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Left thyroid papillary carcinoma. some follicular cells show hurthle cell/oncocytic changes. is the treatment generally thyroidectomy & rad. iodine?

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Dr. Todd Woltman answered

Specializes in Surgery

It depends on the size of the tumor. Most surgeons agree that total thyroidectomy is preferable, although there are dissenters. This allows treatment with radioactive iodine and gives us the ability to follow a marker in the blood, thyroglobulin. For very small tumors, observation alone is an option.

Answered Apr 13, 2014

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Dr. Uma Swamy answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Here is good patient resource online: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/thyroid-cancer.

Answered Dec 8, 2012

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Dr. David Jakubowicz answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Depending on size and charevteristics most would recommend a total thyroid and possible radioactive iodine. Speak to your surgeon and endocrinologist.

Answered Dec 13, 2012

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