A thyroid cancer diagnosis can be scary. Relax, we will help you.You may have been told that you need a thyroid surgery or you may have been told that you actually have a thyroid cancer and this may really be a shock. The most important first steps are to 1) remain calm 2) become informed and 3) seek evaluation and care by doctors who are experts in thyroid care and thyroid surgery. Your thyroid team will include an endocrinologist, ultrasonographer and an expert thyroid surgeon. Thyroid Cancer or even if you have been told that you need a thyroid operation, can be very scary words if you have just heard them. But it really shouldn’t be that way. Become informed. This is the purpose of thyroidcancer.com. First, take a deep breath and relax. You need doctors who have expertise in thyroid treatment, not just the “guy down the street”. You need thyroid experts in the doctors doing your evaluation (thyroid ultrasound), surgery (thyroid only surgeon), and endocrinologist. Everyone thinks thyroid surgery is easy because lots of surgeons perform thyroid surgery. But everyone does not do it the same and well!. The statistics are daunting. Hundahl et. al. published in Cancer in 1998 that 11% of patients with a known thyroid cancer that is readily curable (Stage I and II), will still have disease (persistent disease) following their first operation. 50% of patients with thyroid cancer will not even know they have thyroid cancer until following their initial surgery. You only want to have one operation! Volumes of publications show that thyroid surgery complication rates among low volume surgeons are magnitudes higher that those that specialize in thyroid only surgery. Not only do you want your thyroid surgeon to be an expert, but you want your entire treatment team to be so as well. Be the best advocate for your own care. Find out if they have a team of experts to care for you. See what others have to say about your surgeon and team. Read their online reviews. If they don't have several hundred 5-star reviews, then go somewhere else.
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