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Cancer of the Thyroid Staging

Staging is the process of determining the extent of the disease, including whether the cancer has spread and, if so, how far. The staging not only help provide prognostic information, it is also helpful in the planning of treatment.

What Are the Stages of Thyroid Cancer?

A doctor conducts tests to determine the stage of thyroid cancer A doctor will conduct tests to determine the stage of thyroid cancer, which is then used develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Once thyroid cancer is found (diagnosed), more tests will be done to find out if cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. This helps categorize the extent of the disease and is a process that is called staging. A doctor needs to know the stage of the disease to plan treatment.

Papillary and Follicular Thyroid Cancer

The following stages are used for papillary and follicular thyroid cancer:

Medullary Thyroid Cancer

The following stages are used for medullary thyroid cancer:

Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

Anaplastic thyroid cancer is considered to be stage IV thyroid cancer. It grows quickly and has usually spread within the neck when it is found. Anaplastic thyroid cancer develops most often in older people.

Recurrent Thyroid Cancer

Recurrent disease means that the cancer has come back (recurred) after it has been treated. It may come back in the thyroid or in other parts of the body.

 

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