Commentary (Mazzaferri): Identification and Treatment of Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
April 01, 2006ByErnest Mazzaferri, MD, MACP
Most thyroid cancers are slow-growing, easily treatable tumors with an excellent prognosis after surgical resection and targeted medical therapy. Unfortunately, 10% to 15% of thyroid cancers exhibit aggressive behavior and do not follow an indolent course. Approximately one-third of patients with differentiated thyroid cancers will have tumor recurrences. Distant metastases are present in about 20% of patients with recurrent cancer.