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What to ask your doctor about surgery for thyroid cancer

Men and woman discussing thyroid cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why do I need an operation?
  • Which type of operation should I have and why?
  • How many thyroid operations do you do each year?
  • How many cancers do you remove completely?
  • Will the operation cure my cancer?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
  • What are the long term effects of this operation
  • Will I have pain after this operation?
  • How long will I have a drip after surgery?
  • When will I be able to start eating again?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally after this operation?
  • Will I get help with my diet after the operation?
  • What are the possible complications of this type of operation?
  • Will I need any other treatment as well as surgery?
  • Is there any treatment I can have instead of surgery?
  • What will happen if I don’t have the operation?
  • How long will it take me to get better?
  • How can I help myself get over the operation?
  • Will the operation affect my voice?
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Updated: 13 November 2014