Postsurgical Follow-Up and Management

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 125)


All patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) should undergo calcitonin (CT) determination at regular intervals after total thyroidectomy. Within 6 weeks after operation serum CT measurement has to be performed to determine whether residual tumor or metastases are present (Fig. 1). Patients with normal basal and pentagastrin-stimulated CT levels suggest a tumor-free state where no further treatment is necessary. They can then be followed-up at half-year intervals with physical examinations, and once a year a pentagastrin stimulation test has to be done (Grauer et al. 1990).


Thyroid Cancer Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma Medullary Carcinoma Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Radioiodine Treatment 
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