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Keywords:

  • thyroid cancer;
  • thyroid neoplasms/secondary;
  • metastasis;
  • thyroid surgery;
  • metastasectomy

Abstract

Metastases to the thyroid gland are uncommon. Renal, lung, breast, and colon cancer and melanoma are the most common primary diseases implicated. Few retrospective series have been reported. Treatment decisions must be individualized, and will depend on the state of systemic disease. Selected patients could benefit from surgical treatment. Although most patients selected for surgery will not be cured, the aim of surgery is to avoid the complications of uncontrolled central neck disease. J. Surg. Oncol. 2014 109:36–41. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.