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Papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant, what to do?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Remove lesion: The presence of cancer of the thyroid is best handled by thyroid resection. Depending on the size and location, a lobectomy or total thyroidectomy should be performed. Lymph nodes if present are resected. Radical neck not ut9ilized for node removal. Post oo radio iodine may be indicated and use of those meds to compensate for those anatomical structures removed.
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Type of cancer: Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer. The follicular variant is a subtype named because of how it looks under the microscope. It is treated the same as regular papillary cancer.

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What is pathophysiology of papillary thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Like other cancers: Like all cancers, it results from accumulated genetic mutations that cause the cells to grow inappropriately and eventually destabilize the genome. A variety of mutation groups are known. Most subtypes of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid are not especially aggressive and cures are usual.

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