Papillary tumors are the most common type of thyroid cancer.
Papillary carcinoma typically appears as an irregular, solid mass or cyst rising out of thyroid tissue. Papillary cancer has a high cure rate. This form of thyroid cancer has a ten-year survival rate for all patients; itâs estimated at 80-90%. In about 50% of smaller tumors and in over 75% of larger thyroid tumors, there will be spread to lymph nodes in the neck area. Cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the neck lead to a high recurrence rate but the mortality rate is constant. Spread of the disease to distant area is not as common but can occur in the lungs and bones.
Characteristics of Papillary Thyroid Cancer Targets the 30 through 50 year age group More common in women than men by a ration of 3 to 1 Prognosis is directly related to tumor size. Tumors less than a 1/2 inch large have a good prognosis 85% of patients who have been exposed to radiation develop this form of thyroid cancer as opposed to the otherÂ thyroid cancer types In 50% of cases, there is spread to lymph nodes in the neck Spreading to distant areas in the body is uncommon Very high overall cure rate. For small tumors in younger patients the cure rate is near 100% Management of Papillary Thyroid Cancer
There is much controversy regarding the management and treatment of papillary cancer. Some medical experts state that if the tumors are small enough and not invading other tissues simply removing the diseased lobe and the small center area called the isthmus is sufficient. This alone should allow a chance for a cure comparative to removing the entire thyroid. The more conservative state a low rate of tumor even though small amounts of tumor cells can still be found in nearly