What is the follow-up for thyroid cancer patients?

Periodic follow-up examinations are essential for all thyroid cancer patients and include a careful history, physical examination, ultrasound imaging of the neck and blood tests to measure the levels of T4 and thyroglobulin, which is a thyroid cancer marker. Your doctor may want to repeat every so often a whole body iodine scan to determine if any thyroid cells remain in the body. This can be done by having you stop your thyroid hormone and become hypothyroid (see above) or by giving you Thyrogen™ (synthetic human TSH) injections.