Thyroid & Endocrine Cancer
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The dedicated endocrinologists and cancer specialists at Novant Health Cancer Institute diagnose and treat all types of cancer affecting your endocrine system. The most common endocrine cancer, thyroid cancer, is often detected early. Rely on our experts to provide a personalized treatment plan that will offer you the best results.
What is endocrine cancer?
Your endocrine glands are essential in producing, storing and releasing hormones into the bloodstream to regulate your body's growth and development. Endocrine cancers affect parts of the body that produce and secrete hormones. These may include the mouth, tongue, tonsils, throat, head, neck and sinus cavities. When your glands can't release hormones through the blood, that can lead to various chemical imbalances and disorders. Endocrine cancer occurs most often in the thyroid glands but can also affect:
- Adrenal glands
- Parathyroid glands
- Pituitary glands
Thyroid cancer risk factors
Gender is a significant risk factor for thyroid cancer. Three out of four thyroid cancer cases occur in women (those assigned female at birth). Endocrine cancers can sometimes be linked to your family history, inherited abnormal genes or rare genetic conditions.
Potential risk factors include:
- Enlarged or inflamed thyroid
- Family history
- Inherited genetic conditions
- Previous history of radiation exposure or treatment
- Too much or too little iodine in your diet
Thyroid cancer symptoms
The symptoms of thyroid cancer can vary and may not even be detected in the early stages.
Watch for these symptoms:
- A lump in the neck
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Neck pain
- Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck
Symptoms of other types of endocrine cancer may include:
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Fatigue or weakness
- Changes in bladder or bowel routines
- Loss of appetite or nausea
- Other unexplained pain
If you have any of these symptoms, speak to your physician to determine if they're signs of thyroid cancer or another condition.
Comprehensive Thyroid Cancer Treatment
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Who treats thyroid cancer?
An endocrinologist specializes in hormone-related diseases and conditions. That includes evaluating the glands in your body that produce various hormones regulating specific functions within your body.
An oncologist diagnoses and treats cancer. Medical oncologists prescribe and oversee chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted drug therapy. A radiation oncologist provides radiation therapy treatments. Surgical oncologists remove cancerous tumors, tissues and lymph nodes.
Depending on the severity of your cancer and other health factors, your endocrine care team may recommend surgery. Novant Health Cancer Institute surgeons are highly skilled in advanced robotic surgery and use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible for quicker recovery and less discomfort.
Other endocrine specialists
Your multidisciplinary thyroid cancer treatment team may include a patient navigator, radiologists, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers and rehabilitative specialists to round out your holistic care.
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