Hormone therapy for thyroid cancer
Patients with thyroid cancer who have had most or all of their thyroid gland removed by surgery need to take daily hormone supplements in order to maintain their bodies’ normal metabolism.
In addition, maintaining normal or above-normal levels of thyroid hormone in the blood can help to reduce the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) made by the pituitary gland. TSH is a regulatory hormone that stimulates the growth of the thyroid gland, and may also stimulate thyroid cancer cells. Normally, the pituitary gland makes more TSH when levels of thyroid hormone are low, so increasing these levels can send a signal to reduce production of thyroid stimulating hormone, and potentially help to keep some thyroid cancers from recurring.
If you need to take thyroid hormone therapy, your care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) will work with you to find the right dosage, and will help you manage potential side effects.