The Role of Ultrasound In Managing Thyroid Cancer
Well-differentiated thyroid cancer is the nineteenth most common cancer with 16,000 new cases each year. It is unique in its behavior in that it frequently occurs in young people and is the second or third most common cancer in the fifteen to thirty year old age group. Although the majority of patients are cured by their initial surgery, the cancer has a propensity to recur or metastasize many years after apparently successful surgery. Therefore, patients require lifelong periodic follow-up, often exceeding fifty years. This presents a challenge to the endocrinologist in charge of their care, not only to observe for recurrence of their cancer, but also to manage their hypothyroidism. A cost-effective approach to the management of these patients using ultrasound is the topic of this chapter.
KeywordsThyroid Cancer Thyroid Nodule Cervical Lymph Node Differentiate Thyroid Carcinoma Whole Body Scan
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