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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

helpful resources.

Does the whole book apply

to you?

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

don’t understand.

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