Thyroid cancer is a rare cancer type. Approximately 700 people in the Netherlands are diagnosed with a type of thyroid cancer every year. There are four main types of thyroid cancer: papillary thyroid cancer, follicular thyroid cancer, anaplastic thyroid cancer, and medullary thyroid cancer. Papillary and follicular thyroid cancer (80-90% of all cases of thyroid cancer) are treated with high success rates.
Find out more about our expertise, and the causes and symptoms, and the most commonly used diagnostic tests and treatment types for thyroid cancer on this page.
Why the NKI?
- The dedicated multidisciplinary team at the NKI has experience and expertise in thyroid cancer treatment.
- We fully integrate research and care which allows us to treat all our patients in accordance with the latest developments and treatment options, including the possibility of participating in a trial.
- All possible treatment options are available at the NKI.
- Close collaboration with UMC Utrecht (shared meetings and collaboration with the endocrinologists)
- Strong focus on shared decision making and care-support from our Survivorship Center, which offers psychological and nutritional guidance.
Causes and symptoms
The cause of thyroid cancer is currently unknown. We are aware of several risk factors, however: radiation treatment in the neck can increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer, especially in younger people. Common symptoms of thyroid cancer are swelling in the neck that moves when swallowing. You may experience hoarseness if the tumor affects your vocal cords.
Your treatment team will consist of surgeons, internists (medical oncologists), nuclear health specialists, and radiologists. Our specialists excel at thyroid cancer and come together every week for a multidisciplinary team meeting during which they will discuss your personal situation, test results, and medical history in order to find the treatment option that best fits you. Your practicing physician will discuss your options with you. At the Netherlands Cancer Institute, we value your thoughts and input on your treatment.