Like many other forms of cancer thyroid cancer treatment depends on many different variables. The first and probably most important factor in what type of treatment is recommended will be the stage of the cancer. The more advanced the cancer is the more aggressive the treatment is likely to be. This is especially true if the cancer is beginning to spread to other areas that are located beyond the thyroid.
Once the stage or severity of the cancer has been determined the next step in determining the best thyroid cancer treatment for you is your general health. This factor is almost as important as how advanced the cancer is. This is because when a person has other health problems to consider then some treatments may not be advisable for that person. Some common health problems that may play a part in determining which treatment may be used for treating thyroid cancer include excessively high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes. Each of these conditions alone can be life threatening and may limit the options that may be recommended for treating thyroid cancer.
When the areas of cancer severity and general health have been explored many doctor’s will then consider a patient’s personal preferences in the matter of thyroid cancer treatment. The reason that this is the last thing that is considered in the matter of treatment is because this is the least important issue to consider. For example, if a person prefers surgery as a treatment option but the cancer is too severe or their health is otherwise not stable enough then these concerns will override the personal preference. This is because it is the responsibility of your health care provider to put your health above all other considerations.
The most common thyroid cancer treatment that is used is surgery. When using this method of treatment a person may undergo a complete or partial thyroidectomy. In some cases your doctor may even consider it necessary to remove the lymph nodes from your neck area and test them for cancer as well. This is especially true in cases where these lymph nodes are enlarged.
Once your thyroid gland has been removed you will have to take a synthetic form of the hormone produced by the hormone for the rest of your life. This hormone is necessary to keep your metabolism and hormone balance and without the thyroid your body will no longer be able to produce this hormone.