Thyroid Lymphoma
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

Thyroid Lymphoma NYC

Thyroid Lymphoma Treatment

Edward Shin, MD offers treatment options for thyroid lymphoma in NYC. Thyroid lymphoma is an extremely rare form of thyroid cancer that affects your body’s white blood cells. Thyroid lymphoma is a very aggressive, fast-growing cancer. The most noticeable symptom is the formation of lumps around the throat or neck. These lumps tend to grow rapidly as the cancer progresses. If diagnosed early, thyroid lymphoma can be treated using chemotherapy or radiation. Our team at New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center can work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that can best address your thyroid cancer.

THYROID LYMPHOMA OVERVIEW
VERY RARE FORM OF THYROID CANCER
AFFECTS LYMPHOCYTES (WHITE BLOOD CELLS IN THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM)
ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE TYPES OF THYROID CANCER
CHARACTERIZED BY FIRM LUMPS AROUND THE THROAT OR NECK
CAN BE DETECTED DURING A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
MORE COMMON IN FEMALE PATIENTS OVER THE AGE OF 40
CHEMOTHERAPY & RADIATION ARE THE PRIMARY TREATMENT OPTIONS
THYROID SURGERY IS NOT USUALLY RECOMMENDED FOR THIS FORM OF CANCER
POST-TREATMENT CARE INCLUDES CONTINUED MONITORING & THYROID MEDICATION
Thyroid Lymphoma Treatment

WHAT IS THYROID LYMPHOMA?

Thyroid lymphoma is a very rare form of thyroid cancer. Thyroid lymphoma is much rarer than papillary cancer, follicular cancer, medullary cancer, and anaplastic cancer. However, thyroid lymphoma is also a very aggressive cancer that can spread rapidly if not caught early and treated appropriately. In some cases, thyroid lymphomas can grow to visible sizes within weeks. A timely diagnosis is critical in order to treat this disease.

What Causes Thyroid Lymphoma?

Thyroid lymphoma affects the thyroid’s lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that are part of your body’s lymphatic system. If these immune cells begin to multiply at an abnormal rate, this can lead to a cancerous growth or tumor.

The exact cause of thyroid lymphoma is not known. However, certain factors may increase your risk of developing thyroid lymphoma, including:

RISK FACTORS FOR THYROID LYMPHOMA
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Family history of thyroid cancer
History of thyroid disorders
Over 40 years of age
More common in female patients

What Are The Symptoms Of Thyroid Lymphoma?

As thyroid lymphomas grow, they form noticeable lumps around the throat and neck. These lumps are firm to the touch. Swollen lymph nodes may also be visible. Thyroid lymphomas tend to compress surrounding structures as they grow. They may put pressure on the windpipe or food pipe, which can lead to discomfort when swallowing or breathing. Patients may also experience changes in vocal tone or a hoarse voice.

THYROID LYMPHOMA SYMPTOMS
MAY BE ASYMPTOMATIC IN EARLY STAGES
FIRM LUMPS AROUND THE THROAT
SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES AROUND THE NECK
PAIN AROUND THE LOWER NECK
DISCOMFORT WHEN SWALLOWING
CHANGES IN VOCAL TONE
HOARSE VOICE
DIFFICULTY BREATHING
PERSISTENT COUGH

How Is Thyroid Lymphoma In NYC Diagnosed?

Thyroid lymphoma is characterized by firm lumps around the neck and throat. The patient may notice these lumps themselves. In other cases, thyroid lymphoma can be detected during a physical examination. Patients are then sent for further testing to diagnose the condition. A fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy is used to determine if the growth is cancerous. A PET scan or ultrasound may also be recommended to check if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Will A Biopsy Determine My Thyroid Lymphoma?

A fine needle biopsy can diagnose whether or not your growth is malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). During your biopsy, a tiny needle will be inserted into the growth to remove a small sample. This sample will then be sent to a laboratory to confirm if the growth is cancerous. FNA biopsies can also determine which type of cancer is present. Results are usually known within a few days.

What Are Some Common NYC Thyroid Lymphoma Treatments?

Unlike other forms of thyroid cancer, thyroid lymphoma is not typically treated with surgery. Instead, chemotherapy and external beam radiation therapy can be used to treat thyroid lymphoma. These 2 treatments may also be combined to halt the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

THYROID LYMPHOMA TREATMENTS
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy uses chemical agents to destroy cancer cells. Chemo medicines are given orally or through an injection. These medications target cancer cells that rapidly grow and multiply. Chemotherapy can shrink thyroid lymphomas while also slowing the growth of cancer to other organs or structures.
External Beam Radiation Therapy
External beam therapy uses controlled radiation to destroy cancer cells with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. Radiation is administered using a specialized machine called a linear accelerator. During the procedure, the patient lies flat while the linear accelerator moves around the affected area, delivering radiation bursts with precision.
Thyroid Medication
Following thyroid lymphoma treatment, thyroid medication may be prescribed to help maintain healthy hormone levels. Thyroid medicines can prevent hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid).

What Can I Expect Following Thyroid Lymphoma Treatment?

The specifics of your recovery will depend on the extent of your cancer, as well as the amount of radiation and chemotherapy received. Patients usually report feeling fatigue and discomfort following treatment for thyroid lymphoma in NYC. Pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve discomfort. It is important for you to rest and recover. Strenuous activities and vigorous exercise should be avoided until permitted by our thyroid specialist. Patients may be prescribed thyroid medication to prevent hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Ongoing monitoring is required to detect any recurrence of cancer. Dr. Shin can further discuss post-care instructions and guidelines with you during your consultation for thyroid lymphoma treatment.

How Do I Learn More About Thyroid Lymphoma In NYC?

Our thyroid cancer surgeon in NYC would be happy to discuss thyroid lymphoma in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985