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...
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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.

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