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Reflecting on a 5-Year Journey to My MTC Diagnosis

Editor’s Note: In this Q&A, Patient Perspectives columnist Christine Pudel, RN, answers questions from her editor. A 30-year-old wife, mother to a son, and a registered nurse, Christine was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in 2016 and has undergone 2 surgeries, as well as radiation therapy. Her columns uniquely capture a life with MTC…

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The Benefits of TKIs in Treating Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

The only curative treatment for medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is total thyroidectomy and lymph node dissection. However, even with patients in whom a radical surgical approach has been taken, serum calcitonin levels can be persistently high in macroscopic MTC. In a 10-year period, 50% of patients undergo relapse despite surgery. Distant metastases in the lungs,…

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