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Guidelines for the management of thyroid cancer

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Last updated:30th Jun 2014
The British Thyroid Association Guidelines for the Management of Thyroid Cancer

The intention is to provide guidance for all those involved in the management of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) and some of the rarer thyroid cancers. This document is not intended as guidelines for management of thyroid nodules, though the role of ultrasound (US) in assessing thyroid nodules is included. A summary of the key recommendations for the management of adult differentiated thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid cancer is provided.

The three main aims of the guidelines are:
- to improve the referral pattern and management of patients with thyroid cancer;
- to improve the long-term overall and disease-free survival of patients with thyroid cancer;
- to enhance the health-related quality of life of patients with thyroid cancer.

These guidelines do not address thyroid lymphomas or metastases to the thyroid.

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