Which organizations have released guidelines for the diagnosis and management of thyroid cancer?

Updated: May 14, 2020
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Organizations that have released guidelines for the diagnosis and/or management of thyroid cancer include the following:

  • American Thyroid Association (ATA) [1, 31, 32]
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) [33]
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology/Associazione Medici Endocrinologi (AACE/ACE/AME) [34]  

A study by Ha et al comparing the sensitivity and specificity of guidelines providing ultrasonography-based fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) criteria found that guidelines from the Korean Thyroid Association/Korean Society of Thyroid Radiology (KTA/KSThR), National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), and American Thyroid Association (ATA) were more sensitive (94.5%, 92.5%, 89.6%, respectively) than were guidelines released by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/ American College of Endocrinology/Associazione Medici Endocrinologi (AACE/ACE/AME), American College of Radiology (ACR), French Society of Endocrinology (FSE), and Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) (80.4%, 74.7%, 72.7%, 70.9%, respectively). At the same time, the latter four sets of guidelines were more specific than were those from KTA/KSThR, NCCN, and ATA. The report also found that among the seven sets of guidelines, those from the ACR led to the lowest rate of unnecessary FNABs (25.3%). [35]

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