NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Thyroid Cancer, Version 1.2017
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
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
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
Anaplastic is the least common type of thyroid
Anaplastic thyroid cancer is considered stage IV
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.