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How do I like she confirm cancer has not spread(staging info) before surgery? Http://www.Bbc.Co.Uk/news/world-latin-america-16342685

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: You are correct

President kirchner was just diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.
Staging this cancer requires completion of the operation, followed, in most cases, by a total body scan to search for metastatic disease (cancer elsewhere in the body). Based upon this news report, the absence of lymph node involvement is likely based on a preoperative ultrasound, which is helpful but does not replace surgery.

In brief: You are correct

President kirchner was just diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.
Staging this cancer requires completion of the operation, followed, in most cases, by a total body scan to search for metastatic disease (cancer elsewhere in the body). Based upon this news report, the absence of lymph node involvement is likely based on a preoperative ultrasound, which is helpful but does not replace surgery.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
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In brief: Staging

Staging typically involves the use of imaging and surgery.
We use the tools of physical exam, ct scans, mri's, bone scans, and now pet scans to determine if a cancer has spread beyond the originating organ. During surgery, lymph nodes are often dissected out and put under a microscope to see if tumor cells have moved into them, a sign that a cancer has metastasized.

In brief: Staging

Staging typically involves the use of imaging and surgery.
We use the tools of physical exam, ct scans, mri's, bone scans, and now pet scans to determine if a cancer has spread beyond the originating organ. During surgery, lymph nodes are often dissected out and put under a microscope to see if tumor cells have moved into them, a sign that a cancer has metastasized.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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