Learn About Thyroid Cancer

LEARN ABOUT THYROID CANCER

With about 60,000 new cases diagnosed every year in the United States, thyroid cancer has become more and more prevalent in the past few years and is now the most common endocrine malignancy. There are four types of thyroid cancer (papillary, follicular, medullary and anaplastic) each with their own incidence rate and prognosis. Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are considered differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). DTC is a common malignancy that comprises the majority (85–95 %) of these cases. Although surgery is a widely accepted method of treatment for DTC, the extent of surgical management is still debated in many cases.

The following videos are available for public viewing, prior to registering with the TCCC. Once you are registered, you will gain access to all 40 patient education videos.

Evaluation of Thyroid Nodules

Overview of how doctors evaluate a growth in the thyroid and the next steps for examining the nodule to find out if it is cancer.

Different Types of Thyroid Cancer: An Overview

A brief overview of the different types of cancer that can arise in the thyroid gland.

Management of a Patient Diagnosed with Papillary or Follicular
Thyroid Cancer: An Overview

Overview of the management of the most common types of thyroid cancer from initial diagnosis and treatment through disease surveillance recommendations.

REFERENCES:

American Thyroid Association Thyroid Nodules brochure (.pdf)

Jemal A, Siegel R, Xu J, Ward E. Cancer statistics, 2010.
CA Cancer J Clin. 2010;60:277–300.PubMedCrossRef

Pereira JA, Jimeno J, Miquel J, et al. Nodal yield, morbidity, and recurrence after central neck dissection for papillary thyroid carcinoma. Surgery. 2005;138:1095–100.PubMedCrossRef

Cisco RM, Shen WT, Gosnell JE. Extent of surgery for papillary thyroid cancer; preoperative imaging and role of prophylactic and therapeutic neck dissection. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2012;13:1–10.PubMedCrossRef