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What happens during surgery to treat papillary thyroid carcinoma?

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In most cases, your doctor removes the entire thyroid, along with any lymph nodes that look to be problems.

If the cancer is small, you might choose to have only part of your thyroid removed. Even in this case though, many doctors think it's better to take it out completely. It can make follow-up care work better and lower the chances that cancer comes back.

From: What Is Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Columbia Thyroid Center: "Papillary Thyroid Cancer," "Thyroid Biopsy Clinic."

NIH, National Cancer Institute: "Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)-Patient Version."

Mayo Clinic: "Thyroid Cancer."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Health Service: "Thyroid Cancer."

Medscape: "Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Thyroid Cancer, by Type and Stage."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 30, 2017

SOURCES:

Columbia Thyroid Center: "Papillary Thyroid Cancer," "Thyroid Biopsy Clinic."

NIH, National Cancer Institute: "Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)-Patient Version."

Mayo Clinic: "Thyroid Cancer."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Health Service: "Thyroid Cancer."

Medscape: "Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Thyroid Cancer, by Type and Stage."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 30, 2017

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