Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2017

Today is the 1st September, which marks the start of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, an annual event that is the prime opportunity for us to spread awareness of the effects and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. 

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What Is a Thyroidectomy?

Surgery performed on the thyroid gland is known as a thyroidectomy. This usually involves removing all (a total thyroidectomy) or part (half – a Subtotal/Partial Thyroidectomy or quarter – Thyroid Lobectomy) of the thyroid. A thyroidectomy may be performed as treatment for thyroid cancer, when a goitre or nodule is causing problems or as a form of treatment for hyperthyroidism (it could be after trying radioactive iodine therapy and/or antithyroid drugs, with no success).

A total thyroidectomy is most common, and most commonly performed for thyroid cancer or hyperthyrodism. Continue reading “What Is a Thyroidectomy?”

Thyroid Cancer Types, Symptoms and Testing

While many people survive thyroid cancer, it can be a complicated cancer to diagnose and treat. I’ve covered some information on symptoms, testing and types, below. 

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