Surgery explained

Surgery is one of the main treatments for thyroid cancer. The type of operation you have will depend on the size of your cancer and your general health.

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    Surgery for thyroid cancer

    Surgery for thyroid cancer removes part or all of the thyroid gland. You may have some lymph nodes removed from your neck.

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    What happens before the surgery?

    Your surgery will be carefully planned and you may need a few tests at a pre-assessment clinic.

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    Who might I meet?

    A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.

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    What happens after surgery?

    You’ll be closely monitored after your operation. You should be able to go home after a few days.

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    Side effects of surgery

    After thyroid surgery you may be tired. Surgery may also cause changes to your neck, voice and calcium and hormone levels in your blood.

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    Thyroid hormones

    If you have part, or all, of your thyroid gland removed you may need to take thyroid hormone replacement tablets.