Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary with Same-Day Results
The Thyroid Nodule Clinic is a comprehensive multidisciplinary care team providing an integrated service specializing in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodules. This closely knit team of experts streamlines the diagnostic process, considers all treatment options and develops an individual care plan for each patient.
Nodules (lumps) on the thyroid are common and while most of them are benign, about eight percent are cancerous. Our closely knit team of experts streamlines the diagnostic process and develops an individual care plan for each patient.
Our clinic provides our patients with:
- A convenient approach with a treatment plan recommendation
- Decreased anxiety; same day results
- Rapid reports to primary care and/or referring physicians
The Thyroid Nodule Clinic is held every Thursday morning. It is located in the Imaging Department of Cayuga Medical Center.
A thyroid imaging test (ultrasound) is required prior to an appointment at the Thyroid Nodule Diagnostic Clinic. These tests are available at Cayuga Medical Center.
Call (607) 252-3219 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions about our program.
Thyroid Cancer: Introduction
Changes in the thyroid gland are often easy to see and feel. Lumps or bumps, called nodules, are common. They may not need to be treated. Not all of them are cancer. Growths that are not cancer don’t spread from the thyroid to other parts of your body.
Thyroid Cancer: Diagnosis
If your healthcare provider thinks you might have thyroid cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure. Diagnosing thyroid cancer starts with your healthcare provider asking you questions. He or she will ask you about your health history, your symptoms, risk factors, and family history of disease. Your healthcare provider will also give you a physical exam.
Thyroid Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis
After a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, you will likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare providers learn more about the cancer. They can help show if the cancer has grown into nearby areas or spread to other parts of the body. The test results help your healthcare providers decide the best ways to treat the cancer. If you have any questions about these or other tests, be sure to talk with your healthcare team.
Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
A fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid is a procedure to remove a small sample of tissue from your thyroid gland. Cells are removed through a small, hollow needle. The sample is sent to the lab for analysis.
Thyroid Cancer: Treatment Questions
Talking with healthcare providers about cancer can be overwhelming. It can be hard to take in all of the information. It helps to be prepared.
Thyroid Cancer: Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy uses pills to give your body the hormones that were made by the thyroid gland before cancer treatment. Thyroid hormones are important because they help the body work properly.
Thyroid Cancer: Surgery
Surgery is often the first and main treatment for almost all thyroid cancers. Your healthcare provider will use tissue removed during surgery to find out the cancer’s type and stage. The type and stage of the cancer helps tell whether you need additional treatment.
Thyroid Cancer: Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy uses special medicines to kill cancer cells. The medicines attack and kill cells that grow quickly, like cancer cells. Some normal cells also grow quickly. Because of this, chemotherapy can also harm those cells.
Thyroid Cancer: Stages
The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Your healthcare provider uses exams and tests to find out the size of the cancer and where it is. Your provider can also see if the cancer has grown into nearby areas, and if it has spread to other parts of your body. The stage of a cancer is one of the most important things to know when deciding how to treat the cancer.