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    What is the prognosis of thyroid cancer?

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    Dr Nicolas Oddone Baridon MBBS, MS, MD, FRACS is an accomplished and passionate General Surgeon whose main interest is thyroid surgery (endocrine surgeon). He has … View Profile

    The prognosis of thyroid cancer is usually excellent. The vast majority of thyroid cancers are well differentiated, which means they closely resemble the cells they orginate from. Once treated these patients have the same survival rates as the general population. There are forms of thyroid cancer however that can be very aggressive and locally invade the adjacent structures. In the neck they are all vital structures such as the trachea, carotid artery and jugular vein. These thyroid cancers can be very difficult to treat and carry high mortality. Luckily they are not very common.

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