This information describes how your thyroid cancer care will be transitioned from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to your local endocrinologist. We will answer frequently asked questions that patients have about this process.
At MSKCC, we have a plan of care for our patients who have completed treatment for thyroid cancer. This plan is based on your individual needs. You have passed the time when most problems for thyroid cancer occur. As a result, you can start seeing your local endocrinologist for your future healthcare needs. This transition may seem scary at first, but we will help you as much as possible.
Your MSKCC doctor or nurse practitioner (NP) will be available to you and your endocrinologist if there are any questions about your care, or if you develop a new thyroid problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don't have a local endocrinologist?
We will help you find a local endocrinologist if you do not already have one.
How will my endocrinologist know about my thyroid cancer treatment and follow-up care?
Your MSKCC doctor or NP will send your endocrinologist a detailed summary of your care at MSKCC. This report will include information about your treatment, your most recent test results, and recommendations for follow-up care.
Will I need any other care for my thyroid cancer?
Every year, you should have blood tests that measure the thyroid tumor marker (thyroglobulin) and your thyroid hormone levels. The results of the tests help your doctor adjust your thyroid hormone medication. You should also have a physical examination every year.
What other care will I need?
You should follow up with your primary care doctor to address your other health needs, such as checking your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You should continue to follow our recommendations for cancer screening and other steps to improve your health, especially those related to diet and exercise.
I see doctors at MSKCC for reasons not related to thyroid cancer. Can I continue to do so?
If you see doctors at MSKCC for other reasons, ask them if this care should be continued at MSKCC or switched to your primary care doctor or a local specialist.
What if I have another problem related to thyroid cancer and need to come back to MSKCC?
If you have any problems related to thyroid cancer or your treatment, we want you to come back to MSKCC. We will give you and your endocrinologist contact information to make an appointment.