NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Thyroid Cancer, Version 1.2017
8 Making treatment decisions Deciding between options
Deciding between options
Deciding which option is best can be hard. Doctors
from different fields of medicine may have different
opinions about which option is best for you. This
can be very confusing. Your spouse or partner may
disagree with which option you want. This can be
stressful. In some cases, one option hasn’t been
shown to work better than another, so science isn’t
helpful. Some ways to decide on treatment are
Getting a 2
Even if you like and trust your doctor, it is helpful
to get a 2
opinion. You will want to have another
doctor review your test results. He or she can
suggest a treatment plan or check the one you
already heard about.
Things you can do to prepare:
Check with your insurance company about its
rules on 2
opinions. You want to know about
out-of-pocket costs for doctors who are not part
of your insurance plan.
Make plans to have copies of all your records
sent to the doctor you will see for your 2
opinion. Do this well before your appointment.
If you run into trouble having records sent, pick
them up and bring them with you.
If the new doctor offers other advice, make an
appointment with your first doctor to talk about the
differences. If you’re not sure what to do, get a 3
opinion. Do whatever you need to feel confident
about your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Support groups often include people at different
stages of treatment. Some may be in the process of
deciding while others may be finished with treatment.
At support groups, you can ask questions and hear
about the experiences of other people with thyroid
cancer. If your hospital or community doesn’t have
support groups for people with thyroid cancer, check
out the websites on the next page.
You can also reach out to a social worker or
psychologist. They can help you find ways to cope
or refer you to support services. These services may
also be available to your family, friends, and those
with children so they can connect and get support.
You can never run away from your
cancer experience, but you can learn
to adapt and live your best life.