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Which hospitals have the most visits for thyroid cancer?

Do you know what your thyroid feels like? Probably not—in most healthy people, the thyroid gland can’t be seen or felt.

Sitting just below the thyroid cartilage (or Adam’s apple) and wrapping around the trachea, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature. Thyroid cancer can cause the gland to swell or form nodules, making it considerably more noticeable.

Using data from our Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset, we’ve compiled a list of U.S. hospitals ranked by number of visits related to thyroid cancer. Keep reading to see which hospitals topped the list.

Top U.S. hospitals by visits for thyroid cancer

RankDefinitive IDHospitalCityState% of U.S. hospital visits for thyroid cancerRanking for all U.S. cancer visitsExplore dataset
13120Cleveland Clinic Main CampusClevelandOH3.3%1Explore
2818Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus (AKA H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute)TampaFL3.1%2Explore
3588Stanford HospitalStanfordCA3.1%4Explore
42846Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkNY2.9%5Explore
52096University HospitalAnn ArborMI2.7%3Explore
6370Helford Clinical Research Hospital (AKA City of Hope National Medical Center)DuarteCA2.4%6Explore
72837Mount Sinai Medical Center (AKA the Mount Sinai Hospital)New YorkNY1.8%7Explore
83923William P Clements Jr University Hospital (FKA UT Southwestern University Hospital - St Paul)DallasTX1.4%8Explore
93571Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA1.0%13Explore
10776Cleveland Clinic Florida (AKA Weston Hospital)WestonFL1.0%14Explore
115692Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FKA Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)SeattleWA0.9%9Explore
121365IU Health Methodist HospitalIndianapolisIN0.8%10Explore
132843Tisch HospitalNew YorkNY0.7%34Explore
143158University of Cincinnati Medical Center (FKA University Hospital)CincinnatiOH0.6%24Explore
15846Baptist HospitalMiamiFL0.6%11Explore
161956Lahey Hospital & Medical Center - Burlington (FKA Lahey Clinic Hospital)BurlingtonMA0.6%15Explore
174039Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health (AKA DHR Health)EdinburgTX0.5%46Explore
18395Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesCA0.5%35Explore
19269University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center (AKA UAMS)Little RockAR0.5%18Explore
203235Akron GeneralAkronOH0.5%30Explore
212381Saint Lukes Hospital of Kansas CityKansas CityMO0.4%54Explore
224127CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - TylerTylerTX0.4%76Explore
233144OhioHealth Riverside Methodist HospitalColumbusOH0.4%25Explore
24515University of California Davis Medical Center (AKA UC Davis Medical Center)SacramentoCA0.4%29Explore
25851Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterMiamiFL0.4%43Explore

Fig. 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset for 2022. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States and updated monthly. Data is accurate as of March 2023.

Which hospital serves the most thyroid cancer patients?

According to our data, the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland, Ohio, had the most thyroid cancer-related visits in 2022, with 3.33% of all thyroid cancer visits that year.

Second on our list is the Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus in Tampa, Florida, with 3.10% of visits. Stanford Hospital in Stanford, California, takes the third position with 3.05% of visits.

Notably, there’s not a one-to-one correlation between visits for thyroid cancer and visits for cancer in general, especially further down the list. For instance, University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranks fifth on our list, but ranks third for overall oncology visit volumes.

What are the types of thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer manifests in four main variants that differ in aggressiveness and behavior:

  • Papillary cancers represent about eight of 10 thyroid cancers. They usually grow slowly and only develop in one lobe of the thyroid gland, making them less fatal and easier to treat than other variants.
  • Follicular cancers make up about 10% of thyroid cancers, and are more common in people with iodine deficiencies. These cancers rarely spread to the lymph nodes, but can spread to the lungs, bones, and other body parts.
  • Medullary thyroid cancer is responsible for around 4% of thyroid cancers and develops from the gland’s cells that make calcitonin, which regulates calcium in the blood. These cancers are usually harder to find and treat than other thyroid cancers.
  • Anaplastic (undifferentiated) thyroid cancer is rare, representing only 2% of all thyroid cancers. Anaplastic cancer spreads easily into the neck and other body parts, resulting in poor prognoses for patients.

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