Tumor Markers for Follow-Up of Thyroid Carcinoma

  • Chr. Reiners
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Abstract

Malignant epithelial tumors of the thyroid can be characterized oncologically on the basis of some special features (Table 1). For the follow-up, it is very important that most of these tumors secrete hormones or hormone precursors which may serve as very specific tumor markers. Because of the generally good prognosis (the anaplastic type excluded), the number of patients who have to be followed-up increases continuously despite the relative rareness of thyroid malignancies (approx. 40 new cases/year in our department). On the other hand, malignant thyroid tumors not seldom metastasize after several years of uncomplicated course. Therefore, the diagnostic program for follow-up requires sensitive, specific, and cost-effective methods which do not bother the patient. Depending on the histological type of thyroid carcinoma, determinations of different tumor markers can fulfill these criteria.

Keywords

Lymphoma Iodine Polypeptide Ferritin Calcitonin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chr. Reiners
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für NuklearmedizinUniversität WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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