Thyroid carcinoma is cancer of the thyroid gland, which sits at the base of throat. The thyroid gland makes hormones needed for a child’s growth. There are different types of this cancer, which is more common in girls.
- Lump in neck
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Tight or full feeling in neck
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
Treatments vary depending on the type of thyroid cancer, and include:
- Surgery to remove tumors, part or all of thyroid
- Radioactive iodine therapy, to destroy cancer cells that remain after surgery
- Thyroid hormone therapy, to replace normal hormones and slow the growth of any residual cancer cells
- Chemotherapy may be needed if the cancer spread to other parts of the body.