In March 2011, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was hit by a tsunami triggered by a tremendous earthquake off the coast of Japan. The damage caused by the tsunami created numerous equipment failures that resulted in a loss of coolant for the nuclear reactors that instigated a meltdown. This meltdown released a significant amount of radiation into the area, posing severe health risks for the inhabitants near the plant. There has been an alarming rate of thyroid cancer cases among Japanese youth that live in the vicinity of the plant. Many believe this increase in young thyroid cases can be attributed to radiation exposure that has continued to plague the area for over 2 years now. Although thyroid cancer can be dangerous, early detection and the use of advanced treatment procedures can significantly reduce or eliminate the health dangers posed by this type of cancer. At the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence, the expert team thyroid surgeons provide the very best in thyroid cancer treatment.
What is Thyroid Cancer?
Thyroid cancer is the growth of cancerous cells within the thyroid gland in the neck. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that produces the thyroid hormone for controlling many vital bodily functions. There are a variety of different symptoms that can be experienced in patients with thyroid cancer. Sometimes patients experience no symptoms and sometimes symptoms can be quite obvious. These symptoms include:
- Lump in the neck or swelling of the neck
- Pain in the lower region of the neck
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Hoarseness in voice
- Persistent cough unassociated with another condition
Since this cancer can have so many types of symptoms, and occasionally none at all, it is important to have regular check-ups. Symptomless thyroid cancer can be detected early during routine medical testing. If you have any of the symptoms of a thyroid issue, contact a thyroid expert right away.
How is Thyroid Cancer Treated?
In all diagnosed cases of thyroid cancer, surgery is required. Surgery for thyroid cancer is called a thyroidectomy and involves the full or partial removal of the thyroid gland. Thyroidectomy procedures are usually followed up by radioactive iodine treatment. The surgeons at Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence possess an unsurpassed knowledge of the neck anatomy, and have trained in the top programs in the country. Our surgeons are considered leading experts in minimally invasive thyroidectomy surgery. Using advanced techniques and the latest medical equipment, they make a tiny incision and remove the affected thyroid with less tissue trauma than a traditional thyroidectomy. It’s an approach that is just as effective as the traditional method, but results in reduced recovery times, and less post-op pain and scarring.
Although the situation in Japan is troubling and the nature of radiation may cause these problems to continue, treatment is possible. If these young patients receive adequate care and medical attention, the cancer can be treated and they can recover. As with any thyroid cancer case, early detection and proper treatment can be extremely effective in eliminating the risks.
Contact a Thyroid Expert Today
If you feel you may be suffering from symptoms of thyroid cancer, contact a thyroid expert at Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence today. Early detection is important and our surgeons provide the best available thyroid cancer treatment in Los Angeles. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at (888) 817-1439 or use our contact form.