Thyroid cancer treatment in South Korea

For thyroid cancer treatment in South Korea we refer the majority of our patients toAjou University Hospital. This institutions is part of the 28 medical centers certified by the JCI commission in South Korea.

The hospital boasts one of the best medical teams treating thyroid cancer. Dr. So, the president of Ajou Medical Center and the Korean Society of Endocrine Surgeons, is the head of this endocrine department. His resume places him as the leading voice in the nation with several international awards. He has performed over 6,000 thyroid surgeries with an impeccable record.

As our primary recommendation we, at Medical Avenue, offer patients direct access to Dr. So and immediate answer from the endocrine department at Ajou University Hospital.

Beside Ajou University Hospital, we also recommend Severance Hospital and Asan Medical Center, in Seoul, for thyroid cancer treatment.

Here you will find a table with key information about thyroid cancer diagnosis, treatment and surgery:

Procedure Pre surgery test (out-patient)
Time 1 day
Price $500 – $1000 **
Pre surgery tests (in-patient)
1 day
$500 **
Surgery (in-patient)
1 day
$4,500 – $7,000 ** Open surgery
$11,000 – $14,000 ** Robotic surgery
Recovery (in-patient)
3-5 days
$2,000  ** (single bedroom)
Recovery and tests (out-patient)
5-7 day
Total price $8,500 – $10,500 ** Open surgery
$14,000 – $17,500 ** Robotic surgery
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** Time and prices are just estimations. Every case is assess by the healthcare provider to determine the cost of treatment.

What is thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer is more common in young people (below 50 years) than other types of cancer. Almost 75% of the cases are reported in women. Fortunately, the survival rate of thyroid cancer goes almost to 100% in the first two stages. Noteworthy, this number applies for papillary thyroid cancer, follicular thyroid cancer and medullary thyroid cancer.

The thyroid gland is the starting point of thyroid cancer. The thyroid gland is located in the front part of the neck, just below the cartilage popularly known as Adam’s apple. This gland presents mostly two types of cells, follicular cells and C cells. Both of them can degenerate into cancer cells and create an abnormal size of the gland.

Thyroid nodules are the abnormal bumps or lumps at the thyroid gland. These nodules are usually benign, but about 10 to 15% are cancerous. The three types of cancerous tumors at the thyroid gland are: differentiated (papillary, follicular and hurthle cell), medullary and anaplastic (a very aggressive type of cancer).

Papillary cancer is the most common of thyroid cancers counting for around 80% of the cases, followed by follicular cancer with 10% of the cases.

In case you find an abnormality in the size of your thyroid gland, please immediately consult your doctor. Your physician might recommend to go under medical tests to determine the cause of the abnormality.