Thyroid Disease Diagnosed and Treated by Mercy’s Expert Cancer Doctors


This 3D medical animation introduces the normal function of the thyroid gland and then describes the different types of thyroid cancers. Lastly, the animation shows the various treatments for thyroid cancer.

The highly skilled cancer surgeons of Mercy’s Surgical Oncology Center utilize comprehensive diagnostic testing and surgical therapies to manage tumors of the endocrine system, including thyroid disease. At Mercy in Baltimore a team of cancer specialists work together and with each patient to provide an individualized treatment plan for your cancer.

About the Condition

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and located at the base of your neck.  The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and weight.

Thyroid disease or thyroid cancer is when cancerous growths begin to form on your thyroid. Thyroid cancer is not common but is often found early and responds well to treatment.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Thyroid disease and thyroid cancer can present some of the following signs and symptoms:

  • A lump or swelling in your neck
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pain in your neck
  • Trouble breathing
  • Frequent cough

Diagnosis for thyroid cancer may include:

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for thyroid cancer depend on the stage and type of your cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists as well as endocrinologists will provide options that may include:

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