Thyroid cancer information and locations in Mexico

This cancer begins in the thyroid gland and starts when cells grows out of control. The cancerous cell can form on the follicular cells, C cells, immune system cells, and supportive cells.
Surgery is the main treatment for thyroid cancer. There are two surgical methods, the surgeon will choose one depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. The procedure is done using general anesthesia, through an incision in the patient’s neck to reach the thyroid gland.

Surgery for thyroid cancer

It involves the removal of the tumor and the isthmus, preserving the rest of the thyroid. This method is used for smaller tumors that present little risk of spreading and avoids the need to take thyroid hormone pills.
Used for larger cancer growths that have a risk of spreading to other areas of the neck. It involves the partial or complete removal of the thyroid gland’s tissue. After surgery, is necessary to start thyroid hormone therapy, to replace the natural hormone production.
Lymph node removal
This method is used when cancer has spread to the nearby lymph node. Usually, the lymph nodes are removed at the same time that the thyroid.
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Procedure: 2 hrs.
Hospital stay: 2 - 3 hrs.
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After surgery
Out of town patients’ follow-ups are scheduled with the surgical oncologist after 7 - 10 days from thyroid cancer surgery. Patients are clear for flying after 7 days from thyroid cancer surgery.
Note: Follow-ups can be arranged as face-to-face or virtually. If needed, you can go to your primary care physician to remove sutures or get medication adjustments.
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Thyroid cancer frequent questions

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions and what to expect after the surgery.
Am I a candidate for thyroid cancer surgery?
This procedure is recommended for patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer, or for those who find themselves at a high risk of developing it in the future. We recommend you to refer to one of our professional doctors for an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
How do I prepare for thyroid cancer surgery?
Patients with a previous thyroid condition, such as hyperthyroidism, might be prescribed special medication before the surgery to help improve their recovery process. All patients will be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 12 hours before the procedure.
Which surgery do I need?
Your surgeon will do an examination to determine which kind of surgery do you need. If the cancer is small and contained in a single area, a lobectomy will be performed, but if the examination shows that the cancer is bigger and presents signs of spreading, your doctor will choose a thyroidectomy.
Do I need to take hormonal supplements after the surgery?
This depends on how much of your thyroid gland needs to be removed, a thyroid gland can usually perform all of its functions with only half of its original size, but if more than half of your gland has been extracted, you will need to take hormone supplements to replace the naturally occurring thyroid hormone.
What are some of the side effects?
Thyroid cancer surgery usually leads to minor complications, but as with any form of surgery, there is a possibility of risks occurring, these include bleeding, infection, and possible damage to the surrounding tissues. Some patients might experience temporary hoarseness on their voices in the days following the surgery. If you’re experiencing one of these problems contact your specialists immediately.

Disclaimer: This information does not reflect the medical advice from our clinics. All cases are different and this treatment may not suit you. Always refer to a medical professional with the certification and experience. All of our physicians are fully qualified to perform these procedures. For more information and diagnosis contact one of our top specialized clinics.

In all medical procedures, there are chances of complications, the specialist will provide you detailed information about the risks of the procedure, talk to the specialist directly.