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verse relationship between age at enucleation and the de- gree of tumor differentiation, evidenced by the presence of rosettes. Tumors in older children tended. There are few tumor forms that present such a tight link between clinical behavior and tumor cell differentiation stage as the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. The parents, based on their undifferentiated relationship with the child, are The end result is often parents raising one child who is less differentiated than they.
The definition of "less than total thyroidectomy" is specified by unilateral thyroid lobectomy, ipsilateral total and contralateral partial thyroidectomy and ipsilateral total and contralateral subtotal thyroidectomy.
The choice of surgical extension was based on ATA guidelines During thyroid resection, only central compartment lymph nodes CCLN located in the ipsilateral site of the primary tumor were dissected prophylatically.
The CCLN or level VI included the pretracheal, paratracheal, prelaryngeal, perithyroidal nodes and lymph nodes located along the recurrent laryngeal nerve. The central compartment was delimited superiorly by the hyoid bone, inferiorly by the substernal notch, laterally by the median portion of the carotid sheath and dorsally by the prevertebral fascia.
Recurrent laryngeal nerves and parathyroid glands were identified and preserved in all cases.
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The procedures were performed by the same surgical team. If patients had evidence of lateral lymph node metastasis in preoperative evaluation, modified radical neck dissection was performed. Radioactive iodine remnant ablation was performed within 6 weeks after surgery.
Indication for radioiodine ablation in this cohort of patients was based on ATA guidelines A I whole body scan was taken on day 2 following radioactive iodine RI therapy. Dose of radioactive iodine for children was calculated based on the patient's body weight 0.
All patients received thyroid-stimulating hormone suppression treatment with levothyroxine according to ATA guidelines The recurrence after surgery was assessed by regular follow-up every 3 or 6 months. Follow-up data was obtained by medical chart retrospectively until December Informed consent was waived by the board. Clinical presentation A neck mass was the most common chief complaint.
Sixty five patients Other initial causes were incidentalomas in 18 cases including patients who were followed-up due to thyroid disease and screening testhoarseness in two cases and neck pain in one case. One patient underwent Sistrunk operation due to thyroglossal duct cyst, and the final diagnosis was confirmed as papillary thyroid carcinoma.
One patient was diagnosed as thyroid carcinoma with lung metastasis during mumps treatment. In one patient, the lung metastasis was discovered during the pneumothorax operation and a wedge resection of the lung was performed, with papillary thyroid carcinoma subsequently confirmed.
One patient had a previous history of exposure to ionizing radiation because of rhabdomyosarcoma in the left mandible. That patient had multiple malignancies which were chondrosarcoma in the left clavicle and osteosarcoma in the left knee. The patient treated chemotherapy and radiation therapy Table 1. At the time of surgery, 60 patients had localized disease in central neck and 30 patients had lateral neck node metastasis.
Seven patients had pulmonary metastasis at the time of surgery and all patients with pulmonary metastasis presented lateral neck node metastasis at the time of surgery. Table 1 Open in a separate window Surgery Surgical treatment consisted of less than total thyroidectomy 42 patients, Table 2 Open in a separate window Pathologic characteristics Mean tumor size was Extrathyroidal extension was evident in 51 cases Sixteen patients had diffuse thyroiditis Two patients had recurrent laryngeal nerve invasion, during the operation the nerve was dissected for the treatment Table 3.
Mean age of the 41 patients nine males, 32 females, 1: The tumor size was The RI dose ranged from 30 mCi to mCi in initial non-pulmonary metastasis patients.
The likelihood of cure is dependent on the specific RET mutation as well as the age of diagnosis and surgery. Anaplastic thyroid cancer ATC: ATC is an extremely rare type of thyroid cancer that occurs almost exclusively in older adults. See Anaplastic thyroid cancer brochure. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is located in the lower front of the neck, just above the collarbone. Thyroid cancer often presents as a lump in the thyroid and usually does not cause any symptoms see Thyroid Nodule brochure.
Blood tests are generally not helpful in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, since they are usually normal even when a cancer is present. Neck examination by a medical provider is a common way in which thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer are found.
Often, thyroid nodules are discovered incidentally on head and neck imaging done for unrelated reasons. Occasionally, children themselves find thyroid nodules by noticing a lump in their neck during routine daily activities. Uncommon signs and symptoms include pain, difficulty with breathing or swallowing or hoarseness of the voice. Pediatric thyroid cancer is more common in children who have a history of exposure to radiation that was used for treatment of other cancers.
