Papillary Thyroid Cancer Facts and Tips
- Papillary thyroid cancer, also known as papillary thyroid carcinoma, is the most common type of thyroid cancer. In fact, papillary thyroid cancer accounts for about 85% of thyroid cancers.1
- Women are more likely to develop papillary thyroid cancer than men, and it is most common in people who are 30 to 50 years of age.
- In many cases, people don't even realize they have the disease until their doctor notices an abnormal, albeit painless, lump near the thyroid gland.
- In 30% of people with papillary thyroid cancer, the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in the neck in the follow-up after thyroid surgery.2
- The bones and lungs are common sites where papillary thyroid cancer metastasizes.
- There is no known cause of papillary thyroid cancer. But researchers know that it starts slowly.
- Papillary thyroid cancer is very curable—especially if you are diagnosed early.
- Papillary thyroid cancer is treated, in part, by surgically removing the thyroid gland, a procedure known as a thyroidectomy.
- If you require a total thyroidectomy, you body will no longer be able to produce thyroid hormones. To compensate, you'll need to take thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
- What Is Thyroid Cancer? The American Cancer Society Web site. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_thyroid_cancer_43.asp?sitearea=. May 14, 2009. Accessed February 15, 2010.
- Skugor M. Thyroid Cancers. In: The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Thyroid Disorders. New York: Kaplan Publishing; 2009:133-134.