What You Need To Know About™ Thyroid Cancer

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This booklet is about thyroid cancer. Learning about medical care for thyroid cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

This booklet covers:

  • The anatomy of the thyroid and basics about thyroid cancer
  • How thyroid cancer is diagnosed
  • Treatments for thyroid cancer, including taking part in research studies

This booklet has lists of questions that may help you talk with your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

The information in this booklet was last updated in January 2012.