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Welcome @faith29, I hope you saw the helpful comments from fellow Thry-vors: @salish33 @koh and @skipeak. I'd also like to bring @nancirae and @jhornsby who have experience with follicular thyroid cancer in the discussion.

It's understandable that you're scared. Mayo Clinic offers these questions to think about asking your oncologist:
– What type of thyroid cancer do I have?
– What stage is my thyroid cancer?
– What treatments do you recommend?
– What are the benefits and risks of each treatment option?
– I have other health problems. How can I best manage them together?
– Will I be able to work and do my usual activities during thyroid cancer treatment?
– Should I seek a second opinion?
– Should I see a doctor who specializes in thyroid diseases?
– How quickly do I need to make a decision about thyroid cancer treatment? Can I take some time to consider my options?
– What might happen if I decide to have regular checkups but not have cancer treatment?
– Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
– Am I able to access my medical records through an online patient portal?

Might Mayo Clinic be an option for getting a second opinion?

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Hi Colleen,
Thank you for the list of questions. I wouldn’t have thought of half of them. I meet with the surgeon in a couple of days and then I have a second opinion with another surgeon the following week. I live in Massachusetts but if need arises. I would not rule out traveling to the Mayo. I appreciate the response and great questions.
Be well,