You probably haven’t spent too much time thinking about your child’s thyroid: A small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, it’s easy to overlook. But the thyroid actually plays a critical role in your child’s development—it produces hormones that control growth and metabolism. Thyroid cancer—when the cells in the gland become abnormal and grow out of control—is unusual in children, but, unfortunately, it does occur.
- Thyroid cancer is often detected by the primary care physician during a routine exam.
The cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
Most children with thyroid cancer respond very well to treatment.
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches thyroid cancer
The Thyroid Program at Children’s, one of the only centers in the United States devoted exclusively to the care of children with thyroid diseases, is distinguished by our expertise in thyroid sonography, fine needle aspiration, and radioiodine therapy.
We are committed to offering the best multispecialty, long-term care to children with thyroid cancer. You may not have spent a lot of time thinking about the thyroid, but we have, and at Children’s your child will be in good hands.
Reviewed by Stephen A. Huang, MD,
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