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Thyroid Cancer Overview

  • Thyroid Cancer Center leaders, from left: Jochen Lorch, MD, MS; Francis D. Moore Jr., MD; Erik K. Alexander, MD

    The Thyroid Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) is a nationally-recognized clinical care center and research hub. Our multidisciplinary team of thyroid cancer experts collaborates to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and highly coordinated care for patients with thyroid cancer. Specialists and researchers in the Thyroid Cancer Center are dedicated to advancing the understanding of thyroid cancer and nodular disease and translating the latest research findings into new, effective treatment approaches.

    Starting with your initial consultation, your care team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your type of cancer and your personal needs. We offer an extensive array of advanced treatment options, including image-guided surgical techniques, highly targeted radiation therapies, innovative medical therapies, clinical trials, and the full range of support services.

    We treat the complete spectrum of thyroid cancer subtypes, including rare and aggressive forms of thyroid cancer. Our team cares for patients with:

    Papillary thyroid cancer

    Follicular thyroid cancer

    Medullary thyroid cancer

    Anaplastic thyroid cancer

    Parathyroid cancer

    Innovative Tumor Testing and Targeted Approaches for Advanced Thyroid Cancers

    Our Thyroid Cancer 360 Program brings together world-class scientists and clinicians to bring personalized thyroid cancer treatment to the next level. Through innovative and unique lab techniques, many of which have been developed at Dana-Farber and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, we seek to gain as much information about your tumor as possible. Although primarily a research program, Thyroid Cancer 360 is designed to help identify the most appropriate targeted therapies for patients as their cancer evolves, and to develop new therapeutic approaches in the treatment of advanced and aggressive thyroid cancers.

    Exceptional Care for Patients with Thyroid Cancer

    • Expert multidisciplinary team focused exclusively on thyroid cancer treatment, research, and prevention.
    • Tailored care for each patient using the most advanced approaches available.
    • Molecular and genetic analysis of tumors for precise diagnosis and optimal treatment planning.
    • Image-guided surgical approaches for partial or complete removal of the thyroid while avoiding injury to key nerves and important structures.
    • Highly targeted radiation techniques designed to preserve normal surrounding tissue.
    • Innovative medical therapies that target specific tumor characteristics and drivers of tumor growth.
    • Appointment scheduling to coordinate visits with your oncologist, surgeon, endocrinologist, and other specialists on the same day, whenever possible.

    We Treat You, Not Just Your Cancer

    Our entire team is here to support you throughout treatment and during recovery. You and your family have access to our full range of support services, including social work, nutrition counseling, rehabilitation and physical therapy, support groups, and integrative therapies.