Thyroid Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Thyroid cancer treatment team members, their roles, and questions to ask

Written by Bridget Brady MD, FACS

Hearing your diagnosis is thyroid cancer is one of the most difficult situations you or a loved one may face. It is common to feel shocked, confused, scared, and you may want to cry or scream. The purpose of this article is to help you understand who may make up your treatment team and questions to ask to help you to make the best decisions about your medical care, or that of a loved one.

Thyroid Cancer Team Specialists
Whether your diagnosis is papillary, follicular, medullary or anaplastic thyroid cancer, your care and treatment involves a team of thyroid cancer specialists.

Some people like to know everything upfront about their diagnosis, treatment, and potential outcome, and others prefer small bits of information over time. Whichever is your preference, that's okay. Let your doctor know what you prefer, and don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions. It is expected that you will ask many questions during your diagnosis and treatment. You need information to make sound decisions about your health and medical care.
Questions to Ask Your Specialist

Questions About Your Thyroid Cancer

General Questions About Treatment

Questions about Thyroid Surgery

Other Important Questions

Get the Most From Each Appointment
Chances are you are not a thyroid doctor and do not understand every aspect of your diagnosis and treatment. Even if you were, being the patient is different! You are in uncharted territory, and no doubt feel stressed and anxious. It will be difficult to remember everything the specialist says. To help ease your way, take advantage of the following suggestions:

Bridget Brady, MD, FACS is the first fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Austin, Texas. She has a passion for and expertise in disease of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. Dr. Brady has performed thousands of thyroidectomies and parathryoidectomies with a focus on minimally invasive techniques to optimize patients’ medical and cosmetic outcomes.

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