ONCAlert | 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting

The Incidence of Thyroid Cancer Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Jennifer H. Kuo, MD
Published Online: 7:23 PM, Thu March 12, 2015
Jennifer H. Kuo, MD, director, Thyroid Biopsy Program, Columbia University, discusses a study looking at the incidence of thyroid cancer among breast cancer survivors.

Clinical Pearls

  • There is an increased risk for the development of thyroid cancer after having breast cancer. The highest risk is among younger patients.
  • Adjuvant radiation therapy plays a role in this phenomenon.
  • There were higher proportions of tall cell variant papillary, oxyphilic follicular, and anaplastic thyroid cancers observed after breast cancer in this study. These are more aggressive forms of disease compared with what is seen in the regular population.

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