Memorial Sloan-Kettering is a comprehensive center for the detection and treatment of thyroid cancer. Over the past decade, our team has treated more than 6,000 people with thyroid cancer, one of the most curable types of cancer.
Our thyroid cancer experts use the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive approaches when possible. We were among the first to routinely use synthetic thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in combination with radioactive iodine therapy, improving both the effectiveness of the therapy and the quality of patients' lives. Our radiologists are experts in Image Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which targets radiation treatments directly to tumors while sparing surrounding tissue. We use PET scans in patients with a high risk of tumor recurrence to determine whether the cancer is growing or has spread, and to select the most appropriate follow-up treatment. Memorial Sloan-Kettering researchers have also identified many of the genetic changes that can result in thyroid cancer, and are using this knowledge to develop a new generation of novel therapies.
Nurses play an important role in caring for patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and are often the members of the treatment team with whom you will have the most contact. Your nurses bring extraordinary knowledge, experience, and expertise to your care, because they specialize in helping people with your particular type of cancer. Your nurses will help you through your experience at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, whether you are being treated in the hospital or as an outpatient.
Nurses at Memorial Sloan-Kettering collaborate with doctors and other members of your patient care team to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. The nurses on your team provide a range of services — administering therapies, monitoring your treatment and watching out for side effects, educating you and your family about what to expect during treatment, and offering emotional support. Nurses also help coordinate your appointments, communicate important information to various members of your patient care team, and keep track of other details related to your treatment. Nurses at Memorial Sloan-Kettering maintain a patient-centered focus, placing your needs and preferences first.