What is the prognosis of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC)?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The overall prognosis for patients with MTC is worse than that of patients with well-differentiated carcinoma. The reported 10-year survival rate is 65% overall. Young age, small primary tumor, low stage of disease, and completeness of initial resection improve survival. Patients with MEN 2B have a prognosis substantially worse than that of patients with MEN 2A, though the prognosis for both groups has improved with early diagnosis and intervention.


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