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In This Issue of JAMA Otolaryngology
October 2018


JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(10):859. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1976

In this randomized crossover trial, Nickel et al examined if participant treatment preferences and anxiety levels differed when papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) was described with or without the term cancer. A total of 550 adult participants accessed an online study that presented 3 hypothetical but clinically common terms for describing a PTC diagnosis (PTC, papillary lesion, or abnormal cells) and 3 treatment choices (total thyroidectomy, hemithyroidectomy, or active surveillance). The authors found that the PTC terminology was associated with more invasive treatment preferences and higher anxiety levels. Shuman provides an Invited Commentary.

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