Thyroid specialists in Denver
The thyroid specialists at HealthONE care for you through a wide variety of thyroid disorders — from Graves' disease to thyroid cancers.
We understand you may have questions about your thyroid condition and what it means for your health. That’s why our teams use leading-edge medical imaging procedures to ensure you receive an accurate, quick diagnosis. Our specialists use advanced techniques to provide thyroid and parathyroid surgeries that get you the best results.
For more information about HealthONE's thyroid services, please call (303) 575-0055.
Multidisciplinary team of experts
Our team works together to build a personalized treatment plan and help you feel supported through every step of your cancer journey. Our team meets weekly to discuss any updates to your care plan and how we can serve you better.
Your thyroid cancer team of experts includes:
- Genetic counselors
- Head and neck surgical oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Nurse navigators
- Radiation Oncologists
Thyroid and parathyroid conditions we treat
Our doctors treat a wide range of thyroid and parathyroid conditions, including:
- Graves’ disease
- Thyroid nodules
- Thyroid-related metabolic and weight conditions
We understand a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, which is why our oncologists are here to offer you comprehensive, compassionate cancer care.. Our program also employs nurse navigators who help guide you and your loved ones through the cancer journey.
HealthONE is affiliated with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, HCA Healthcare's global cancer network. This partnership allows us to provide high-quality treatments and services to all patients.
The oncologists at Sarah Cannon are committed to using the latest clinical research and innovative techniques to help treat thyroid cancer. Because of this, our survival rate five years after treatment exceeds the Colorado state average.
Our oncologists treat the following types of thyroid cancer:
- Anaplastic thyroid cancer
- Differentiated thyroid cancer, including:
- Hurtle cell
- Medullary thyroid cancer
Services, Diagnostic Procedures and Treatments we offer
Our specialists offer a variety of treatment options for thyroid conditions, including:
Fine needle aspiration biopsy
If you experience a thyroid lump, nodule or mass, you may be recommended for a fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. An FNA is a quick, safe and reliable method of evaluating thyroid nodules.
The procedure usually causes little pain and is performed with very thin needles that are inserted into the nodule. Cells from the nodule are extracted through the needles and are examined under a microscope to determine the nature of your nodule.
Thyroid and parathyroid imaging
We offer the following diagnostic imaging services to help diagnose thyroid and parathyroid conditions:
- 4D parathyroid computed tomography (CT) scan
- Lymph node mapping
- Parathyroid ultrasound
- Parathyroid dual isotope nuclear scan
- Parathyroid single isotope nuclear scan
- Radioactive iodine whole body nuclear scan
- Thyroid nuclear scan and iodine uptake (six and 24 hours)
- Thyroid ultrasound
Thyroid nodule clinic
If your medical imaging has discovered the presence of thyroid abnormalities, the thyroid nodule clinic at Swedish Medical Center helps connect you with the resources you need.
This virtual program connects you with a nurse navigator who is a central point of contact for you and who is dedicated to collaborating with your healthcare team on your behalf.
Once your nurse navigator has received your imaging, we will provide recommendations for follow up care. This includes a specialist referral, if necessary, as well as coordination of services throughout your care journey. Contact us at 303-788-6717 to learn more.
A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional with special training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Our genetic counselors evaluate the likelihood of a hereditary cancer condition based on your personal and/or family history of cancer.
Prior to an initial genetic counseling appointment, one of our genetic counselors will complete a risk assessment. They will then review it with you at your appointment where you will discuss possible genetic testing options. If you have concerns about a hereditary thyroid cancer condition, please speak with your physician for a referral to one of our genetic counselors.
Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
If advanced treatment is needed, our surgeons offer special surgical procedures to treat thyroid conditions. However, sometimes the treatment may involve the surgical removal of the thyroid. The most common reasons a person may require part or all of their thyroid removed are:
- An overly large thyroid
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodule
The three main types of thyroid surgery we perform include:
- Lobectomy—Removal of one half of the thyroid
- Subtotal thyroidectomy—Removal of almost all of the thyroid, where only a small amount of the thyroid is left behind
- Total thyroidectomy—Removal of the whole thyroid
Minimally invasive thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy
Most thyroid surgeries are accomplished through a small incision in the lower neck. However, as part of our continued commitment to innovation and less invasive procedures, we offer transoral endoscopic thyroid surgery via the vestibular approach (TOETVA).
During a TOETVA procedure, incisions to remove all or part of the thyroid are made through the inner part of the lower lip. All scars from a TOETVA procedure are hidden and much smaller than with traditional thyroid surgery.
You can use the following resources to find out more about thyroid conditions and treatments.
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
- American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
- American Thyroid Association
- NIH National Cancer Institute
- ThyCa’s Downloadable Low Iodine Cookbook (external PDF)
- Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association