• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: Understanding thyroid cancer

May 10, 2019
a medical illustration of thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer  
Thyroid cancer occurs in the cells of the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. Thyroid cancer isn't common in the U.S., and there may be no signs or symptoms early in the disease. As thyroid cancer grows, it may cause pain and swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing, and changes to your voice, including increasing hoarseness. Learn about the types and risk factors for thyroid cancer.

Treating lung cancer  
When it comes to lung cancer, the treatment options typically are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, radiosurgery, targeted drug therapy, immunotherapy and palliative care. You and your health care provider will choose a cancer treatment plan based on several factors, including your overall health, the type and stage of your cancer, and your preferences. Learn more about each of these treatment options and which might be best for you.

Video: 'Mammogram for Breast Cancer — What to Expect'  
A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breasts used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early detection of breast cancer and help decrease breast cancer deaths. This video explains the process and what you can expect during a mammogram.

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