thyroid cancer treatment - salem oregonThree of our surgeons specialize in surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Their five years of postgraduate training concentrated specifically on disorders of the head and neck, including these glands.

Specialized anatomic training, as well as the frequent surgical treatment of many diseases involving the neck, makes these Otolaryngologists especially qualified to perform minimally invasive, outpatient surgeries on the parathyroid and thyroid glands.

Both benign and malignant conditions can be diagnosed and treated, whether limited to these glands or involving adjacent lymph nodes or other structures in the neck.

During your consultation, your surgeon will carefully examine your neck and thyroid gland. The surgeon will view your larynx and vocal cords, looking for any evidence of early weakness that sometimes results from thyroid disease. We offer on-site thyroid ultrasound to allow detailed imaging of your thyroid gland and/or parathyroid glands.

If a suspicious lump is seen, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy can help determine whether a lump can be safely observed or should be removed.

Ultrasound is the preferred method to image the thyroid because it does not use radiation, it is much cheaper than a CT or MRI scan, a “real time” discussion with the patient can be performed on whether to perform an ultrasound guided needle biopsy that very day. The pathology report on this biopsy will take a few business days.

We will cooperate closely with your primary care physician or endocrinologist to achieve the best possible outcome for you.