There are 4 main types of thyroid cancer:
- papillary - 70% - mainly affects young females, excellent prognosis
- follicular - 20%
- medullary - 5% - associated with MEN-2 (more on MEN tomorrow)
- anaplastic - 1% - very poor prognosis and resistant to treatment.
Rarely a patient can have lymphoma of the thyroid - this usually follows hashimotos disease.
The mainstay of treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery.
Lets break into a canter as we head on to legionella...