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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

discussed next.

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.

Getting support

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.

- Brittany