However, for the majority of children who develop thyroid cancer, there is no known risk factor and nothing that could have been done to prevent it from developing. Exposure to radioactivity released during nuclear disasters the power plant accident in Chernobyl, Russia or the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan has also been associated with an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer, particularly in exposed children. Thyroid cancers can be seen in exposed individuals up to 40 years later see Nuclear Radiation and the Thyroid Brochure and www.
Thyroid cancer usually presents in the form of nodule s in the thyroid. Thyroid ultrasound US is used to determine which nodule s should be further evaluated. The size of the nodule is only part of the selection process and there are several other important US features that your physician will use to select which nodules should be evaluated.
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For patients with a thyroid nodule, it is very important that the US exam include images of the lymph nodes from the lateral side neck. The next step after US is to perform a fine needle aspiration FNA biopsy to obtain cells from the nodule and look at them under the microscope. The FNA is performed with a very skinny needle smaller than that used to draw blood.
The procedure can be mildly painful and many pediatric thyroid centers will offer some technique to decrease the pain and anxiety of the procedure. US is typically used to ensure the needle is in the proper location. FNA of the thyroid nodule s and abnormal lymph nodes can be performed at the same time.
The results may take up to one week to return and are divided into four possible categories; unsatisfactory not enough cells to make a diagnosisbenign not cancermalignant papillary thyroid cancer and a greyzone result where the cells are not clearly normal benign and not clearly cancer.
The initial therapy for all types of thyroid cancer is surgery see Thyroid Surgery brochure. The extent of surgery will depend on the location and number of nodules, a history of autoimmune thyroid disease, and the FNA biopsy results of the nodule and lymph nodes. Either a total thyroidectomy removal of the entire thyroid gland or lobectomy removal of half of the thyroid gland will be recommended.
Surgical removal of lymph nodes from behind the thyroid central neck or lateral neck will be determined based on the FNA biopsy results. The goal is to have an accurate surgical plan based on pre-surgery imaging and FNA to decrease the need for more than one surgery. However, for some patients, a second surgery is unavoidable. For all children, referral to a center with experienced thyroid surgeons one who performs 25 or more thyroidectomies per year is important in an effort to reduce complications.
After surgery, children who have their entire thyroid removed will need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives see Thyroid Hormone Treatment brochure.
Children that have half of the thyroid removed lobectomy may also need follow-up testing to ensure that the remaining thyroid tissue is producing adequate amounts of thyroid hormone.
Radioactive iodine RAI therapy, also referred to as I therapy, is used to treat any thyroid cancer that is left after a total thyroidectomy.
This may include either a small amount of cancer remaining in the neck residual or metastases that cannot be removed with surgery, including cancer that has spread to the lungs.
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RAI is not used after a lobectomy. Thyroid cells have the ability to absorb and concentrate iodine and use iodine to make thyroid hormone. Since differentiated thyroid cancer develops from normal thyroid cells, most DTC also have the ability to absorb iodine. Thus, RAI is used as a targeted form of treatment to eliminate all remaining normal thyroid tissue and destroy ablate residual cancerous thyroid tissue see Radioactive Iodine brochure.
Since most other tissues in the body do not absorb iodine, RAI administered for ablation usually has little or no effect on organs outside of the thyroid. However, in some patients who receive larger doses of RAI for treatment of thyroid cancer, the salivary glands that produce saliva can be affected and result in dry mouth. In addition, for some children, it may be necessary to re-treat remaining DTC tissue.
If higher doses of RAI are used more than once, there may also be a small risk of developing other cancers later in life. The potential risks of treatment can be minimized by using the smallest, effective dose of RAI and waiting as long as possible between RAI treatments to ensure that more RAI is necessary. A single RAI treatment may continue to destroy the cancer for 12 months or more after administration.
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So, waiting is not a risk, and may be a benefit, to see if additional treatment is necessary. The amount of spread metastases outside of the thyroid gland and to lymph nodes is used to select patients where the benefit from RAI is greater than the risk of treatment. Patients with small tumors and patients with no or minimal evidence of spread to lymph nodes behind the thyroid are considered to be at low-risk and these patients may be followed without receiving RAI.