Endocrine Abstracts (2007) 13 S60

Helping the patient through different types of thyroid cancer

Robert G Dyer

Torbay Hospital, Torquay, United Kingdom.

Patients with thyroid cancer usually present with a lump in the neck. However, the vast majority of patients with lumps in the neck do not have thyroid cancer. The practical investigation and management of patients with lumps in the neck will be discussed, with reference to national and international guidelines. Diagnostic dilemmas and controversies will be highlighted.

The types of thyroid cancer will be reviewed, with reference to their clinical behaviour, treatment and prognosis. The importance of the multidisciplinary team and service organisation will be discussed.

How can we most effectively follow up thyroid cancer patients? What medical therapy is required and how should it be monitored?

What is the role of the endocrine nurse in management and follow up of patients with thyroid cancer?

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