Michigan study finds thyroid cancer treatment varies by hospital:
Posted Aug 21 2011 10:14pm
Michigan study finds thyroid cancer treatment varies by hospital:NCI Cancer Center News
Where thyroid cancer patients go for care plays a large role in whether they receive radioactive iodine treatment, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds... Radioactive iodine following surgery to remove the thyroid is known to be an effective treatment for advanced or high-risk thyroid cancer that is very likely to return. But patients with small, low-risk disease often have an excellent prognosis without radioactive iodine treatment, giving some doctors pause to wonder whether they are submitting patients to unnecessary treatment and risk of side effects.
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