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Thyroid Cancer Landscape Advancing to Include Novel Surgical Techniques

Gina Columbus @ginacolumbusonc
Published: Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

Michael Bouvet, MD

Michael Bouvet, MD
Surgical advancements, particularly nerve monitoring and parathyroid imaging, have played an important role in evolving the treatment for localized thyroid cancer. However, challenges still exist as to determining whether an individual patient’s tumor warrants surgical intervention or observation.

on Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Bouvet, professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego, highlighted the evolving surgical options in the thyroid cancer field.

OncLive: What are the common symptoms and risk factors of thyroid cancer?

Bouvet: Thyroid cancer is increasing in frequency and it often presents in younger patients. Some of the patients are as young as 20 years old and the average age of diagnosis is about 40. Oftentimes, it will just be something that the patient discovers—a little lump in their throat—or it could be discovered by their primary care physician in the office who did a neck exam and they found a little lump in the neck. 
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