Column 12. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Thyroid Is Currently Classified as a Different Histology from Anaplastic Carcinoma. Are Therapeutic Strategies and Prognosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Similar to Those of Anaplastic Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma of the thyroid grows rapidly, is refractory to radiotherapy and chemotherapy and shows a similar prognosis to anaplastic carcinoma. Long term survival is expected only for patients who can undergo curative surgery and radiotherapy. For advanced cases, palliative therapy and palliative care with an emphasis on the QOL of patients should be adopted.
KeywordsSquamous Cell Carcinoma Palliative Care Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Carcinoma External Beam Radiotherapy
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