These are challenging times for the country, and especially for our patients with suspected or confirmed head and neck/thyroid cancer. Please be assured that we are continuing to see, investigate, and treat all patients with suspected cancer. If you have worrying symptoms please contact your GP, or if you are already one of our patients contact either my secretary or your Clinical Nurse Specialist. If you are waiting for surgery, we are now carrying out NHS cancer surgery at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihul as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Solihul Hospital.
For most people with suspected thyroid cancer, a wait of a few weeks before surgery will have no adverse effect at all. We are working with a number of other providers, including the private sector, to provide NHS patients with surgery for the treatment of thyroid cancer, as well as carrying out diagnostic thyroid lobectomies. Please contact my secretary or our Clinical Nurse Specialist team if you would like to discuss the timing of your surgery.
If you are already on the waiting list for thyroid surgery at University Hospital Birmingham, you may be contacted in the coming weeks with a date for your operation. You will be asked to self isolate as much as possible for the 2 weeks before your operation, and you may be asked to attend for COVID test before you operation. This is to reduce the risk to both you and the staff at the hospital.
Many of our patients were waiting for, or were expecting, radio iodine treatment for thyroid cancer as the COVID-19 pandemic began. We have now re-introduced radio-iodine treatment in a staged form. For the most at risk patients, we are hoping to be able to deliver radio-iodine in June 2020, for lower risk patients we are aiming to deliver the treatment in October 2020. If you have any concerns of queries please contact my secretary or our Clinical Nurse Specialist team.
We are still taking new referrals, both from GPs and other hospitals for suspected head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer. If you have symptoms that you are worried about please contact your GP and they will be able to arrange a referral to our team at UHB. You will initially be contacted by myself or one of my head and neck consultant colleagues for a telephone appointment and you may then be asked to attend for a face to face appointment or a scan/biopsy.
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT, PLEASE DO NOT DELAY, SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR GP.