NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Thyroid Cancer, Version 1.2017
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
This book is about thyroid cancer, also known as
thyroid carcinoma. The thyroid is a gland found in
your neck. Thyroid carcinoma is a cancer that starts
in cells that form the thyroid gland. This book is for
people with thyroid cancer and those who support
them like caregivers, family, and friends.
Where should you start
Starting with Part 1 may be helpful. It explains what
thyroid cancer is and how this cancer is diagnosed.
Part 2 shares health tests and other care needed
before starting treatment. Part 3 lists the cancer
stages by type of thyroid cancer and briefly describes
the treatments so you can understand your options
in Part 4. Tips for making treatment decisions are
presented in Parts 5 through 7. Part 8 will help you
with questions for your doctors and direct you to
Does the whole book apply
This book includes information for many situations.
Your treatment team can help. They can point out
what information applies to you. They can also give
you more information. As you read through this book,
you may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be right
for your situation. Your doctors may suggest other
tests and treatments based on your health and other
factors. If other recommendations are given, feel free
to ask your treatment team questions.
Help! What do the words
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words you will likely hear from your
treatment team. Most of these words may be new to
you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Feel free to ask your
treatment team to explain a word or phrase that you
Words that you may not know are defined in the text
or in the
. Acronyms are also defined when
first used and in the
. One example is DNA