Your Medical Team for Thyroid Cancer Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center
The University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center use a team approach to your care.
Each physician on the Endocrine Neoplasms team has a different area of expertise in thyroid cancer. Together, they combine their skills to determine and provide the best treatment plan based on the type of cancer you have, how far it has spread, and even your individual genetics.
Medical knowledge, as you might know, doubles every four years. And since we’re the only hospital in the region to partner with the renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine, each attending physician here is on the faculty of the School of Medicine.
What it means for you
It means the doctors here are on the leading edge of medical knowledge, and in some cases, are actually creating that medical knowledge for other providers around Colorado, the U.S. and the world.
Below are the kinds of experts on our team who are at your service.
Endocrine Neoplasms Program Medical Team
Endocrinologist – A doctor who specializes in the body’s hormone activity. An endocrinologist will evaluate your symptoms and test results to determine if you have thyroid cancer. He or she also will manage your follow-up care.
Medical Oncologist – A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and biological therapy.
Nutritionist – A trained health professional who helps patients maintain optimal nutritional intake to preserve strength and promote healing during the treatment process. The location of thyroid tumors and the discomfort from surgery and radiation in those areas may cause patients to have difficulty eating and maintaining adequate nutrition.
Oncology Nurse – A nurse who specializes in treating and caring for people who have cancer.
Pathologist – A doctor who identifies disease by studying tissues under a microscope.
Patient Care Coordinator – A person who specializes in coordinating care and providing patient resources and education.
Radiation Oncologist – A doctor who treats patients with cancer using radiation therapy as the main treatment.
Radiologist – A doctor who uses medical imaging technologies like CT scans and MRIs to diagnose and sometimes treat disease.
Speech-Language Pathologist – A trained health professional who evaluates and treats thyroid cancer patients who have speech, voice and swallowing difficulties. Patients are seen before, during and after undergoing either surgery and/or chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Speech pathologists provide exercises and strategies for improving voice, speech and swallowing abilities.
Social Worker – A professional trained to provide counseling and emotional support to patients and assist with practical living issues, such as minimizing the effects of lost work time, coping with disabilities and paying medical expenses.
Thyroid Surgeon – A doctor who is specially trained in surgery for thyroid problems. Surgeons in our program are highly experienced and perform more than 200 surgeries every year.
Ultrasonographer – A trained health professional who specializes in ultrasound radiology and views the thyroid and neck region to look for thyroid nodules and lymph nodes.