excellent treatments are available. Our thyroid clinic works with other specialists to provide complete diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of thyroid cancers. Diagnosis can include thyroid aspiration, radioactive iodine scanning, and thyroid sonography. Treatment can include surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, and thyroid hormone therapy.
For further information visit MedlinePlus: Thyroid Cancer.