Thyroid cancer

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.

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Five-year thyroid cancer survival rates

Chart comparing all stages Thyroid Cancer UCHealth 96.5% survival rate to Colorado state average of 95.3%

Chart comparing stage 1 Thyroid Cancer UCHealth 99.3% survival rate to Colorado state average of 98.4%

Chart comparing stage 2 Thyroid Cancer UCHealth 98.4% survival rate to Colorado state average of 94.7%

 

Chart comparing stage 3 Thyroid Cancer UCHealth 94.5% survival rate to Colorado state average of 96.1%

Chart comparing stage 4 Thyroid Cancer UCHealth 76.7% survival rate to Colorado state average of 70.0%

 

Number of Patients Diagnosed – UCHealth 1,007 – State of Colorado – 3,639
Number of Patients Surviving – UCHealth 972 – State of Colorado – 3,468
*n<30, 5 Year Survival – (Date of diagnosis 1/1/2010–12/31/2014)
Data Source: Colorado State Cancer Registry

Team-based treatment at UCHealth

Man talking to providerAt UCHealth facilities across the Colorado Front Range, a 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.

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

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.