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The Thyroid Tumor Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary program dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults with thyroid tumors.

Although thyroid tumors are rare in children, they are being diagnosed with increasing frequency. About 2% of children develop solitary thyroid nodules – lumps which can grow on an otherwise normal thyroid gland. Most of these are benign, but a few are malignant and can develop into thyroid cancer.

Medical experts have not yet standardized the management of thyroid tumors in children. To improve the care and treatment of children with thyroid tumors, Texas Children’s Hospital has established the Thyroid Tumor Program.

The goals of the Thyroid Tumor Program are to:

  • Provide best-in-class care for children and young adults with thyroid tumors (either thyroid nodules or thyroid cancer), in an optimal and consistent way based on the most current and reliable evidence.
     
  • Track patient outcomes related to thyroid tumors to refine and improve management of patients with these diseases.
     
  • Engage patients and families throughout the care management and longitudinal follow-up process to learn about their ongoing experience with these conditions.

Receiving care at a dedicated pediatric hospital allows our patients to have access to a comprehensive spectrum of pediatric specialists whenever needed.

A cornerstone of the program’s approach is to use evidence-based clinical guidelines to facilitate the management. The team presents cases in regular multidisciplinary meetings to determine the best course of action for each patient, and then tracks the patient’s outcomes over time.

Our Team

The Thyroid Tumor Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is staffed by a multidisciplinary core team of pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric radiologists, interventional pediatric radiologists, pediatric pathologist, cytopathologists, pediatric oncologists, nurses and patient care coordinators.