Specialized Care for Thyroid Disease in Western Massachusetts
Our multidisciplinary thyroid team is here to care for you at our one-stop thyroid clinic. No matter how complex the thyroid condition, we are prepared to care for you.
Baystate Health endocrinologists are specially trained to treat thyroid conditions, and are licensed to treat patients with radioactive iodine (I-131) for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer. Our thyroid cancer program includes experts in adult and pediatric endocrinology, endocrine surgery, oncology, and molecular pathology.
Thyroid cancer treatment and management
- Thyroid nodule imaging and fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy
- Thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound
- Testing for hypothyroidism and other thyroid conditions
What is Thyroid Disease?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Your thyroid creates and produces hormones that affect many different functions throughout your body. Thyroid disease happens when your thyroid makes too little (hypothyroidism) or too much (hyperthyroidism) of these hormones.
By releasing and controlling hormones, your thyroid controls metabolism – the process of transforming food into energy. When your body uses energy too quickly because your thyroid is making too much thyroid hormone, it causes you to feel tired, have a faster heartbeat, and lose weight. In the reverse situation where you have too little thyroid hormone in your body, it makes you feel tired, gain weight, or feel cold more often.
Thyroid Conditions Include:
Autoimmune thyroid disease
- Graves’ disease
- Inherited tumor syndromes
- Thyroid cancer
- Toxic multinodular goiter
- Toxic adenomas
What are the Symptoms of Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid disease can cause a variety of symptoms. It can be hard to know if you have a thyroid condition or another medical problem because the symptoms can be very similar to other conditions.
Common symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
Anxiety and irritability
- Enlarged thyroid gland or goiter
- Feeling sensitive to heat
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Trouble sleeping
- Vision problems
- Weak muscles
- Weight loss
Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Dry, coarse hair
- Feeling cold
- Hair loss
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Hoarse voice
- Weight gain
What to Expect at the Baystate Health Thyroid Clinic
Convenient, multidisciplinary care
If you have a thyroid nodule, we’ll first schedule a consultation appointment with you. You can expect to have an ultrasound or guided fine needle aspirations at the same visit.
Our patients with thyroid cancer also visit the thyroid clinic, where we provide thyroid ultrasounds.
We work in close collaboration with our endocrine surgeons to ensure seamless transition and flow of care.
While all physicians on the thyroid team are trained to care for cancer patients, we also have dedicated thyroid cancer specialists who perform all thyroid imaging and fine needle biopsies.