What is the staging for papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) in patients aged 45 years and older?

Updated: Jun 18, 2020
  • Author: Ponnandai S Somasundar, MD, MPH, FACS; Chief Editor: Neetu Radhakrishnan, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Staging for patients aged 45 years and older is as follows:

  • Stage I - T1, N0, M0 (cancer only in thyroid, and less than 2 cm)

  • Stage II - T2, N0, M0 and T3, N0, M0 (cancer only in thyroid and between 2-4 cm)

  • Stage III - T4, N0, M0 and any T, N1, M0 (tumor greater than 4 cm or cancer spread outside thyroid but not outside of the central neck compartment)

  • Stage IV - Any T, any N, M1 (cancer spread to either cervical lymph nodes outside of the central neck or distant organs)

See Thyroid Cancer Staging for more information.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!