Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Thyroid Tumors in Children

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We know how difficult a diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be, both for your child and for your whole family. That's why our physicians are focused on family-centered care: From your first visit, you'll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family's physical and psychosocial needs. We'll work with you to create a care plan that's best for your child. 

Your child's care will, of course, vary, depending on the type of thyroid cancer with which your child has been diagnosed. Some potential components of treatment include:

  • Surgery—Your child's physician will remove as much of the cancer as possible. If necessary, surgeons will remove the entire thyroid, in a procedure called “near-total thyroidectomy.”
  • Radioactive iodine therapy—Your child's doctors may recommend a course of radioactive medication to destroy cancer cells that may be left after surgery.
  • Hormone therapy—This is given to patients with thyroid cancer to replace normal hormones and to slow the growth of cancer cells.

Coping and support

We understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with thyroid cancer. How will it affect my child long term? What do we do next? We've tried to provide some answers to those questions in the following pages, but there are also a number of other resources to help you and your family.
 
Patient education: From the first visit through follow-up care, our nurses will be on hand to walk you through your child's treatment and help answer any questions you may have — How can I prevent complications or recognize them if they occur? How often will my child require follow-up? They will also reach out to you by phone, continuing the care and support you received while at Children's.
 
Parent to parent: Want to talk with someone whose child has been treated for thalassemia? We can put you in touch with other families who have been through the same experience that you and your child are facing, and share with you their experience at Children's.
 
Faith-based support: If you are in need of spiritual support, we will help connect you with the Children's chaplaincy. Our program includes nearly a dozen clergy representing Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and United Church of Christ traditions who will listen to you, pray with you and help you observe your own faith practices during your hospital experience.
 
Social work and mental health professionals: Our social workers and mental health clinicians have helped many other families in your situation. We can offer counseling and assistance with issues such as coping with your child's diagnosis, stresses relating to coping with illness and dealing with financial difficulties.

On our For Patients and Families site, you can read all you need to know about:

  • getting to Children's
  • accommodations
  • navigating the hospital experience
  • resources that are available for your family

Integrative therapies: Our patient-centered approach means that we want your child to not only get better, but also feel good along the way. Throughout the hospital, you¹ll find clinicians trained in therapies that can make your child feel more comfortable, learn to shift focus away from pain and enjoy some peaceful moments during what may be an anxious time. Read about how acupuncture, guided meditation, guided imagery, massage, Reiki and therapeutic touch could help your child.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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