A team of specialists will meet to discuss and decide which treatment will be best for you.
This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a surgeon who specialises in thyroid cancers
- an oncologist (cancer doctor who specialises in radioactive iodine treatment, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy)
- an endocrinologist (a doctor who specialises in glands and hormones)
- nurse specialist (sometimes referred to as your key worker)
- a radiologist (a doctor who advises on x-rays and scans)
- a nuclear medicine specialist (who analyses tests and scans using radioactive substances, such as a thyroid scan)
- a pathologist (who advises on the type and extent of the cancer).
There may also be a number of other healthcare professionals, such as a:
- speech and language therapist
- psychologist or counsellor.
After the team have met, your specialist will discuss your treatment options with you. You can ask questions about anything you don’t understand or are worried about. You should also be given a telephone number for your specialist nurse or key worker, who you can contact if you have questions when you get home.
You can also talk to our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00. Our service has a thyroid cancer information nurse who you can arrange to speak with.