Video: Thyroid Cancer Surgery

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Surgical oncologist Ashok Shaha of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center discusses surgery for patients with thyroid tumors. In some cases, tests clearly indicate when surgery is necessary, but in others it may not be clear whether a tumor is malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous). The decision to perform thyroid surgery for these patients depends on the patient’s age and sex, as well as the size or growth rate of the tumor. Side effects of thyroid surgery may include hoarseness or other vocal changes, says Dr. Shaha.