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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Thyroid Cancer, Version 1.2017


Treatment guide


See Guide 24.

Treatment may involve systemic

treatment like chemotherapy. Many people also get

radiation therapy for this type of thyroid cancer. Learn

more about forms of systemic treatment and radiation in

Part 4,

Overview of cancer treatments


The goal of treatment for anaplastic thyroid cancer is

considered. Your doctor may focus on controlling the

tumor growth and improving your quality of life. Your

doctor may offer treatment to help with symptom relief.

This treatment is called supportive care. Doctors may

also refer to this as palliative care. For example, IV

bisphosphonates (pamidronate disodium or zoledronic

acid) or denosumab may be given as palliative care for

bone metastases.

Your doctor may suggest hospice care during this time.

Hospice care will help with the physical and emotional

needs of stage IV cancer. It may be helpful to ask

questions about the goal of therapy for anaplastic

thyroid cancer. One goal of therapy is to seek care from

experts who treat anaplastic thyroid cancer. Learn what

is available for the symptoms you are having. Talk to

your doctor about your treatment options. It is important

to consider clinical trials for all patients with anaplastic

thyroid cancer.




Anaplastic is the least common type of thyroid




Anaplastic thyroid cancer is considered stage IV

at diagnosis.



Surgery may be a treatment option, but it will not

be the only treatment offered.



One goal of therapy is to seek care from experts

who treat anaplastic thyroid cancer.



Your doctor may offer supportive care to help

relieve the symptoms you are having.