After thyroid cancer treatment
What follow-up do I need?
No matter what type of cancer treatment you get, you will still need to go back to hospital for regular check-ups once it is over. This is called follow-up.
Thyroid cancer surveillance
An important part of your follow-up is called thyroid cancer surveillance. This check-up takes place about 9 months to 1 year after your treatment. You may have some or all of these tests:
- Blood tests, including thyroglobulin.
- Ultrasound scan of your neck.
- Injection of the hormone Thyrogen®.
- A full body scan using radioiodine thyroglobulin.
These tests are to check that your thyroid and the hormones in your blood are normal and there is no sign of cancer. Your medical team will explain the tests to you and how they work. If you want more information ask your specialist nurse. You can also talk to one of our cancer nurses by visiting a Daffodil Centre or calling our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700.
If you are between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that is worrying you, contact your doctor or specialist nurse for advice and to make an appointment, if necessary.
If you become suddenly unwell and can’t contact your specialist nurse or hospital team, go to your GP or the accident and emergency department at the hospital.
What if the cancer comes back?
If the cancer comes back in the thyroid or somewhere else, you can still have treatment.
You might have more radioiodine therapy, surgery or hormone therapy.
Read more: Why does cancer come back after treatment?
Metastatic thyroid cancer
If the cancer has spread to other parts of your body (metastatic) after treatment, TSH suppression, surgery, external radiotherapy, chemotherapy or biological therapies might also be considered. These biological therapies or targeted therapies may be given as part of a clinical trial. The aim of treatment here is usually to control the cancer rather than cure it.
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