TGH Thyroid Cancer & Parathyroid Institute
The TGH Thyroid Cancer & Parathyroid Institute, led by Gary Clayman, M.D., and James Norman, M.D., specializes in the treatment of thyroid cancer and parathyroid disorders that can affect a person’s metabolism as well as the body’s ability to maintain a healthy balance of calcium and phosphorous. Chosen as one of America's Best Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18, TGH provides a broad spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services for these glandular disorders.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits just below the Adam’s apple and wraps around the front of the windpipe in the neck. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland control the rate of several important processes in the body related to metabolism, including the ability to burn calories and the rate of the heartbeat. There are several types of thyroid disorders and cancer which can affect this gland, and all can be treated at the TGH Thyroid Cancer & Parathyroid Institute. Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common form and has the best treatment outcomes, while follicular thyroid cancer is also fairly common and also has great outcomes following treatment.
The parathyroid glands are a group of four smaller glands located on the thyroid that manufacture parathyroid hormone (PTH), which regulates the balance of calcium and phosphorous in the blood stream. If a tumor develops in a parathyroid gland, hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid disease) can develop and lead to high calcium in the blood and tumor symptoms such as kidney stones, osteoporosis, excessive urination, depression, and lack of energy. The treatment for hyperparathyroidism is surgery to remove the tumor, so the gland can return to normal function.
The TGH Thyroid Cancer & Parathyroid Institute features some of the world’s leading surgeons who perform thousands of innovative procedures to treat thyroid cancer and parathyroid disorders each year. These procedures, most of which take less than an hour to complete, include minimally invasive thyroid surgery and thyroidectomies to treat thyroid tumors and minimally invasive radioguided parathyroid (MIRP) surgery to treat parathyroid tumors and hyperparathyroidism. Patients from throughout the United States and the world come to the TGH Thyroid Cancer & Parathyroid Institute to receive the care they deserve from experienced physicians who can properly diagnose and treat these conditions.