Thyroid cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of thyroid cancer and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is thyroid cancer?

The thyroid gland produces hormones that are involved in controlling the body’s metabolism and hormone levels. It is located below the voice box, sitting around the windpipe in two lobes. Thyroid cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the thyroid gland.

What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer often presents with very few symptoms and can develop slowly. If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 

  • Often painless lump in throat or neck – this is the most common symptom
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck that do not go down
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A hoarse voice or cough that won’t go away
This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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