Thyroid cancer is a cancer that occurs in the thyroid gland, located at the front of the neck. According to the American Cancer Society, thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the country.
If you have been diagnosed with papillary, follicular, anaplastic, or medullary thyroid cancer, it is important that you know all your treatment options. The specialists at Ackerman Cancer Center will gladly speak with you to discuss all aspects of your diagnosis and provide answers to any questions you have. Call us today at 904-880-5522 to set up a consultation to discuss your treatment options.
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At Ackerman Cancer Center, treatment of thyroid cancer is always centered on the individual patient. Individuals with thyroid cancer may undergo thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid gland). After surgery, an oral thyroid hormone medication will be required for life.
Radioactive iodine may be given after thyroidectomy to destroy any remaining thyroid tissue. Radiation therapy can sometimes be used in place of surgery or if the cancer continues to grow following radiative iodine treatment.
Advanced treatment options available at the Center include:
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the x-ray beams travel through the tumor destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.
Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. While proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.
3D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique used to deliver radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, the radiation is delivered through several beams matched to the shape of the tumor.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are radiation therapy approaches that utilize multiple imaging and motion management techniques to precisely deliver radiation to tumors.
IMRT uses beams of radiation with multiple angles and varying intensities to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-dimensional images to monitor the tumors location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Radioactive Isotope Therapy is a targeted form of systemic therapy. The radioisotopes can be delivered directly to the bloodstream or ingested through a pill.
Forms of Radioactive Isotope Therapy available at Ackerman Cancer Center include: iodine-131, Xofigo, Strontium 90 and Samarium 153.
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For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call 904-880-5522.