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The UK Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Thyroid Cancer: Key Recommendations

  • Maria G. Pavlatou
  • Sarah J. Johnson
  • Petros Perros
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Abstract

A review of the most important recommendations of the latest edition of the UK British Thyroid Association guidelines for the management of thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer is presented here. A notable trend in the UK guidelines has been an increasing focus towards a more individualized approach and less aggressive treatments for indolent tumors. The current guidelines also emphasize the role of high-resolution ultrasound on the initial stratification and long-term management of the thyroid nodules and introduce a three-tiered clinico-pathologic risk stratification system and the concept of dynamic risk stratification to provide an individualized approach to ongoing management. Overall, these guidelines aim to optimize long-term outcomes in patients with thyroid neoplasms, offering the most appropriate treatment to high-risk individuals while avoiding overtreatment of those at low risk, taking into consideration the importance of maintaining patient quality of life.

Keywords

Thyroid nodule Differentiated thyroid cancer Individualized treatment Dynamic risk stratification Ongoing management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria G. Pavlatou
    • 1
  • Sarah J. Johnson
    • 2
  • Petros Perros
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne HospitalsNHS Foundation TrustNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne HospitalsNHS Foundation TrustNewcastle upon TyneUK

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