Donate to Thyroid Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland in the front of the neck that regulates metabolism. Thyroid cancer occurs when cells in the thyroid grow out of control and form lumps called nodules. Only five percent of these nodules are cancerous. Thyroid cancer can spread to other parts of the body, making it more difficult to treat. Physicians at Northwestern Medicine offer patients leading-edge diagnostic testing and effective treatments to address each stage of thyroid cancer. Your donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will ensure that patients with thyroid cancer receive an unprecedented level of care centered around on-going research, groundbreaking treatments and compassion.

The first sign of thyroid cancer is typically a visible or palpable nodule in the thyroid gland. Other symptoms of thyroid cancer include enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, change in voice, the inability to breathe or swallow and coughing up blood. Physicians at Northwestern Medicine are highly skilled in identifying symptoms of thyroid cancer and utilizing the most advanced diagnostic testing to make a diagnosis. Donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will provide the funding to continue the development of the most advanced tools to detect thyroid cancer in its early stages.

Physicians have been unable to pinpoint an exact cause for thyroid cancer, but there are certain risk factors associated with the disease including:

  • Gender: Women are more likely to have thyroid cancer than men.
  • Exposure to radiation: A previous history of radiation therapy greatens the risk of thyroid cancer.
  • Diet: A diet low in iodine contributes to the risk of thyroid cancer.  
  • Family history: Certain hereditary conditions are factors in the development of thyroid cancer.

There is still much to learn about the complexities of thyroid cancer. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will provide the necessary resources to conduct research in order to gain a better understanding of this disease with the goal of developing more effective treatments.

Treatment options depend on the type of thyroid cancer affecting the patient. The most common treatment is to remove part or all of the thyroid gland. Other treatments include:

  • Radioiodine therapy: Uses radioactive iodine to destroy cancer cells in the body
  • External radiation therapy: Kills cancer cells through rays of energy directed at the tumor
  • Hormone therapy: Blocks or removes hormones that help cancer grow
  • Chemotherapy: Eliminates cancer cells through strong medicine
  • Targeted therapy: Targets cancer cells’ genes or proteins that allow cancer growth.

Thyroid Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Battling cancer can be a difficult journey. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help ease the burden of those facing the pain and uncertainty of thyroid cancer. Your donation will restore lives by providing patients with excellent care that encompasses education, research and patient-focused treatment. Your kindness will greatly impact the lives of those living with thyroid cancer. Make your donation today.

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