American Hospital Dubai’s eminent Thyroid Cancer Center is a one-stop clinic offering medical services and professional treatments for patients with thyroid nodules, with a remarkable rate of success in thyroid cancer treatment that reaches back more than 20 years.
The Center’s excellent resources and a full range of services are dedicated to identifying cancerous thyroid nodules and administering appropriate treatment plans based on the nature and stage of the disease.
Backed by the Hospital’s dedicated and multidisciplinary medical board, the Thyroid Cancer Center is home to a group of expertly skilled thyroid and parathyroid disease specialists, surgeons, oncologists, and nurses. They carefully assess each patient and are devoted to monitoring and managing their progress on the road to improved health.
Most commonly detected in young adults, nodules found in the anterior part of the lower neck are often associated with the thyroid. Over 95% of those will be diagnosed as benign and removed only as a precaution. The more malignant tumors progress rather slowly, which greatly contributes to the higher treatability of thyroid cancer. However, early detection and diagnosis remain key elements for a successful treatment plan.
The standard regimen administered for cancerous nodules is thyroid surgery, performed by one of American Hospital Dubai’s highly qualified surgeons. This is followed by closely-monitored radioiodine treatment for successful thyroid cancer management and the most conducive path to full recovery.
A doctor will refer a patient with a lump in the neck to a head and neck specialist. Following the detection of a thyroid nodule, physicians will run a clinical assessment that includes a neck ultrasound and a thyroid hormone blood test. The next steps will depend entirely on the test results.
If the thyroid gland is found to be hyperactive and producing an overload of hormones, the patient is referred to an endocrinologist for a more detailed prognosis.
If the nodule is judged to possess suspicious and unusual characteristics, fine-needle aspiration is usually administered. This involves the insertion of a small needle into the nodule for a few seconds to extract cells for diagnosis.
If thyroid cancer is found, surgery by a highly-qualified physician is standard. American Hospital Dubai’s expertly skilled surgeons can ensure an excellent outcome.
Following surgery, the AHD Thyroid Center team determines whether or not postoperative radioiodine ablation is recommended. If it is, the patient will receive oral radioactive iodine tablets and will need to remain in the hospital for up to 3 days in order to minimize the risk of contamination.
While less common, advanced stages may require chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
Naturally, long-term follow-up minimizes the risk of complications and increases the chances of a full recovery.
American Hospital Dubai’s Thyroid Cancer Center is led by a multidisciplinary team of well-qualified and internationally certified physicians. These include ENT head and neck surgeons, endocrinologists, radiologists, pathologists, nuclear medicine specialists, medical oncologists, and radiotherapists.
Validated as experts in their respective fields, these team members hold fortnightly meetings to discuss and assess each case individually. Their close expert attention ensures a close patient monitoring process and highly accurate treatment administration.
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