Dr. Rao and his staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, of which Dr. Rao has been a member since 2002, has a wealth of infomation covering an array of educational topics. Browse through the diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.  You can access the patient health infomation here.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

Thyroid cancer is usually recognized by thyroid nodules or swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter). A benign thyroid nodule is called an adenoma. Diagnostic techniques used to identify thyroid cancer are ultrasound, fine needle biopsy, nuclear medicine or CT scan. Other symptoms include hoarseness, difficulty breathing or swallowing, neck pain, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss or coughing. In addition to surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, your doctor may recommend a radioactive iodine treatment. In more serious cases, radiation and/or chemotherapy may be required. Note that if any or all of the thyroid is surgically removed, you will have to take replacement thyroid hormones in pill form for the remainder of your life to keep your metabolism functioning at an optimal level for your good health.

If you have lasting symptoms that are suggestive of one of these cancers, please contact our office right away and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.