Video: Staging Thyroid Cancer and Residual Disease

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Diagnostic tools have become so sensitive that they can detect even the smallest number of cancerous cells that remains after treatment for thyroid cancer. But just because doctors find some thyroid cancer cells does not always mean that additional treatment is necessary, say specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, because they may not pose a significant threat to a patient’s health. The side effects and costs of treatment must be considered carefully before treating these residual tumors.