Treating Thyroid Cancer

At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart

As a thyroid cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.

Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of thyroid cancer experts not only discuss standard approaches to thyroid cancer care, but also formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This treatment planning approach helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.

Scott & White's mission to provide personalized, comprehensive care is the foundation for the Thyroid Cancer Program. Our world-renowned endocrine specialists are expert in the most current therapies, ensuring you the most advanced and progressive treatments available.

The Scott & White Endocrine Cancer Team will compassionately guide you through all stages of thyroid cancer treatment.

As a Scott & White patient, if your diagnostic tests reveal the presence of thyroid cancer, you'll have a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.

We have a comprehensive, interdisciplinary cancer treatment program at Scott & White. You'll have senior staff physicians involved in all aspects of your diagnosis, evaluation, surgical treatment and post-operative care and follow-up. That's part of the excellence of Scott & White.

Terry C. Lairmore, MD, Endocrine Surgeon and Chief of Surgical Oncology

The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

Integrated Care Team members recieve training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most current treatments available. We lead the way in advancing new therapies.

Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

We assess all patients with a surgical opinion, a medical oncology opinion and a radiation oncology opinion. We'll present you with the best treatment options for your stage of cancer so you can decide what's right for you.

Subhakar Mutyala, MD, Radiation Oncologist

Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

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Your Treatment Options

Certain tumors respond better to certain treatments. Thyroid cancer is commonly treated with surgery. However, a combination of treatment methods may be needed. Treatment options include:

Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options

These important factors help determine which treatment option is best for you:

  • Your age
  • Your medical history
  • The type of thyroid cancer you have
  • The size of your thyroid nodule
  • Whether your cancer has spread

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