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what type of thyroid cancer was found in the thyroid gland.
why can't you get back to the UK?
you should get a copy of your thyroid gland biopsy report
well, it sounds like they are scheduling you for surgery.
I would get a copy of your thyroid biopsy which shows your thyroid cancer
and get a copy of your thyroid ultrasound.
this is a common slow growing thyroid cancer.
I would see if you can get the thyroid biopsy pathology to be reviewed by other pathologist like royal
this is a good path center
which can review the pathology specimens from your thyroid gland and confirm more for sure you have this papillary thyroid cancer.
the thyroid surgery can wait until you have this pathology review
ask the doctors to send the biopsy samples to royal marsdens pathology department for review.
I would get the pathology slides and biopsy reviewed by the best pathologist in the UK which are at royal marsden cancer center
and if it is confirmed to be papillary thyroid cancer, then I would have the surgery,
you can have the surgery in the UK or turkey.
you are right, it is faster for you to have the thyroid surgery in turkey
but I would not rush into it.
papillary thyroid cancer is a slow growing cancer
I would get your pathology confirmed by Royal marsden before the surgery
I am a cancer doctor
I treat patients who have papillary thyroid cancer
this is a slow growing thyroid cancer
ask them if they are planning on doing any lymph node sampling around your thyroid gland at the time of surgery
ask them what is rate of cutting the recurrent laryngeal nerve to the vocal cords which travel next to the thyroid gland and can cause permanent vocal cord paralysis
ask them if they do radioactive iodine therapy after thyroid cancer surgery to prevent papillary thyroid cancer from returning.
papillary thyroid cancers are slow growing cancers. you don't have to be rushed into this surgery
I am talking about the operation as well
ask your surgeon what is their rate of cutting the recurrent laryngeal nerve when they do thyroidectomy surgery.
are you going to take radioactive iodine in the UK?
ask your surgeon if they are planning to sample some lymph nodes around the thyroid gland.
there are some cases of papillary thyroid cancer that doesn't require radioactive iodine therapy.
if you don't have high risk papillary thyroid cancer indicators, you don't need radioactive iodine afterwards.
that would depend on the pathology findings of the thyroid surgery
you will definitely need thyroid supplimental hormone therapy since you won't have a thyroid gland making thyroid hormone
what do you mean, you need a purse for covid 19?
covid 19 is always a risk when we come in contact with people
but if we wear masks, we can limit the spread of the virus
your immune system is not low
you don't need to feel rushed into doing this surgery
you can still have it done in the UK.
there is always a small risk these days with covid virus.
it is not dangerous for you to go through the operation
your immune system is normal.
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I can't do your surgery in the UK
you have to see your GP doctor in the UK for scheduling of your surgery
if you bring pathology slides and reports from turkey to the UK, you may not have to do the biopsy again