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Thyroid nodules are growths or lumps in the thyroid gland. Your thyroid is in the front of your neck. It controls how your body uses energy.
You may have tests to see if the nodule is caused by cancer. Most nodules aren't cancer and don't cause problems. Many don't even need treatment.
If you do have cancer, it can usually be cured. Treatment will probably include surgery. You may also get radioactive iodine treatment. If your thyroid can't make thyroid hormone after treatment, you can take a pill every day to replace the hormone.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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