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Papillary, follicular, and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma and lymphoma 

Papillary, follicular, and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma and lymphoma
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Papillary, follicular, and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma and lymphoma
Author(s):

Sophie Leboulleux

and Martin Jean Schlumberger

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.3346
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date: 14 December 2019

Papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas are the most frequent forms of thyroid cancers and are among the most curable cancers. However, some patients are at high risk of recurrence or even death from their cancer, and can be identified at the time of diagnosis using well-established prognostic indicators (1–3). The apparent increase in the incidence of thyroid carcinomas observed in recent years is mainly related to an increased detection of low risk small carcinomas in adults, which is attributed to an improvement in diagnostic techniques (4, 5). This leads to the treatment of an increasing number of low-risk patients for whom an optimal quality of life should be maintained. However, the number of high-risk patients remains unchanged and these patients require aggressive treatment and follow-up. The extent of initial treatment and follow-up should therefore be individualized according to recent guidelines and consensus (6, 7).

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