Individualized treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer: The value of surgery in combination with radioiodine imaging and therapy - A German position paper from Surgery and Nuclear Medicine
SourceNuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine, 61, 2, (2022), pp. 87-96
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Nuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine
SubjectRadboudumc 14: Tumours of the digestive tract RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
A consensus statement about indications for post-surgical radioiodine therapy (RIT) in differentiated thyroid cancer patients (DTC) was recently published by the European Thyroid Association (ETA) 1. This publication discusses indications for RIT on the basis of an individual risk assessment. Many of the conclusions of this consensus statement are well founded and accepted across the disciplines involved. However, especially from the perspective of nuclear medicine, as the discipline responsible for indicating and executing RIT, some of the recommendations may require further clarification with regard to their compatibility with established best practice and national standards of care. Assessment of the indications for RIT is strongly dependent on the weighing up of benefits and risks. On the basis of longstanding clinical experience in nuclear medicine, RIT represents a highly specific precision medicine procedure of proven efficacy with a favorable side-effect profile. This distinguishes RIT significantly from other adjuvant oncological therapies and has resulted in the establishment of this procedure as a usually well-tolerated, standard safety measure. With regard to its favorable risk/benefit ratio, this procedure should not be unnecessarily restricted, in the interest of offering reassurance to the patients. Both patients' interests and regional/national differences need to be taken into account. We would therefore like to comment on the recent consensus from the perspective of authors and to provide recommendations based on the respective published data.
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