Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist
Maryam Zamanian, MD
Endocrinologist located in Plano, TX
As a top-rated endocrinologist in Plano, TX and Dallas, TX, Dr. Zamanian is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. Patients benefit from state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and advanced approaches to care customized for each person's unique needs.
Why does thyroid cancer occur?
Thyroid cancer develops when the cells in the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck, begin to grow and proliferate erratically. Although the underlying cause is not known, research has shown this type of cancer is more prevalent among women and those who have been exposed to a substantial amount of radiation, as well as those with certain types of inherited disorders.
What kinds of symptoms does thyroid cancer cause?
The hormones produced by the thyroid gland play a major role in metabolism, or the process the body uses to convert food into energy the body can use, and they also help regulate heartbeat and body temperature. In the early stages of cancer, very few symptoms may be present. As the disease progresses, a palpable lump may form beneath the skin at the base of the neck, and the voice may begin to sound raspy, “whispery” or hoarse. There may be areas of aching, swelling or tenderness in the neck and problems with swallowing can also develop.
What methods are used to diagnose thyroid cancer?
Diagnosis starts with a physical examination of the neck to check for areas of swelling and tenderness. Diagnostic imaging may be ordered as well as blood work to check for markers associated with cancer. A small tissue sample may be removed from the gland during a procedure called a thyroid biopsy which uses a long, hollow needle to extract the tissue so it can be evaluated under a microscope.
What treatments are available for thyroid cancer?
Thyroid cancer is highly treatable in most cases. Treatment options can include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and use of biologics, as well as surgery to remove the gland. The specific approach to treatment will depend on the extent of cancer, the overall health of the patient and other factors.
We accept most insurance plans and Medicare.
Words from our patients
Very blessed to have Dr. Zamanian as my endocrinologist. She listens, she cares, she understands and she's extremely knowledgeable.
Dr. Zamanian took the needed time with me to discuss my ongoing care and game plan to address my diabetes.
I am grateful for this and appreciate her and her staff. She is very concerned for all of her patients and gives her all.
Dr. Zamanian was both professional and compassionate. She answered all my questions and clearly stated her plan for my medical treatment.
"Very blessed to have Dr. Zamanian as my endocrinologist. She listens, she cares, she understands and she's extremely knowledgeable."
"I was delighted with my referral to Dr. Zamanian, who addressed my concerns in a thorough manner and clarified what I will need to do."
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"Dr. Zamanian is very knowledgeable and very systematic and logical in her approach. She is also friendly and communicates issues and answers questions well."
"Dr. Zamanian was both professional and compassionate. She answered all my questions and clearly stated her plan for my medical treatment."