The Penn Thyroid Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical care of patients with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.
Patient Care at the Penn Thyroid Center
The Penn Thyroid Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical care of patients with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. This requires the dedication and coordination of Penn physicians in many different specialty disciplines caring for these patients, including endocrinology, radiology, pathology, surgery, nuclear medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology.
Comprehensive services of the Penn Thyroid Center include:
- Clinical evaluation of patients with thyroid nodules at the thyroid nodule clinic
- Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration for cytological diagnosis at the thyroid nodule clinic
- Thyroid surgery
- 131I treatment
- External beam radiation therapy
- Novel therapies for patients with aggressive thyroid cancer in conjunction with Penn's Abramson Cancer Center
This interdisciplinary structure of the Penn Thyroid Center is unique not only in the Philadelphia region, but also in the United States.
Research at the Penn Thyroid Center
The Penn Thyroid Center coordinates translational and patient-oriented research, providing innovative partnership with basic science discovery.
Exciting discoveries in the molecular pathology of thyroid cancer are leading to the potential for personalized and targeted cancer therapies and coordinated evaluation that the Penn Thyroid Center will provide as new research is translated to progressive patient care.
Research at Penn takes place at Penn's NIH-funded Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center, one of only 11 such centers in the United States. Patients may participate in various clinical trials for thyroid disorders and related conditions conducted at Penn.