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Thyroid Cancer Questions

For people who have recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, questions of all sorts may come to mind; however, given the shock and stress that often accompany a cancer diagnosis it can be difficult to remember all of one's questions for the doctor. The following article provides lists of thyroid cancer questions people with the disease may wish to ask their doctor concerning treatment and other issues.

Thyroid Cancer Questions: An Introduction

Many people with thyroid cancer want to take an active role in making decisions about their medical care. However, the shock and stress that often accompany a thyroid cancer diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Some patients find that it is helpful to make a list of questions before an appointment with the doctor.

Thyroid Cancer Questions to Ask Before a Biopsy

Questions to ask before having a biopsy for thyroid cancer include the following:
  • What type of biopsy will I have? Why?
  • How long will it take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?
  • Will I have a scar on my neck after the biopsy?
  • How soon will I know the results?
  • Are there any risks? What is the chance of infection or bleeding afterward?
  • If I do have thyroid cancer, who will talk with me about treatment? When?

Thyroid Cancer Questions to Ask Before Treatment

Questions people may wish to ask before thyroid cancer treatment may include the following:
  • What kind of thyroid cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread? What is the thyroid cancer stage?
  • Do I need more tests to check for spread of the disease?
  • What is the grade of the tumor?
  • What are my thyroid cancer treatment choices?
  • Which treatment do you recommend for me? Why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • How often should I have checkups?
  • Would a thyroid cancer clinical trial (research study) be appropriate for me?
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