Radioiodine treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer related to guidelines and scientific literature.

Affiliation

Servicio de Medicina Nuclear, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, España. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

In differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), radioiodine is administered to eliminate residual normal thyroid tissue after thyroidectomy (ablative treatment), to treat residual microscopic disease (adjuvant treatment), and to treat macroscopic or metastatic disease. Currently, treatment of DTC with 131I is still a matter of controversy due to the absence of prospective clinical trials assessing its benefit in terms of overall survival and recurrence-free interval. The current recommendations of the experts are based on observational retrospective data and on their interpretation of the literature. Pending the results of the prospective trials that are currently underway, the use of 131I seems to be justified not only in high-risk patients, but also in intermediate-risk and low-risk patients. The guidelines of The American and British Thyroid Association, European and American Societies of Nuclear Medicine, The European Consensus Group and the latest edition of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) were considered in drawing up this continuing education document, we also undertook a review of the related scientific literature.

Keywords

(131)I,Cáncer diferenciado de tiroides,Differentiated thyroid cancer,Dynamic risk stratification,Estratificación dinámica de riesgo,Estratificación inicial de riesgo,Initial risk stratification,Radioiodine treatment,Tratamiento con radioyodo,

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