One of the most survivable types of cancer, thyroid cancer forms in the thyroid gland, an organ at the base of the throat that affects heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. People ages 20 to 55 account for nearly two of three occurrences. Because thyroid cancer can return, lifelong monitoring is needed.
Team-based treatment at UCHealth
At University of Colorado Health facilities in Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals from many fields work together to develop the best plan of care for you, and they stay with you from your initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.
You receive doctor-managed care that emphasizes wellness and healing for you as a whole person—our complementary and integrative medicine specialists incorporate options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise consultation into your treatment. In addition, our dedicated clinical care coordinator helps you find specialty care. Your expert medical team members may include:
- Medical oncologists
- Oncology nurses
- Patient care coordinators
- Radiation oncologists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Social workers
- Thyroid surgeons
Multidisciplinary care for advanced or rare thyroid cancers
You benefit from the latest research, treatment, and support at the only multidisciplinary thyroid cancer clinic in the Rocky Mountain region. It’s all part of UCHealth’s Endocrine Neoplasms program offering nationally recognized experts skilled in sensitive ultrasound examination of the neck and biopsies of abnormal tissue.
As someone experiencing an advanced or rare thyroid cancer, you’re evaluated jointly by our medical oncologists, endocrinologists, thyroid cancer surgeons, and radiation oncologists who work together to create a specialized care plan that meets your specific needs.
Advanced research & treatment technology
Research conducted at UCHealth has played a role in the development of a more reliable test for thyroid cancer, known as the Afirma Gene Expression Classifier. Available from Veracyte since 2011, the test looks for hundreds of different indicators of cancer on the molecular level, rather than requiring surgery to determine if cancer is present.
When you choose UCHealth, you gain access to the most comprehensive and advanced radiation therapies in the Rocky Mountain region. Options may include IMRT—intensity modulated radiation therapy—an individualized, 3-D computer-based treatment that delivers high doses of radiation to precisely targeted tumors while sparing surrounding tissue. We also offer stereotactic radiation, which uses a highly focused beam directed toward a small, localized tumor, and, if needed, we conduct re-irradiation procedures.
Your medical team may also recommend participation in a clinical trial. University of Colorado Health conducts hundreds of these “trials” of new treatments or drugs. Participation in a clinical trial may provide those who qualify with access to drugs and vaccines years before they are widely available.