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What are the stages of papillary or follicular thyroid cancer in patients age 45 and older?

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Here’s what each stage of thyroid cancer means in patients over 45:

  • Stage I -- You only have cancer in your thyroid. The tumor is 2 centimeters (about the size of a nickel) or smaller.
  • Stage II -- You only have cancer in your thyroid. The tumor is more than 2 centimeters but less than 4 centimeters.
  • Stage III -- The tumor is larger than 4 centimeters and has spread to tissues near your thyroid, or it’s smaller and has reached your nearby lymph nodes.

SOURCES

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology: “AACE/AAES Medical/Surgical Guidelines for Clinical Practice: Management of Thyroid Carcinoma.”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Thyroid Cancer.”

 

Reviewed by Suchita Pakkala on October 30, 2016

SOURCES

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology: “AACE/AAES Medical/Surgical Guidelines for Clinical Practice: Management of Thyroid Carcinoma.”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Thyroid Cancer.”

 

Reviewed by Suchita Pakkala on October 30, 2016

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