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Important Alerts
Office and Urgent Care Closures

Cardiology-Jersey City is temporarily closed, while Cardiology-Newark is closed permanently.

The Croton-on-Hudson lab and the Patterson lab are temporarily closed until further notice.

Updates

Memorial Day holiday hours – only select Optum Urgent Care locations and specialty locations will be open.

To make an appointment with former CareMount Women’s Health, please call the office directly. Online scheduling has been temporarily suspended.

Optum Medical Care, P.C. (formerly CareMount) has upgraded our billing system to ensure that you have a simple, clear and convenient payment experience. Download our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.

Effective Tuesday, February 20, 2024, changes have been made to the New York flu clinic hours and locations. Please check the webpage for the most up-to-date information.  

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COVID-19 Information and Updates

The new COVID-19 vaccine is available at our clinics.

Please note available supply below:

– Supply is limited as we receive weekly deliveries.
– Moderna is available for children and adults (ages 6 months and up)

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Understanding your risk

Like other cancers, your risk depends on many variables including:

  • Family history
  • Lifestyle behaviors (e.g. smoking)
  • General health

At Optum, our oncology department offers comprehensive cancer risk assessments and hereditary cancer genetics evaluation programs to help you identify your risk. Start our online hereditary assessment now ›

Diagnosing thyroid cancer

In most cases, someone with thyroid cancer does not experience any symptoms. It is usually found during a routine neck examination or incidentally during an imaging study of the neck. When the cancer begins to develop, a person may notice a lump in the front of their neck.

If you suspect you may have thyroid cancer, contact your doctor about performing a diagnostic evaluation where they will:

  • Discuss your medical history, family history and any symptoms
  • Check for abnormal lumps or growths, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck

If your provider decides further examination is appropriate, they may perform the following diagnostic tests:

  • Blood tests: These test will check the functioning of your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and possibly thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4).
  • Ultrasound: An ultrasound uses sound waves to provide a detailed image of the thyroid where your physician can observe its size, as well as the size and characteristics of thyroid nodules that have developed in the gland.
  • Biopsy: The only way to definitively detect thyroid is through a biopsy. During this procedure, the doctor will extract a sample of the suspicious tissue. This is usually done as a fine-needle aspiration, where a needle is inserted into the nodule and cells are withdrawn into a syringe. A pathologist in a lab will examine this tissue to determine if the growth is cancerous.

Types of thyroid cancer

  • Papillary thyroid cancer: This type of cancer grows in finger-like shapes on the thyroid and tends to spread to lymph nodes. However, the outlook for people who develop this type of cancer is generally good because it grows slowly.
  • Follicular thyroid cancer: Follicular cancer affects the follicular cells in the thyroid and is more likely to spread to distant organs than papillary cancer.
  • Medullary thyroid cancer: Medullary cancer develops in C cells in the thyroid, which make a hormone that controls the level of calcium in the blood.
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer: Anaplastic cancer is by far the most aggressive form of thyroid cancer and is often more difficult to treat.

Treatments

  • Thyroidectomy is a surgery to remove half of the thyroid or the whole thyroid and possibly lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Thyroid hormone replacement therapy helps maintain normal metabolism rates and stop any remaining cancer cells from growing.
  • Radioactive iodine ablation helps to eliminate any remaining thyroid cells.
  • Chemotherapy administers chemicals in pill or IV form to kill and slow the growth of cancer cells.

Learn more about our minimally-invasive robotic assisted surgery options ›

Medical care and help

To find a thyroid cancer specialist near you, visit our Providers page.

Contact us if you have any questions.