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Research Letter
May 7, 2020

Assessing the Number of Candidates There Are for Active Surveillance of Low-Risk Papillary Thyroid Cancers in the US

Author Affiliations
  • 1Head and Neck Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2Endocrinology Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online May 7, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0523

In 2015, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) guidelines for the first time endorsed active surveillance (AS) as an alternative to immediate surgery in select patients with low-risk papillary thyroid cancer (PTC).1 To date, very few patients in the US are being treated with AS. The numbers of newly diagnosed patients with PTC who may be AS candidates in the coming years are not known.

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