Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center provides the most advanced thyroid cancer diagnostic and treatment services with expertise, compassion and a personal team that works together to ensure you receive the best possible care. Our oncologists use the most sophisticated treatments, such as single-site robotic surgery and the newest radiation therapy technologies.
Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery in San Diego.
Thyroid cancer is cancer that begins in the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland has two halves known as lobes — one on each side of the neck — joined at the base by a strip of tissue called the isthmus.
Thyroid cancer is a type of endocrine cancer, which means it affects the cells that produce hormones. The thyroid gland produces hormones that help regulate our heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and metabolism.
About 3 out of 4 cases of thyroid cancer affect women. Generally, it’s diagnosed at a younger age than most other cancers.
According to the American Cancer Society, thyroid cancers are being detected earlier than in the past, in part due to improved diagnostic techniques, and can be treated successfully.
Learn more about thyroid cancer symptoms, diagnostic testing and stages below. As with most cancers, the earlier thyroid cancer is found, the greater the likelihood of successful treatment.
When you’ve been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, you want a team of expert cancer specialists on your side. Scripps MD Anderson multidisciplinary oncology teams fight thyroid cancer using the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies, including minimally invasive surgery and targeted radiation therapy.
Scripps MD Anderson diagnoses and treats thyroid cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:
- Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
- Outpatient clinics
- Specialty cancer treatment centers
For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.
Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup of support groups, support services and resources to help you along every step of your cancer journey.