Thyroid Cancer

Our providers are aware of the newly issued warning from the FDA regarding Singulair (montelukast).  Most patients tolerate this medication well without any adverse symptoms.  However, a small number of patients develop mental health symptoms, including  mood swings, depression, agitation and sleep disturbances.  The symptoms typically resolve shortly after discontinuing the medication. If you think you or your child may be experiencing symptoms related to this medication, our doctors recommend you discontinue using it immediately.  If stopping the medication, a follow up office visit should be scheduled within 1-2 weeks to discuss alternatives. For detailed information, please follow this link to the FDA website:  https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-requires-boxed-warning-about-serious-mental-health-side-effects-asthma-and-allergy-drug

 

Our physicians believe education is a valuable component in the treatment of our patients, and we encourage you to visit the following links.

 

Thyroid cancer is usually recognized by thyroid nodules or swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter). A benign thyroid nodule is called an adenoma. Diagnostic techniques used to identify thyroid cancer are ultrasound, fine needle biopsy, nuclear medicine or CT scan. Other symptoms include hoarseness, difficulty breathing or swallowing, neck pain, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss or coughing. In addition to surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, your doctor may recommend a radioactive iodine treatment. In more serious cases, radiation and/or chemotherapy may be required. Note that if any or all of the thyroid is surgically removed, you will have to take replacement thyroid hormones in pill form for the remainder of your life to keep your metabolism functioning at an optimal level for your good health.

If you have lasting symptoms that are suggestive of one of these cancers, please contact our office right away and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.