Here is one place to start for more information - TC Handbook for Civil Aviation Medical Examiners
Do a search for hypothyrodism and you'll see what it says.
Good luck - medical issues and these type of decision are always difficult to deal with.
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That is, don't fly if you have a condition or you're receiving medical treatment that makes you unfit to fly.404.06 (1) Subject to subsection (3), no holder of a permit, licence or rating shall exercise the privileges of the permit, licence or rating if
(a) one of the following circumstances exists and could impair the holder’s ability to exercise those privileges safely:
(i) the holder suffers from an illness, injury or disability,
(ii) the holder is taking a drug, or
(iii) the holder is receiving medical treatment;
And secondly to inform your doctor and optometrist that you hold an aviation document (Aeronautics Act, 6.5(2)).
Every doctor and optometrist in Canada (not just a CAME) is required by 6.5(1) of the Aeronautics Act to report anyone with an aviation document who has a condition likely to constitute a hazard to aviation "inform a medical adviser designated by the Minister forthwith of that opinion and the reasons therefor." If they do that then TC will contact you to tell you if your medical certificate is suspended.
Other than that it's up to your CAME to approve your request for a medical renewal at the appropriate time. The CAME has the responsibility to confer with TC if in doubt.
I don't see anywhere a requirement for you to report anything to TC yourself, and I don't know what TC would do with that information if you provided it to them. You're not a doctor and you wouldn't know what to report.
The medical handbook referred to above says:
So you are now on notice that you have a condition which until stabilized meets the test in 404.06(1)(a)(i). So you have to ground yourself. But I still don't see anything that requires you to tell the government about it. That's your doctor's job.Thyroid Disorders:
Hypothyroidism is acceptable if adequately treated and stabilized.
Presumably you have recovered from the mono and are feeling fine ?
Assuming that you feel well and have not had your thyroid removed yet, you are not hypothyroid yet and are not taking thyroid replacement therapy.
The thyroid cancer has been and is most likely asymptomatic and you are fortunate that it was picked up incidentally.
How far off is the thyroid surgery ?
I don't see any need to disqualify you from flying until you have the surgery, if you feel well physically and mentally, and the surgery is some time off AND your thyroid function is normal.
Your GP/CAME is well qualified to make this call and to stabilize your thyroid function post surgically and get you back flying. He will likely only need to report your surgery and treatment on your next medical to TC.
Hypothyroidism is easy to treat and easy to monitor, and once stable it tends to stay that way .
The long and the short of it is that you should discuss all of this with him/her and take his advice re your options.
I think you have made all the right decisions. Best to return to work with a clean bill of health after surgery and not having that hanging over you.
Good luck, it should all turn out well for you.
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I have not talked to them recently but they are stressing me out. Can't be good for my hypertension. I'm going to phone and ask maybe tomorrow.
Good luck c-GGGQ. You seem like a good guy. My mom lost her thyroid in her twenties and lived a fairly normal life on the medication.
Now's probably a good time to get that ear pierced.
Too bad the surgery wasn't in October... That scar, plus a couple of plastic bolts, could have given you a great Frankenstein's Monster costume for halloween.
Glad to hear the surgery went well... Good luck with the medication and keeping your medical. It sounds like it's not a disqualifying condition at least!