The prognosis in medullary thyroid cancer is generally good in terms of survival but this depends on your age, the extent of disease at diagnosis and how successful your surgery is.
Some people have advanced disease at first diagnosis. Around half of those diagnosed will have recurrent or persistent medullary thyroid cancer.
After a thyroidectomy, lifelong hormone replacement therapy is required. If your hormone replacement therapy is managed in an ideal manner, you can recover your full physical fitness and return to a normal life as long as you follow a healthy lifestyle.
For the first year, follow-up appointments are scheduled approximately every 3-6 months. The frequency of check-ups is normally reduced to around once a year, especially if there are no symptoms or other signs of disease recurrence.
Follow up tests usually consist of palpation of the neck, an ultrasound examination of the neck, and blood tests.
Longer term follow up will vary according to the stage of your cancer, as well as other factors such as your general wellbeing.