Thyroid Cancer

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What to Expect

Your first visit may be to either an endocrinologist, surgeon or nuclear medicine physician at the SCCA Endocrine Tumor Clinic, UWMC Endocrine Clinic, or SCCA Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology Clinic. After a complete medical history and physical exam, a number of tests may be done to help in the diagnosis and treatment decisions. Depending on the type and extent of your disease, you may be seen by doctors with expertise in endocrinology, nuclear medicine, radiology, surgery, radiation oncology, and/or medical oncology. Where you will be seen also depends on your diagnosis and prescribed treatment.

Our surgeons see patients at both SCCA and UWMC (in either the Surgical Oncology, Otolaryngology or Head and Neck Clinics). Patients requiring radionuclide imaging and therapy (tests and treatment using radioactive iodine) are most often treated at UWMC but may also be seen at SCCA.

Patients whose thyroid cancer does not respond well to conventional treatment are referred to either Radiation Oncology or the SCCA Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology Clinic to be seen by the medical oncology team. This clinic also directs involvement in clinical trials for patients interested in participating in the testing of new treatments for their disease.

At SCCA and UWMC we work together as a team and offer you the benefit of this partnership between UWMC and SCCA. By combining the knowledge, skills, and experience of doctors from several specialties, we can provide you with the most comprehensive care available anywhere. Our team of doctors review your case and share with you and each other their ideas, opinions, and expertise, ensuring that you receive the best treatment for your disease.

Few medical centers in the United States have the level of expertise and training that is available at SCCA and UWMC.