Atlantic Pathology

What are the types of thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer is an illness by which harmful cells are formed (and become cancerous) in the thyroid gland tissue. The thyroid is a gland in the base of the throat near the windpipe. It has the shape of a butterfly; it has a right lobe and a left lobe. The isthmus, a thin piece of tissue, connects the two lobes. A healthy thyroid is a little larger than a quarter dollar. Generally, it is not palpable through the skin. The thyroid uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to help to synthetize several hormones. Thyroid hormones have the following functions:
They control the heart frequency, body temperature, and the speed at which food is transformed into energy (metabolism).
They control the quantity of calcium in the blood.

There are four main types of thyroid cancer:
  • Papillary Carcinoma: the most common type of thyroid cancer (95% of all cancer of thyroid) . Easily curable by surgery with excellent prognosis.
  • Follicular Carcinoma: Second most common and more aggressive than Papillary Carcinoma.
  • Medullary Carcinoma: More aggressive than Follicular carcinoma. Derived from C cells of the thyroid.
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer: Very rare and extremely aggressive. Prognosis is the worst.

Welcome to Atlantic Pathology

Atlantic Pathology, Inc. was founded as an alternative in Puerto Rico to offer pathology services that are more accessible to patients, medical specialists, and health professionals. At Atlantic Pathology, Inc. we faithfully believe in breaking away from the traditional path of the "pathologist behind the microscope", therefore we provide visible and accessible services. We believe in actively integrating our pathologist, Dr. Rodríguez, in the team as he diagnoses and manages the patient’s case.

Our Mission...

To be the leader in Puerto Rico in providing maximum quality services in the area of anatomical and clinical pathology by using technological efficiency and showing a true commitment to our patients.

Our Vision...

To be the pathology laboratory with the greatest patient commitment and dedication, maintaining a high level of humanism and quality values as well as professionalism in our performance when offering health services.

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Mailing Address:

PMB 59

400 Calle Calaf

San Juan PR 00918

Medical Services

Atlantic Pathology’s main office is conveniently located at Manatí. We also offer Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) clinics at the Torre Médica in Plaza Las Americas and Hospital Susoni in Arecibo. For appointments, contact us at 787-854-7270 or 787-221-0171. Our operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. We accept most health insurance plans.

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Physical Address:

Calle Mckinkley I-26

Urb. Flamboyan

Manatí, P.R. 00674