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Thyroid cancer - papillary carcinoma

  • Alternative Names

    Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid


    Thyroid cancer usually begins as a small lump (nodule) in the thyroid gland, which is located at the center part of the front of the neck.

    While some small lumps may be cancer, most thyroid nodules are harmless and are not cancerous.

    Most of the time, there are no other symptoms.

    Signs and tests

    If you have a lump on your thyroid, your doctor will order blood tests and possibly an ultrasound of the thyroid gland.

    If the ultrasound shows that the lump is bigger than 1.0 centimeter, a special biopsy called a fine needle aspiration (FNA) will be performed. This test helps determines if the lump is cancerous.

    Thyroid function tests are usually normal in patients with thyroid cancer.