Dr. Terris explains how thyroid cancer is diagnosed.
Well, usually it's detected either by feeling a nodule or oftentimes nowadays, an individual may get a scan of the neck for some other reason, maybe they had neck pain, they get an MRI scan, or somebody is worried about their carotid artery so they get an ultrasound of the neck and somebody detects a nodule in the thyroid gland.
But in some fashion or another, somebody recognizes that there is a mass in the thyroid gland, and then typically the next step is to put a needle into that mass, take out some cells, and that is where we demonstrate that it’s a cancer.
About Dr. David Terris, M.D.:
Dr. David J. Terris is a Professor, Department Chair and Porubsky Distinguished Chair in the Otolaryngology Department at the Medical College of Georgia. He graduated with his B.A. from Cornell University and his medical doctorate from Duke University Medical School.