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Treatment of Patients with Papillary or Follicular Thyroid Cancer
by Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D.
Endocrinologist, Private Practice of Thyroidology,
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
permission from Dr. Rubenfeld's book Could It Be My Thyroid?
exists in almost all areas of treatment of patients with differentiated
thyroid cancers, but, hopefully, results from ongoing research will
resolve many of these controversies. Patients with papillary or follicular
thyroid cancer may receive the following treatments:
Typical Treatment of a Patient with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer*
*does not apply to a patient treated with only a lobectomy
The selection and the sequence of different treatments and follow-up tests may be confusing. Therefore, an overview of events following the diagnosis of papillary or follicular thyroid cancer may be helpful. The table...illustrates the steps in the typical treatment of a patient with differentiated thyroid cancer. It does not apply, however, to a patient treated with a lobectomy alone or to a patient with extensive local tumor invasion who requires external-beam radiation.
Last updated: October 23, 2006