How does follicular carcinoma progress in patients with thyroid cancer?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Local invasion can occur as it does with papillary carcinoma, with the same presenting features (see Local invasion for Papillary Carcinoma, above).

Cervical and distant metastases

Unlike papillary carcinoma, cervical metastases from follicular carcinomas are uncommon. However, the rate of distant metastasis is significantly increased (approximately 20%). Lung and bone are the most common sites.


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