When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- A lump or swelling in your neck. This is the most common symptom of thyroid cancer.
- Pain in your neck and sometimes in your ears that doesn't go away and is not caused by a cold or allergies
- Hoarseness that is not related to a cold
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing or constant wheezing
- A cough that continues and is not related to a cold
- Bone pain
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms and help determine your risk for thyroid cancer include:
- Reference Endocrinologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Family medicine physicians Opens New Window.
- Reference General practitioners Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Nurse practitioners Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistants Opens New Window.
Thyroid cancer is usually treated by endocrinologists, Reference nuclear medicine specialists Opens New Window, Reference surgeons Opens New Window, Reference medical oncologists Opens New Window, and Reference radiation oncologists Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology