Report suggests total thyroidectomies are underused in child cancer patients
The analysis was done by surgeons who examined data on approximately 8,000 patients - age 21 or younger - with thyroid cancer whose case records were collected by the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
The overall rate of complications is higher for a repeat thyroid procedure than for most other surgical procedures, and experts believe that having only one thyroid operation is of critical importance. As a result, many surgeons and endocrinologists say that TT - the complete removal of the thyroid gland - is the best care available for treating this condition and preventing a recurrence, according to the media outlet.
Thyroid cancer is the fastest-growing cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
Last updated on 11/18/2010
First published on 11/17/2010